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One bottle of champagne for 9 People?

broncophil Oct 1, 2009 10:05 AM

I was given a bottle of really expensive champagne.

I have a dinner party tomorrow for a party of 9.

Would a normal bottle of champagne "fill" 9 champagne flutes.

Or should I not even serve it?


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  1. c oliver RE: broncophil Oct 1, 2009 10:16 AM

    Do not serve it! A bottle will fill four to five flutes depending on their size. A bottle is the perfect amount for two people.

    Wait a minute! I'm assuming a regular size, not a magnum or larger.

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    1. re: c oliver
      broncophil RE: c oliver Oct 1, 2009 10:24 AM

      its a regular... i thought it filled 8 flutes?

    2. invinotheresverde RE: broncophil Oct 1, 2009 10:24 AM

      It definitely won't fill nine flutes, but you could start the meal with a toast. Everyone will end up with about three ounces in their flute, which, in my opinion, is a perfect amount to toast with.

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      1. re: invinotheresverde
        broncophil RE: invinotheresverde Oct 1, 2009 10:44 AM

        hmmmmm. i might have to rethink this.. thanks for the info.

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        Brad Ballinger RE: broncophil Oct 1, 2009 10:51 AM

        25 ounces in a 750ml bottle of wine--with or without bubbles. Nine people would get just under 3 ounces each.

        For NYE going into 2000, I hosted dinner for 8. I opened a bottle of 1986 Dom Perignon Rose. It was (and still is) the only bottle of Champagne over $200 that I've ever owned. I knew everyone would get only a taste, but I also know that all of them had never tasted a Dom before, and that most of them may never taste one ever. I didn't even care if half of them couldn't tell the difference between Dom and Cook's.

        So my answer to your question is what would be your reason for serving or not serving it?

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger
          broncophil RE: Brad Ballinger Oct 1, 2009 10:57 AM

          i was going to serve it with raw oysters (yes, oysters from a very reputable source..)

          1. re: broncophil
            chefdilettante RE: broncophil Oct 1, 2009 12:59 PM

            If I were being served multiple courses each accompanied by a different wine, I wouldn't find anything wrong with a 2.5-3 oz pour. So, to answer your question: The bottle won't fill 9 flutes but will serve 9 guests for one course.

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              scrappydog RE: chefdilettante Oct 2, 2009 12:16 PM

              I agree with chefd and the rest of the posters. I think 9 or 10 people would be the maximum before it became unworkable. It will not be a full flute, but it will be enough for each person to enjoy the wine with that course. To me, there is even more pleasure in sharing good wine with good friends than consuming good wine alone. Your plan allows everyone at your dinner participate in the fun.

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          cstr RE: broncophil Oct 2, 2009 11:28 AM

          If you state that it's a 'taste', serve it but, have something else to serve as well.

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          1. re: cstr
            sedimental RE: cstr Oct 2, 2009 02:28 PM

            I would also suggest not serving another (cheaper) champagne after tasting the good one. It won't be as good. Serve a nice white wine or something (not champagne) instead.

          2. danna RE: broncophil Oct 15, 2009 11:33 AM

            If it were I, I would invite my best friend & spouse (assuming they were part of the party) to come over 30 minutes early to enjoy some "really expensive champagne." It's not that I think there's anything wrong w/ giving each guest a small taste of champagne, it's just that I'm selfish and I would want more for myself....

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            1. re: danna
              wew RE: danna Oct 15, 2009 03:43 PM

              About ten years ago while working wine at a restaurant, the host of a party of 14 people ordered one bottle of DP Rose and instructed me to pour it for everybody. I did and it became known as 'wet at the bottom of the glass'. Much merriment around the table expressed when the host left to take a 'phone call. (My suggestion, made softly to the host, to have two or more bottles of cheaper champagne was rejected)

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              hsk RE: broncophil Oct 15, 2009 11:00 PM

              It depends on your glassware. If you use 5oz champagne flutes, 3oz would be about 2/3 the height of the glass and would look just fine. If you use 8oz tulip flutes (or the really wide ones) 3 oz would look very skimpy.

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