Factors to Consider While Buying Champagne Online

Markus Reed | News Apr 02, 2015

Know the basics before buying wines and champagne online.  Buying alcoholic drinks, especially champagne online is definitely convenient, but one needs to have a good knowledge of them to make the right kind of purchase. There is a huge variety of alcoholic drinks with different ingredients and preparation styles etc.  You need to consult an expert to understand the differences and choose a bottle that suits your taste and style.

Champagne is a sparkling wine made from three types of grapes: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, and it is created exclusively in the Champagne region of France.

Champagne is the wine of celebration. No other wine is so associated with joy and festivity. Its meaning and appeal are universal. 

Here are brief descriptions of some champagnes available through wine stores and online stores throughout Australia.

G.H. MUMM BRUT NON VINTAGE
Clean and subtle on the nose. Rich fleshy fruits in the mouth with toasted nuts and subtle yeasty overtones. Fresh, elegant and balanced with a long, creamy finish.

MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial is the House’s iconic champagne. Created in 1869, it embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity.

VEUVE CLICQUOT BRUT NON VINTAGE
Initial fruity notes open into brioche and vanilla followed by rich depth on the palate with ripe apple flavours.

PAUL LOUIS SPARKLING
The Loire Valley is the largest producer of French sparkling wine outside of Champagne. The style of sparkling from this area is known as crémant, the French term used for high quality, locally produced, dry sparkling wines. 

Champagne is, all things celebratory. So to celebrate a special occasion, why not make champagne cocktails and desserts too! A couple of recipes below to get you started…

Champagne Cocktail

  • 6 white sugar cubes
  • Angostura bitters, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 x 750ml bottle Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • Place 1 sugar cube in each Champagne glass. Drizzle with 4-5 drops of bitters and set aside for 5 minutes to soak.
  • Pour brandy evenly among glasses and top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Champagne Frosting (For your next batch of chocolate cupcakes!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces) semi-sweet Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (13 ounces) powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Bring one cup (8 ounces) Champagne to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. It will reduce to less than 1/4 cup.
  • Remove from heat. Cool completely.
  • Melt chocolate. Let cool.
  • Beat softened butter on medium speed for two minutes until fluffy.
  • Beat in melted chocolate.
  • Beat in Champagne concentrate and 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Champagne.
  • Beat on medium speed for one minute until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and beat well between additions.
  • Beat on medium speed for two minutes until light and fluffy.