Fizzing, bubbling, exciting and inspiring. Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, but perhaps is most inextricably linked to setting the mood for romance.
With wedding season upon us, New York City-based wine expert and bride-to-be Chantelle Pabros, is sharing some of her favorite ways to incorporate everyone’s favorite celebratory beverage into all those magical moments — from popping the question, to the engagement party to the big day. “Whatever your style — vintage glam, classic black- tie, modern, art deco — Champagne is the common denominator that completes the most memorable day of your life,” says Pabros. From romantic Champagne Towers to gorgeous Champagne-inspired arrangements to the perfect Champagne and dessert pairings, here is a great guide to elevating the wedding experience.
When it’s time to pop the question, splurge on a vintage Champagne that neither of you will ever forget. It’s more than just opening a bottle, it’s an emotional connection. A big, juicy rib eye and a tin of caviar is all you need to offset great Champagne (and the big question!). Try Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, which is made from 100 percent Chardonnay, aged for 10 years, and only in the best vintages. “The beauty of a luxurious Champagne is the intrinsic qualities and complexities of the final blend, that extra touch of aging, and the textural experience that you can indulge in as it has a chance to evolve,” says Pabros.
THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY
With the growing trend of Champagne cocktails, a Rosé Champagne garnished with fruit or flowers is a terrific signature drink for an engagement party. The delicate pale pink color and racy vibrancy is perfect for warm weather parties, and is unbelievably effortless when it comes to food pairing. “Always a crowd pleaser, refreshing and expressive, all you have to do is pull the bottles out of the fridge and set out the Champagne coupes and some garnishes like edible flowers, raspberries and strawberry slices,” she says.
THE WEDDING DAY
The honor of any Champagne house lies in the quality of its non-vintage Brut. It is for this reason that Champagne Taittinger makes its Brut La Française every year of consistent quality. Delicate with aromas of white flowers, vanilla and brioche, this Champagne is a great accompaniment for toasts, Champagne towers, and delicious with wedding cake, making it a great choice for the big day.