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    Hi. Can anyone tell me - can bottles of champagne/wine be ordered for the room minibar and through room service? And is this all included? Thanks - 6 days til Css

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    Hi KAL3876,

    When we stayed at CN (not CSS), there was a slip at the minibar in your room which you fill in to order your own drinks. I think it has to be filled in by certain time each morning so that it can be delivered later that night to your room.

    Not sure about the champagne, but we did order the bottle of wine a couple of times and it was indeed included and no extra cost!


    Enjoy your holiday!

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    At CSA we could....for the mini bar....I imagine all resorts are same.

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    Sign up for Romance Rewards and do the pre-check in...wine and champagne were both on there for me to select to stock the mini-bar with.

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    We got a new bottle of sparkling wine every day put in our mini bar at CSA last August. And of course orange juice and pineapple juice for mimosas. Mmmm mimosas on the balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean! Life doesn't get much better!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colleen26 View Post
    We got a new bottle of sparkling wine every day put in our mini bar at CSA last August. And of course orange juice and pineapple juice for mimosas. Mmmm mimosas on the balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean! Life doesn't get much better!

    A lot of people are listing champagne...but is it really champagne--or sparkling wine only or both? I've heard no champagne? But some people don't realized the difference... Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunBears View Post
    A lot of people are listing champagne...but is it really champagne--or sparkling wine only or both? I've heard no champagne? But some people don't realized the difference... Thanks!
    It is sparkling wine - not real champagne.

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    I was at CSS in February and we ordered a bottle of champagne thru room service.

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    We ordered a bottle every night from room service to enjoy while we got ready for dinner. It is very decadent to enjoy a glass of champagne while standing in the shower.
    Juliann & Jeff
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    What type of champagne was it and is there an additional charge? Is it the equivalent of a Korbel?

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    My understanding is that the only "sparkling wines" that can be called champagne are those from that particular area in France. Otherwise, they cannot legally be called champagne. It really has no bearing on their taste, any more than a wine from a certain region can be considered superior, except among those who choose to think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janicek View Post
    My understanding is that the only "sparkling wines" that can be called champagne are those from that particular area in France. Otherwise, they cannot legally be called champagne. It really has no bearing on their taste, any more than a wine from a certain region can be considered superior, except among those who choose to think so.
    Sorry, I have to disagree! There is a great difference in the taste ( and price ) between sparkling wine and champagne.
    The sparkling wine at CN is fine and very drinkable but it is not champagne.

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    One of our friends who is a wine connoisseur, wine store manager, wine purchasing agent, and was raised in the business and so has over 40 years of experience in the wine industry, went with us on a recent trip to Couples. He told us the exact same thing about the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne, and that the sparkling wine served there is of average quality but the only thing separating it from Champagne is where the grapes were grown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Janicek View Post
    My understanding is that the only "sparkling wines" that can be called champagne are those from that particular area in France. Otherwise, they cannot legally be called champagne. It really has no bearing on their taste, any more than a wine from a certain region can be considered superior, except among those who choose to think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janicek View Post
    My understanding is that the only "sparkling wines" that can be called champagne are those from that particular area in France. Otherwise, they cannot legally be called champagne. It really has no bearing on their taste, any more than a wine from a certain region can be considered superior, except among those who choose to think so.
    Wow! Don't mention this in the vicinity of any French people. Many sparkling wines are as good as Champagne but you are right, only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne. A good Champagne will have very small bubbles and lots of them. There are also not so good Champagnes out there and some really awful sparkling wines which only deserve to be made into a mimosa (as you call it and Buck's Fizz as we call it in Europe).

    Whatever you like room service will bring it but expect to pay for Champagne if it is Champagne and expect to be disappointed if you ask for Champagne and get sparkling wine as they are definitely not comparable at Couples.

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    This thread needs some simple clarification. The "Champagne" at Couples is actually French sparkling wine but not Champagne. True Champagne can be ordered off of the manager's special list, but will cost extra, about the same as one would pay in a restaurant. The "Kritter" sparking wine (dark green label) is pretty tasty to me, but as it is NOT made with the same chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes as Champagne, one cannot expect the same taste. It is probably made with the Charmet bulk process as well which can produce fine sparkling wine, but is much less expensive than the true "Champagne method" of individual bottle fermentation. There is a second sparkling wine we have been served which I don't like as much, but can't recall its name. A bit too sweet. It would be unrealistic to expect true Champagne to be served with Couples "all-inclusive" policy. I do wish the still wines would get a modest up-grade from what is served even though the wines are pretty decent I think. Since premium liquors are available as inclusive, I think mid-range wines would be fair for those guests who mostly drink the wine rather than liquor. On at least a couple of occasions, we have had servers look puzzled or irritated at our request for "sparkling wine" at Couples Sans Souci. Sooo, I have given in to the vibe and just ask for Champagne now and all is Irie! By the way, KAL3876... going to be at CSS the same time as you! Will drink a toast to your sparkles at CSS. See you on Sunset Beach?

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    I think it is the equivalent in price and quality of Korbel. Janicek is also right..."champagne" is reserved for the specific area of France.
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    <wine snob alert!>

    I am of the opinion that the "all inclusive" wines are, um..."I'll have a Red Stripe, please." (although I don't have it in me to buy from the manager's list, I have been known to pack a special bottle or two in my luggage)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    <wine snob alert!>

    I am of the opinion that the "all inclusive" wines are, um..."I'll have a Red Stripe, please." (although I don't have it in me to buy from the manager's list, I have been known to pack a special bottle or two in my luggage)
    Funny because as a beer snob, er I mean knurd, when offered a fizzy yellow beer I opt for rum, whiskey, gin or vodka.

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    We were at CN last week, and you can get Champagne/Sparkling wine (not sure what it actually is) in the mini-bar daily.

    Take note though, they have changed the way the mini-bars are being re-stocked. It used to be that you had that card to fill out every day, and they would replenish it during the day while you were basking in the glorious sunshine on the beach.

    What they are doing now, is instead of restocking daily, they have you call down to the front desk with your restocking needs, and you have to be in the room for them to deliver it. At first I was a bit disappointed by this, but found that it truly was no big deal in the end. You are going to spend at least a bit of time in your room after the sun goes down, while you get ready for dinner, so having to be in the room for them to restock the fridge was no problem. We found that time between post-beach and dinner was the best time to call and have the fridge replenished.

    In the end it's a cost cutting measure for Couples, because it means that they don't have to have someone checking each and every mini-bar and fridge on a daily basis. They still offer the re-stocking service as needed, you just have to make a quick phone call for what you need, and be in the room when they come to deliver it (like breakfast delivery, you have to sign for it).

    And they are also stocking Red Stripe (in cans) in the mini-fridge as well, which Randy pointed out in another thread.

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    Actually I have worked in wineries for 5 years..those people who say that Champagne can only be from France are correct.HOWEVER California makes excellent sparkling wines..some that cost ALOT..and Trader joes carries real Champagne for 10 bucks.
    That being said..if you truly love a brut sparkling , Champagne, or Cava..you will not be overly impressed with what they serve at couples.
    But THAT being said..I got over it pretty quickly being in paradise and all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chacy View Post
    Actually I have worked in wineries for 5 years..those people who say that Champagne can only be from France are correct.
    Indeed. The name can not be used by other sparking wine producers..however, champagne is a sparkling wine..and they surely have sparkling wine at the resort.
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    We were at CN last month and ordered the sparkling wine for our room. I checked out the label and it was French, but it was from The Burgundy region. We really liked it.

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    I recommend any bottle from Canard Duchene, depending on taste, of course.

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    Murtle, you are absolutely right. The French have laws regarding the production of wine and spirits. Brandy can only be called Cognac or Armagnac if comes from those specific regions. The same applies to many of their wines. However as you say there are good and bad in the branded varieties and likewise in the non-branded. As far as I am concerned the Sparkling Wine at Couples is superior to the White Wine.

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    We had Kraemer Brut from France in our minibar last year. It is sweet but I liked it.

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