Thanksgiving Champagne recommendation
Wishing all of you and your families and friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I have been invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my friend and his family in Houston, TX
As a gesture of gratitude, I asked them what gift I could get for them, and they very politely suggested Champagne.
As I do not consume alcohol, I was wondering if you could please provide me with a nice Champagne that I should take for them?
The only name I have ever heard of is Dom Perignon, but again, I don't know much about this subject!
I appreciate your help.
Dom is really expensive.
I like Piper-Heidsieck's Rosé Sauvage (it's a pink champagne), but not sure of its availability and what it sells for in Houston.
If you think they would accept a sparkling wine (real champagne comes from Champagne, everyone else makes sparkling wine), there are some nices cavas from Spain, and sekt from Germany that are food-friendly. Steve's suggestion of a one from the Loire valley (a Crémant) is also good.
Go to a wine shop and ask someone there to suggest a grower Champagne for you to take. You should be able to find a very nice one for under $40, and your friends will surely enjoy it.
I assume they plan on serving it with or before the dinner (since they made a specific suggestion -- but instead of pumpkin pie, you get to bring Champagne). So what you bring may depend on how many people will be there (do you bring more than one bottle?) and how wine savvy they are (as already mentioned, do they specifically want Champagne, or are they using the word to mean anything with bubbles?). Answers to both question have budget implications, as well as how much you pesonally want to spend.
If you plan to bring more than one bottle of anything that contains bubbles, I'd suggest Gruet Blanc de Noirs. Gruet is made in New Mexico, and, well, there's just something about drinking wine from the U.S. on Thanksgiving. It runs $15-$20 bottle. And, most importantly, it tastes good. The Blanc de Noirs version will do pretty well with most stuff that shows on the Thanksgiving table.
If my assumptions are wrong, and you are just offering a gift to the hosts with the chance that they may simply enjoy it on their own, follow Steve's advice.
How much would you like to spend? I recently discovered Prosecco, Italian sparkling wine, as it is clean, floral with just a touch of sweet. It is also reasonably priced and imho, much more palatable than lesser expensive champagne. Ask at the store for a rec. One domestic, inexpensive sparkler that's easy to please and highly reviewed is the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (black label).
For gifting, can't go wrong champagne, there's always Veuve Clicquot.
Lastly, relax as you are guest and your host will want to make you as comfortable as possible. You can always say to your host "hope you enjoy this, some friends of mine recommended it"...that is, chowhound friends : )
NV Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut - France, Champagne (10/31/2011)
This new N.V. is amazing showing floral, apricots, pie crust, minerals and sharp acidity. Just a great effort with a complex, medium finish. Highly recommend and one of the top N.V. Champagnes this year. (92 points)
The new N.V. hitting the markets is outstanding. Make sure they don't have older N.V. Pipers sitting around as they are not as good.
Vilmart N.V. is amazing and better than most Vintage Champagnes I have tasted this year but hard to find.