Celebrations often call for champagne, and sometimes the cause for celebration is the champagne itself. Host a champagne tasting party and uncork the senses of this bubbly varietal with games and food centred around enhancing the aroma and taste of each sip. Ask guests to bring a bottle of their favourite or visit a local wine shop for advice and discounts.
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Set the tone for a champagne tasting party with a creative invitation. Make invites that look like an expensive label of champagne by creating them with a downloaded software program, using online e-mail invitation services or by making them with quality paper and markers from a craft store. Research champagne labels online or go to a local wine seller for inspiration. Photograph or print copies of labels for reference. Invitations can be e-mailed directly from a software program, e-mail service, scanned in and e-mailed or sent through regular post.
Select 6 - 12 different bottles of champagne or sparkling wine, depending on the number of guests and how many varietals you want to taste; each bottle will pour around five glasses for an average serving, and about 12 glasses for a tasting serving. Choose labels from different areas of the world, however, if it's not from the Champagne region of France, it is technically sparkling wine. Varying up the regional selections will allow for a larger option of varietals to choose from.
Throwing a champagne party also means rolling out some finger foods for guests. Fried food, white cheese and dark chocolate all go great with bubbles. Pair plain crackers or chips with caviar and Prosecco, dark chocolate brownies with a demi-sec and fried popcorn shrimp with a brut. Cut up strawberries, apples and kiwi to pass around as well. If time is short, cut up an assortment of white cheeses to serve with crackers, and place serving bowls of dark chocolate candies throughout the room.
Party Favors and Games
Play games to enhance the flavour and tasting experience. Collect 6 jars and place a handful of elements that make up the champagne's flavour. Use ingredients such as dried apples, lavender, wood chips, yeast and caramel. Instruct guests to sniff the contents of the jars and then sip the champagne. Each guest can take turns noting the flavours brought forth by the aromas. Blindfold guests who have more distinguished noses and play another round relying on only scent and taste.
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