$15 or less
WHAT : Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut (sparkling white) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Hungary
WHY : I now pronounce you husband/wife and husband/wife. You may pop the cork. Yes, it's the season of confetti, dirty dancing and barfing bridesmaids, so let's hit the bubbly. Hungaria is a great budget option for toasting. A touch of yeast in the bouquet, bright and fruity and a very dignified bottle. The wedding party will think you splurged.
PRICE : 750 ml/$10.85
AVAILABILITY : At selected liquor stores (product #619288)
WHAT : Villa Sandi Cuvée Prosecco di Valdobbiandene (sparkling white) Rating: NNN
WHERE : Veneto, Italy
WHY : Let's continue with the matrimonial fizz biz. Prosecco is Italy's contribution to the world of effervescence, and this one will bless any sort of union. There's a bit of pear in the bouquet that translates into a very approachable flavour in the glass. Another attractive bottle to add ceremonial lustre to the proceedings.
PRICE : 750 ml/$17.95
AVAILABILITY : At selected Vintages outlets while supplies last (product #738542)
Sips and Nips
WHAT : Wine boxes Rating: NNNNN
WHERE : LCBO (55 Lakeshore East), at Freeland, Freeland Street entrance
WHY : For a wedding present, how about a crate of fine Chateau Léoville-Barton worth about $1,000. Little out of your league? No problem, just give them the wooden box it came in. Bookshelves, planters, blue box deluxe - they're versatile and look great. You're recycling, you're giving a one-of-a-kind gift and your dollar goes to the United Way. The thank-you card's in the mail.
PRICE : $1
AVAILABILITY : There's usually a stack inside the door.