Advice form wine buffs

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which wine is most crowd pleasing?
    Wine 1 : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Wine 2 : (34 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 3
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @Bainise2013:  While I would love the first one, a lot of people are turned off by a very tannic wine. The easier to drink the better for larger crowds.

    Post # 4
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Not sure what your menu is, but #1 really sounds like a heavy food wine to me.

    #2 will likely appeal to a broader audience and will work as an apertif or with food.

    Post # 5
    11593 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Tannic wines are tough for a lot of people to drink.  While it’s hard to make a decision from reading, I think Wine 2 is a more versatile choice.

    Post # 6
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Absolutely #2 based on the descriptions. Fruity is more crowd-pleasing and “safe” than dry and tannic, in my opinion. I don’t know about Montepulciano but Sangiovese is very tasty and good for groups. 

    Post # 7
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am a huge Montepulciano fan – it’s THE best pizza/red sauce wine! – but even with that bias set aside, when I think DW I think warm climates, and a heavy, tannic wine is not going to suit that atmosphere.  #2 all the way 🙂

    Post # 8
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Have you gotten to taste them yourself? I say try them!

    But based on description alone #2 sounds like it will be more fruit-forward. All wines have tannins in them – but if the tasting notes go out of their way to state “quite tannic” then to me it sounds like it will have a very dry & astringent mouth feel. Kind of like the same sensation of taking a sip of black tea that’s been steeped a bit too long.

    Hope that helps!

    Post # 9
    6158 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i like a very dry red and that sounds like #1.  i would rather drink #1 but more people prefer a sweeter, easier to drink wine.

    Post # 10
    4634 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would rather drink 1, but 2 sounds more universally pleasing!

    Post # 11
    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    seconding PP’s, i’m guessing the second one is going to be too heavy/bold for most people.

    Post # 12
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think #2 sounds good – I think red blends are always crowd pleasers and tend to go well with lots of different foods.

    Post # 14
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Bainise2013:  What’s on the menu? That will help me decide. Or is this for a cocktail hour?

    Post # 16
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    With a menu like that, I’d much rather go with wine #1. Soft tannins should be fine, especially with food. If it’s the only red wine available for the entire night, I wouldn’t pick a rosato/rose wine. Anyone who wants a lighter wine can choose a white wine anyway. 

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