It’s nearly 2016, but what does that mean for you? It means you’re probably dreaming about the endless champagne showers that you’ll be consuming on New Year’s Eve and into the new year. If you’re like most people, you probably just grab that s****y bottle of bottom-shelf bubbly (Cooks) each time there’s cause to celebrate. But, what if we told you there was a better option? Luckily for you, the Void team (of renowned champagne experts) conducted a careful set of (mostly) scientific experiments to see which brand of champagne will get you the most bang for your buck.
What we bought: Ballatore (Really Cheap), Korbel (Cheap), Mionetto (Moderate), Mumm Napa (Classy)
The first and most important test we conducted was bottle-popping distance. With proper cork popping technique, we launched these beauties one-by-one and carefully recorded the results below:
- Moderate – 45ft
- Classy – 64ft
- Cheap – 81ft
- Really Cheap – 80ft
Clearly, the cheaper the champaign, the longer your cork will travel. You may or may not have a longer hangover as well … but that’s why you get New Year’s day off, right?
The second test we conducted was a blind taste test. We pulled three different candidates and asked them to tell us which which one they thought was the most expensive and which one they thought tasted the best. The results were a bit surprising:
Chris guessed that the most expensive was number 4. Correct! His favorite was also option 4, proving his palate for champagne was very good. Chris passed the test.
Tye guessed that number 4 was cheapest, which was actually the most expensive. He also thought option 3 tasted the best and that it was in fact the cheapest. Needless to say, Tye failed the test, and because he’s a serious beer nerd, we can rule out that the two are pretty much unrelated.
Amy guessed number 4 was best tasting and that the most expensive was option 2. Amy also failed the blind test because the number 2 champagne was in fact the second cheapest of the bunch.
In the end, our experiments concluded that if you’re looking to get some bubbly to celebrate the new year, get the cheap stuff. Odds are, you probably have never had actual champagne from Champagne, France, so you most likely don’t even know what the high-quality stuff should taste like. So, bottom line is, go for something around the $10-$15 range (Korbel) and you’ll be pleased, just be sure the bottle comes with a cork and not that plastic, screw-off crap.
By Devin Rawiszer and Zach Sweat | Editor in Chief and Digital Editor