Once your menu is set next step is to add beverages such as wine champagne.
There are different ways of trying and selecting wine and champagne.
Wine Champagne Wedding Celebrations tips to save money.
You can attend consumer wine shows where you can taste test. Exhibitors can help you choose wines. You can explore wine lists at restaurants. Take a wine tour. Ask parents and friends for their suggestions. Check out wine retail outlets.
There are several good books on searching for wines and champagnes. Author and teacher Kevin Zraly  has written a best-seller Windows on The World Complete Wine Course, pictured right.
“Several wines are available only at wine retail outlets. They usually offer a complimentary wine tasting. Services can include glassware rental service, free delivery, personalized label service, and accessories. They can also give advice on quantities and wine selections.
Choosing a Wine for Wedding Celebrations.
• Look at the wine for color and clarity. It should be bright and without sediment.
• Swirl your glass to bring out the aroma (nose or bouquet). Think of words to describe the wine. Such as fruity, vegetative, floral, spicy, nutty, earthy, woody or chemical. If the wine smells of vinegar it’s too old.
• Taste the wine, noting fruitiness, acidity, tannins and alcohol.
• Swirl it slowly around your mouth before swallowing. Your tongue has four different taste areas which react to sweetness. At the tip, sour on the upper edges, bitterness at the back, texture (body/astringency) down the center. Also on the insides of the cheeks.
• At the finish there should be a lingering taste that reaffirms the quality of the wine.
Pairing food and wine so that they complement each other. It may seem to require special skills but basically it is rather simple.
There are no rules. But there is a natural sequence to serving wine with food.
• Always serve a dry wine before a sweet one.
• An average vintage before a great one.
• A white before red.
• A young before an aged one.
Remember that a wine should always complement the dish not overpower it.
Use a tulip shape glass for red, white and rosè wines. A classic red wine glass has a larger bowl than the tulip glass. A classic white wine glass is slimmer.
A champagne flute is very thin, indeed.
Choosing a Champagne for Wedding Celebrations.
Champagne was invented by the monk Dom Perignon in the 1600s. It soon became the choice beverage with which to toast brides and grooms. It’s a tradition which carries on.
It takes a minimum of three years to make ordinary Champagne. Longer for vintage quality. The price reflects the vintage.
Unless you are used to drinking Champagne it is a beverage that most people have to acquire a taste for. Most wine-producing countries make Champagne.
A real Champagne will have the country before the word Champagne on it. Such as German Champagne. French Champagne. Otherwise it probably is a sparkling wine.
Canadian champagnes are considerably cheaper and offer good value.
A vintage Champagne is more expensive. It is made from grapes from one single year. Non-vintage Champagne is made from a blend of three or more different harvests.
Champagne taste terms are in French.
Extra brut – means totally dry. Brut – medium dry. Sec – slightly sweet. Demi-sec – fairly sweet. Doux – sweet.
Magnums of Champagne are the freshest. You can sometimes purchase them on sale. There are approximately 20 glasses in a magnum. One case of traditional 750 ml Champagne bottles will serve approximately 75 glasses.
Wine Champagne and sparkling wine ideas.
Alternatives to Champagne in order to achieve the “pop” effect of the cork. Sangria a fruity champagne or an extra dry sparkling wine. They are less expensive than most Champagnes.
Taste the Champagne or an extra dry sparkling wine before you buy in quantity.
Look for the Champagne to have small beads (bubbles). Not large ones when the bottle is uncorked.
Sometimes couples make their own Champagne bottle labels. Most wine outlets will also do this. It shows the couples names and wedding date.
Opening & serving Champagne.
• Chill Champagne and/or sparkling wine.
• Do not let anyone shake the bottle. Otherwise when it opens the cork will go flying. And you’ll lose over one-third of the liquid into the air. Someone may get hurt.
• Place one hand around the neck of the bottle. Your thumb on the top of the cork.
• Undo the wine muzzle with your other hand.
• Replace your grip on the bottle and your thumb on the cork.
• Place a cloth under the bottle.
• Hold onto the top of the cork and turn the bottle. The gas in the bottle will force the cork out.
An English custom is when the cork is out indent it slightly with a knife. Then place a dime minted in your wedding year in the indentation. Write the wedding date on the cork and keep it as a good luck piece.
• Serve the Champagne in a tall narrow clean tulip or flute glass. Cleanliness is vital – soap residue in a glass of Champagne can cause it to go flat.
Wine Champagne Glasses.
Related articles to read.
• Wines for Weddings Magazine.