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A toast with a difference?


#1

Evening all!

My family have a bit of a multi celebration coming up. It’s something we do once a year as we are dispersed across the country and often don’t get to spend Birthdays and Anniversary’s together.

It’s a bouncy castle Bbq and BYOB. But as it’s my turn to host :flushed: I need to get something in for a toast. Most years it’s a fairly standard prosecco or cheap champagne but as I’m the token “Wino” I would love to offer something different.

All suggestions greatly received, but realistically my must haves are;
*Fizzy (it’s a celebration after all)
*No more that £20 a bottle (it’s a big family)
*Not Prosecco

Any thoughts?


#2

Aldi Cremant de Jura…100%Chardonnay, about £8… Just a personal thought bouncy castle + alcohol :roll_eyes:


#3

Sounds like a good shout… I’ll definitely try and sample this weekend!

:joy: As a general rule the bouncy castle is for the children… who generally don’t drink as much alcohol!


#4

Society’s Saumur Brut is great value:


#5

Or this forum favourite and great value


#6

Until they go to bed. Then it’s a good scoot of washing up liquid on the bounce floor and aim the hose at it.

Bouncy castle foam party :sunglasses:


#7

@herbster …??? Sounds like there’s a new thread to be started :rofl::see_no_evil::rofl::rofl::rofl:


#8

We love this little gem from Waitrose, and we’re yet to meet guests who don’t enjoy it:
https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/les-dauphins-blanc-de-blancs-nv-france/747476-589453-589454
It’s a refreshing blend of Marsanne and Rousanne, and is light and frothy and fun - not unlike @Herbster’s foam party! :wink:


#9

Like @tom I’d go with the Societys Samir, but I’d got rosé. Adds a bit of fun and IMHO it’s more of a crowd and pleaser.

https://www.thewinesociety.com/shop/ProductDetail.aspx?pd=SG1071


#10

How about some Cava? Tastes like champagne, at least half the price. This one is made by Muga:

Or the total bargain that is:

I’d always reach for a bottle of Cava in place of Prosecco. Prosecco - eugh. :nauseated_face:


#11

The Haro is seriously good.


#12

Slightly over budget but it’s English, from Ridgeview.


#13

This is great fun with a barbecue!


#14

My first choice for that sort of event would be the Aldi cremant - decent stuff for a great price, and looks the part too.

But if you are in Aldi, and you think the Champagne name might go down well, try their Champagne too - around £12 I think. Personally I prefer the cremant, but I know others that rate the Champagne.


#15

And the Society Rose Saumur is also lovely, one of our favourites, with added pinkness!


#16

All seriously good suggestions! :smiley: My two cents:

My go-to party fizz - pretty Champagne-like in style but ridiculous value IMO.


#17

Definitely second Aldi Cremant de Jura. You cannot go wrong for the price - it’s a great buy. Wou.ld also “second” the Hortas do Caseirinho Frisante.


#18

If you’d wanted a sub £10 bottle you’d presumably said so…

Plenty of supermarket and Majestic Champagne available under £20.
Maj also have English fizz Chapel Down Brut NV for £17.23 for two weeks

And M&S have a third off wine sale at moment.

World’s your lobster - in the words of the immortal Arfur Daley


#19

If you’re looking for different I’d really recommend this. Lovely and creamy but still fresh and citrussy.


#20

Wow!! Thank you all very much for taking the time to recommend!

I fully intend to get trying all of those… I don’t want to give it out blindly obviously! :grin: