Post # 1
We are having a wine and beer bar at our wedding, and I am having trouble picking types of beer and wine varietals that would be appealing to the masses.
Only choice of 3 Domestic beer brands — the caterer suggested Bud/Bud Light (or Michelob/Michelob Light) and Yuengling. My parents and some friends listed Blue Moon, Michelob Amber Bach, and Yuengling. What would be most appealing to all? I don’t drink beer and know nothing, other than it should be a variety of light and dark.
3 Choices of Wine Varietals – the caterer suggested chardonnay, merlot, and white zinfandel. My dad thinks white zin is unclassy, but I’d like to have a sweet option, and am thinking white zin might be a better than a riesling. I enjoy pinot grigio over chardonnay, myself, but will go with whatever most like. Same with the red wine – I like cabernet savignon more than merlot, but perhaps merlot is more popular in a group.
I welcome your suggestions! Please and thank you!
Post # 3
@emj: I am in your same boat (I like cab-sav over merlot, and white zin or pinot grigio over reisling). I don’t think white zin is a bad choice, because a lot of women do enjoy it. I would go with what the majority of guests like, or with what the caterer suggests. It sounds like you don’t mind not having your personal preference in wine as the option, but IF you personally really want a cab-sav for yourself, maybe you can have a special bottle for just you and your groom at the head table or something.
For beer, we are doing a domestic, light beer (probably Mich Golden Light or Coors Light) and then one that is slightly dark and a local brew (Fulton Blonde).
Post # 4
For red: merlot for sure. Cab is pretty dry and non-winos probably will find it too overpowering.
White is a hard choice. Can you pick two? If so, I would do Chardonnay and Riesling. Riesling is sweeter so it’s nice to have that option.I would not have any Zin.
Beer is easier, just make sure you have a light option.
Post # 5
@emj: While I love beer, I’d be the person who looked at the beer offerings and just decide to drink wine, instead. I’m a huge craft beer fan and love when the couple decides to offer at least one locally brewed craft beer.
Post # 6
@emj: I love wine, but mostly whites so I’d go with the pinot grigio for sure. It’s a nice light drinking wine without alot of lingering tastes- very appealing to pretty much everyone. Chardonnay can be difficult as alot of ppl- like me- really dislike the buttery/oaky taste it leaves behind. If you want a sweet I’d go with the White Zin over the riesling. They are both sweet, but I find riesling way too sweet and can’t drink more than a single glass. White Zin is a little less sweet and I like to think of it as an intro wine for newbies- alot of ladies love white zin but guys not so much!
I’m not much into red’s but I can get down with a good merlot- it’s very smooth and velvety without a ton of body. Me & cab’s are not friends, as they are more full bodied and genereally too overpowering tasting to me… I think Merlot is a good red intro wine as well….
Can’t help much with the beer as I only drink locally brewed beer =( But I know the yeugling whatever is popular with the guys in DH’s family….
Post # 7
@emj: Definitely go with a Riesling. It’s sweet and classy.
re:beer. Blue Moon is great, and a light beer like Corona Light would be fab. I echo the local/regional beer – it’s a nice touch.
Post # 8
Your dad is right, White Zin is looked down on by most wine drinkers, yes it is “sweet” but there are other sweet whites, Chardonay and riesling tend to be sweet too.
I actually dont like any of those. I tend to drink Pino Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. I like tangy white wines instead of sweet white wines.
I would suggest having a sweet white like a Chardonany and one tangy tart one like a Pino Grigio.
I would suggest a malbec for the red since its between a sweet red and a dry red…but out of the choices given I would suggest the Cab.
Post # 9
I lied, you had Sauv Blanc I just didnt see it 🙂 my vote is in!
Post # 10
^I quit! I meant Pino Grigio….time for bed!
Post # 11
@emj: IMO Bud and Michelob are grroooosssss. Yuengling is tasty and so is Blue Moon. I think your caterer’s suggestion of wines are perfect!
Post # 12
@emj: I like sweet wine and I prefer a reisling to a white zin. my fiancé who isn’t even a big fan of white wine will share a bottle with me.
Post # 13
Since I don’t drink white wine and I’m not a fan of Merlot, I’d prefer Cab.
Post # 14
My favorite is Cabernet. For white wine I prefer Chardonnay over the other options.
Out of your beer options I’d probably go with Blue Moon.
Post # 15
I don’t know too many people who prefer Merlot to a Cabernet or to a Shiraz. Our venue offers an intro package of wine with just Chardonnay and Merlot. We opted for the upgraded package just so it would include a Cabernet.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Pinot grigio and cab but that’s what we served at our wedding!