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Dec 27, 2003
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champagne ideas?

k i have NO idea what champagnes are good or bad or anything! lol, so any recommendations?

- I'll need to be able to get it at LCBO
- preferably something that isn't a lot...i don't need those huge bottle ones
- something that isn't too expensive either ie. <$20
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well, you are going to tell us a bit more about what you want specifically....

that's like me asking; what's the most sensible way to travel? but excluding the place of departure and arrival.

and know, i haven't found any champagnes that i could truly catogorize as "universal" if you were going to ask that :lol:
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Inexpensive stuff --> Spumante Bambino (as the name says, it's the kid's)

Good stuff --> Asti Spumante

Great stuff --> Dom Perignon
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You won't find good champagne under $20.
"Champagne" is French, the rest is sparkling white wine.
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what's the difference between champagne and sparkling wine?

and i need some for my 1 year anniversary with my gf, but she really isn't big on alcohol, so i don't really need "good" stuff
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Nov 27, 2002
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Champagne is a region in France. Only Champagne comes from the region with the same name. Sparkling wines can come from anywhere.
I believe the French government has strict rules on how is is produced, and when the grapes can be picked.

I'm sure someone at the LCBO can help you out with your selection as well.
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i would recommend martini asti for your needs. it is light, colourful, and sweet. perfect as a casual/desert beverage. very refreshing.

about 13.00$ for 750ml, last time i picked it up.
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k, i'll look into the martini asti! thanx for the suggestions!
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there should be an entire section of inexpensive sparkling white wines, just go by the sweetness code.. 00 is dry, 01-02 should be sweet enough. if in any doubt ask someone at the store to recommend a nice tasting one.

myself i prefer the real thing, dry. mmmm so good.
That's my 2cents worth
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it's been several years since i bought sparkling wine. i like henckel trocken. i paid under $15 for 750ml bottle.
the lcbo staff can give you recommendations for your price range. don't worry about asking them questions. they're helpful.
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My fav champagne is Veuve Clicquot Brut (750 mL for $58.05). As others have mentioned, only real champagne is from Champagne.

A less expensive substitute would be an Italian Prosecco.
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Veuve Cliquot is considered the traditonal standard when it comes to champagne. It's "real" in that it's from the Champagne region in France. If you're trying it for the first time, this is a good place to start.

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