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Aug 23, 2010 12:03 AM

Cheap Champagne to buy in Toronto

Hi: Some friends and I are planning a huge New Year's Party and my job is to source the Champagne. Any ideas of where I can get cheap and tasty Champagne by the case in Toronto?. Also, Is this a good time to begin looking?. Thank you.

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  1. Are you looking for true Champagne, or will a sparkling wine do? What's your price point?

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      The LCBO website is a wonderful thing, and very easy to do a product search and gather pricing information.

      As TorontoJo suggests if your open to something other than champagne, there are always one or two cremants available that are quite often better than champagne itself. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference, and they are a fraction of the price you'll pay for champagne.

      Larson champagne is one that I find to be reasonably priced but can be hard to find unless you are lucky to hit a release date. Naturally as we get closer to NY, they will become more readily available.

      1. re: millygirl

        Yep, that would be my recommendation if you want quality French sparklers without the Champagne price -- any of the cremants: cremant d'Alsace, cremant de Bourgogne, cremant de Loire.

        They generally run $18 - $22.

        If you want a cheaper price point, then my recommendation would be a good cava, specifically Segura Viudas. Like the cremants, it's made using methode champenoise and is great value at $14.50.

        1. re: millygirl

          I checked toe LCBO website as you suggested. Very interesting for a first time look. Thanks.

          1. re: cangirl

            OK, at the risk of sounding brusque -- are you from Toronto? You do realize that the LCBO is the only place to buy liquor in Ontario, right? (with the exception of a few Ontario wine outlets, and direct wine brokers)

            This thread has some great suggestions for you, as well as the information that you are most likely not going to get a sale.

            Here are the suggestions for sub $15 sparkling wines on this thread:

            - Segura Viudas Brut Reserva - $14.55
            - Cordoniu Brut Clasico - $12.70
            - Bottega Prosecco

            Or do a search for "prosecco" or "cava" or "sparkline wine" on the LCBO site and see what else is available. The web site lists every single bottle of wine available at the LCBO.

        2. re: TorontoJo

          Yes, a sparkling wine would do. I am thinking no more than $15 per bottle to keep costs down. A sale would be good!

          1. re: cangirl

            Then go with the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva at $14.50 a bottle. Champagnes and sparkling wines don't really go on sale at the LCBO. You may occasionally see a dollar off here and there, but that's extremely rare.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Sometimes you'll see bottles at Vintages for a few bucks off, not that it makes much of a difference (especially for the OP).

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Not that it helps the OP, but the LCBOs in small towns often have significant mark-downs when product goes on sale. In Petrolia for example, I've seen Mumm's marked down by 40%. I'm not sure why they get way better sales than us, but I suspect it has something to do with the difficulty of moving certain products in rural areas.

                1. re: graydyn

                  Damn, that would be nice to see here in Toronto once in a while!

            2. re: TorontoJo

              Sparkling wine would definatey do. Nothing over $15 - a sale would be great!

            3. Segura Vidas is a good call.

              We also like Cordoniu (another Spanish sparkler), which comes in at a slightly reduced price point:

              Note that Cordoniu also makes a rosé at $16.95.

              Prosecco may be another good option, although it tends to be a bit fruitier/sweeter than cava.

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              1. re: Rabbit

                Ditto on both recs. I was just coming back to suggest a prosecco, if the OP doesn't mind a sweeter sparkler. They are generally cheaper as well. I can't suggest a specific brand, as I don't actually like the sweetness of proseccos, unless I'm making a bellini, of course!

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  My wife and I really enjoy Bottega prosecco available at the LCBO for around $15.

                  -- ST

              2. While not cheap anymore I like the Peller Estate Ice Cuvee with Ice Wine Added in. For Budget I recommend Segura or if you can make a trip to a Costco South of the Border try the Kirkland Champagne (it is a Real Champagne) is an amazing value.

                  1. Would it be worth it for you to do a trip to Buffalo? If not, I've always found Freixenet Cordon Brut (13.70) to be a good cava and none-too harsh on the palette.

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                    1. re: UCC007

                      I was wondering where the love for Freixenet was. Unless you're going for vintage champers, I find this as good, half the price of French, and not near as sweet as domestic attempts.

                      1. re: UCC007

                        About the recommendations to go to Buffalo:

                        Be aware that there are restrictions on crossing the border with alcohol. After you stay a while (48 hours I think) you can bring back 1.5L of wine duty-free. Anything over that you'll have to pay tax and duty on, which can add up pretty quickly (there are a lot of taxes and duties on booze).