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Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

Hello all,

With the holiday party season soon upon us, I am wondering if any of you have a favourite, go-to, easily available and reasonably priced sparkling wine (prosecco, sekt, champagne, etc.) that you are willing to recommend?

We are not big wine people (so don't have much of a clue over these things) and don't want to spend a fortune - but would like something that our guests or recipients will generally enjoy drinking.

Thank you for your suggestions and happy Monday.
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

Mauler is apparently very nice. It's a Swiss sparkling Prosecco and they have a pink one too.
I don't like sparkling wine or champagne much as it gives me a splitting headache so I don't really drink it but most people here seem to like this one ( although that may just be because it is locally produced).
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Mauler is apparently very nice. It's a Swiss sparkling Prosecco and they have a pink one too.
I don't like sparkling wine or champagne much as it gives me a splitting headache so I don't really drink it but most people here seem to like this one ( although that may just be because it is locally produced).
Thanks Belgiunmum. I like buying swiss produced stuff - do you happen to know offhand where they sell it and approx. price? Otherwise I will watch for it in the Coop wine section...
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Thanks Belgiunmum. I like buying swiss produced stuff - do you happen to know offhand where they sell it and approx. price? Otherwise I will watch for it in the Coop wine section...
They have it in the COOP and I think it's around 20chf a bottle although they often have it on offer at this time of year.
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

Co-op have 20% off presecco and champagne at moment..
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Old 16.11.2015, 09:29
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

The Blanc de Blanc from Domaine des Charmes is pretty good: Link
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Co-op have 20% off presecco and champagne at moment..
I should get over there sooner than later, then.

I always see well organized people buying cases of wine at the Coop or Denner during these sales. I can certainly see the logic of keeping it on hand, instead of scrambling around for a bottle or two at the last minute. We have a very small collection of bottles - some of them gifts from some fuzzy time past, some of them "origin unknown" that we daren't take with us to dinners or open up for guests for fear they taste like rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

I try to surprise my guests and make them discover not very well known drinks.
As alternative to proseco, champagne etc....:

- Clairette de Die

- Crémant
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The Blanc de Blanc from Domaine des Charmes is pretty good: Link
Score! One producer that covers all wine eventualities! That could be "my thing," as in "did you know she only serves Domaine des Charmes?"
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

The default is for me the Riesling Sekt from Kloster Eberbach, Hessische Staatsweingueter. Around 9 EUR at Kaufland and as good or better than all the sub-40 CHF champagnes sold in CHF I tried.
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

You can get this in Coop (I've tried it, it's tasty):

https://www.mondovino.ch/Champagner/...ut/P1003195001

and it got a pretty good grade on Kassensturz

http://www.testbeste.ch/k-tipp/testbericht/champagner
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I can certainly see the logic of keeping it on hand, instead of scrambling around for a bottle or two at the last minute. We have a very small collection of bottles - some of them gifts from some fuzzy time past, some of them "origin unknown" that we daren't take with us to dinners or open up for guests for fear they taste like rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
Or even worse giving them back a 'rare' bottle that they had given to you in the first place.
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I try to surprise my guests and make them discover not very well known drinks.
As alternative to proseco, champagne etc....:

- Clairette de Die

- Crémant
Those also look good. Sigh. Info overload. I noticed the wines were from Alsace/Rhone valley. It would also be nice to live near the french border and buy some of the huge variety, incredibly cheap and good bubbly in the shops there. Friends from Alsace came to visit and brought a bottle of Wolfberger Brut which was very nice and supposedly about 6-7 euros!
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Or even worse giving them back a 'rare' bottle that they had given to you in the first place.
Ha! You know, I am pretty sure I have done something like that before.
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Mauler is apparently very nice. It's a Swiss sparkling Prosecco and they have a pink one too.
I don't like sparkling wine or champagne much as it gives me a splitting headache so I don't really drink it but most people here seem to like this one ( although that may just be because it is locally produced).
To be fair, Mauler is NOT a prosecco. It has been made for 185 years by the same family (Mauler) from Alsace, in an old Clunisian Abbey closed by the Reformation in the lovel village of Môtiers. www.mauler.ch

It is made exactly like the best Champagnes, with the same grapes - they can't call it Champagne due to AOC rules- but it is exactly the same grapes and method. They have a whole array of different types, from very dry to more fruity, and of course pink. Excellent value and well worth a visit- you can taste and sample there (next to the train station, useful- especially if you have lunch at the superb Hôtel des Six Communes next door, and then go and visit the Maison de l'Absinthe Museum later! A full visit needs to be booked in, but watching the film (ask) and sampling is free if you buy, or small charge if you don't. Best value around for great quality.

Denner and Landi only carry some of their wares - you can also buy on line- click on link above.
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Score! One producer that covers all wine eventualities! That could be "my thing," as in "did you know she only serves Domaine des Charmes?"
The "Findling" is a good Apero/starter white
The barrique merlot may be a bit too robust for chicken - the 1er Cru Pinot noir would work better.
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I'm not a big champage drinker, it usually gives me a headache.

Once at a party a friend got me a bottle of cava and I've been buying it ever since. No headache and the taste (to me) is much better than most.

https://www.mondovino.ch/suche/cava+...7ulRoCT-3w_wcB

It's the second one, Cava Clásico. It costs about 10F but, as you have it, Coop has it on sale.
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Nothing wrong with Mauler (or some patriotism...), but to be honest is Cremant d'Alsace coming from the Alsace usually both cheaper and better for my taste...

Bottom line: Paying around 40-45 CHF for one of the big Champagne brands gets you on the safe side and it is pretty much impossible to get a bad product. However do you pay at least 15-20 CHF out of this for the label and Champagne region tag. France, Germany and pretty much all other countries that produce decent white wine have a surprising variety of good sparkling wines these days. Last week I had some Russian sparkling wine and my expectations were frankly pretty low... as all the Krim Sekt I had before was just terrible (sticky sweet stuff for soviet females while the guys are drinking vodka...). But this brand was actually quite good if you go for at least the brut but better extra-brutt varieties: http://www.abraudurso.ru/en
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Re: Reasonably priced "bubbly" recommendations?

Volg, the local village shop outside the cities has its own sparkling wine "Volgaz". Quite low in alcohol (7-9 % from what I recall) but very drinkable. 12.90 a bottle is also not bad.

In a blind test carried out by Kassensturz (consumer affairs TV show) it came in as number one (from a range of 12 Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas, and sparkling wines)

Summary of that here
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Have you thought about going along to this?

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