Fun and festive, with lively bubbles and adorable sizing, mini bottles of bubbly have become increasingly popular as bridal shower favors and wedding guest gifts. But this happy trend is not limited to nuptials. Minis are also showing up at baby showers, birth announcements, and New Year’s Eve shindigs. They also make convenient happy hour options, especially when opening a whole bottle for a single glass just won’t do.
Many customers stop by Wine.com scouting for “mini Champagne” or mini sparkling wine bottles, which are 187 ml and referred to as “splits” in the wine industry. Essentially, a split is one-fourth of a full sized, standard 750 ml bottle of wine. Splits are available from many sparkling wine producers around the world. However, keep in mind that only the bottles bottled in Champagne, France are considered “mini Champagne” – everything else is sparkling wine.
Serving Tips & Tricks
Serving temperatures: with most sparkling wines, shoot for 45-50 °F; however, Brachetto should be a little warmer at 50-55 °F.
Never serve bubbly in pre-chilled glasses, or you will lose some of the sparkle.
Serving sizes are 187 ml or approximately 6 ounces. Champagne flutes vary in size, so your split may fill your glass or not. Keep this in mind if serving the wine in stemware instead of sipping from the mini bottles with a straw.
Minis are easy to decorate with ribbons, custom name labels or served with brightly colored paper straws to match themes or festive color schemes.
La Marca Prosecco - 187ML Split – These snappy little blue bottles of bubbly bliss offer up a lively layer of fresh citrus and green apple with a splash of white honey blossom in the mix. Based on the Glera grape out of the Veneto region, Prosecco is Italy’s delicious solution for budget bubbly. Intended to be consumed while young and fresh, Prosecco is typically served in a white wine glass instead of a sparkling wine flute. Incredibly food-friendly, these bubbles go with all sorts of appetizers including plates of antipasto, the classic prosciutto and melon, chips and dips, salads, shellfish, and much more.
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava - 187ML Split – Cava is produced in Spain using the same traditional method employed in Champagne, but with different grapes. Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo are the tongue-twisting varietals in question, and they come together to deliver a delightful sparkler that offers notes of apples, apple skin, and a dash of lemony citrus, with fine acidity and a textured mousse. This will be terrific with crab cakes and other seafood dishes.
Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut - 187ML Split – This excellent value is from France, but not Champagne. It is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, and Ugni Blanc sourced from multiple appellations, including Burgundy and the Loire Valley. It evokes a variety of sensory impressions, including toast, honeysuckle, apple, and peach, providing both a lovely perfume and a zesty dance across the palate. Slightly off-dry, this will pair nicely with everything from poultry and creamy pastas to hors d’oeuvres, seafood, and moderately spicy Asian cuisine.
Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui Pineto 375ml – Available not in a split but in half bottle size (375 ml), this Italian gem from Piedmont is delicate ruby red in color, sweet and sparkling with a fine bead. It expresses the elegant aromas of roses and raspberries, typical of the Brachetto grape. Aromatic and harmonious, it makes a lovely aperitif and is perfect with fruit salad, soft cheeses, and many desserts.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Reserve - 187ML Split – Technically, this is the only true Champagne in this feature, and a fine one it is! Moet & Chandon is the world’s biggest selling Champagne brand with nearly 30 million bottles sold annually. This bottle of mini bubbly is a top pick for those that would like to toast with a classic, dry style of Champagne carrying zesty citrus and Granny Smith apple, with remarkable acidity and an ethereal mix of smoke, brioche, and hazelnuts. Classic pairing partners include shellfish, caviar, poultry, smoked salmon, and many fried foods that marry well with the exceptional acidity and bright bubbles.