Post # 1
Hi all my lovely bees!
We chose the provide our own booze option for our reception (we will have bartenders, but are just bringing in our own alcohol for them to serve). We have three signature cocktails that our bartender groomsman created for us, we know what beer we are getting, and now we are just trying to figure out what wines to serve. We need recs for both reds and whites under $10. Because of all the lovely last minute expenses, cheaper is DEFINITELY better.
We are thinking of a riesling and a cab sauv, but are open to other ideas too.
Thank you so much for helping out with this – in a perfect world, we’d have time to taste a ton of wines and decide, but right now thingsd are sadly too crazy to do so! So your opinions are very valuable 🙂
Post # 3
Is the wine for dinner? If so, what are you serving?
ETA: Oh, you’re New York State. You’ve got some excellent little wineries along the Finger Lakes. You could definitely get decent wine from some of those for under $10 a bottle. (Penguin Bay/Swedish Hill does some really nice sparkling wines too, if you haven’t decided on what to toast with.)
Post # 4
We served Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet-Merlot. It’s one of my favorites! It typically sells for around $10-12, but we found it at Trader Joe’s for $4.99!! It was a steal!
In general, I’d recommend checking out Trader Joe’s — they have good wine at fantastic prices, and they often have bulk stock.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I like the Smooking Loon cabernet and pinot noir just fine at the price point. Please don’t get a merlot unless you will have multiple reds. Cabernet is much more the crowd pleaser. As for whites, at that price, chardonays will be pretty bad and you may not even be able to find a savignon blanc, so maybe stick to a table white or to pinot grigio. Luna di Luna should be in that price point.
Post # 6
I looooove Riesling but it is quite a sweet white, which not everyone loves. I would almost suggest going with a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay depending on your guests.
For a couple great inexpensive wines definitely check out Folie a Deux, Menage a Trois. They have a red mix (Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet) white mix (Chardonnay, Muscat and Chenin Blanc) and rose mix…all amazing. Typically you can get them at Target for about $8-10 a bottle.
EDIT: If you are set on Riesling there are some great wines coming out of the Oregon area that are extremely affordable. Check out Williamette Valley Winery (my personal favorite) at BevMO.
Post # 7
@Elvis: Ah yes! Good point – I completely forgot to include that. We are serving chicken francese and grilled steak, and our veggie option is stuffed shells.
Post # 8
I would visit wineries in the Finger Lakes as well, great choices!
Americana Winery is one of the best and has a great selection http://www.americanavineyards.com/
Post # 9
2 buck chuck (charles shaw) from trader joes!
Post # 10
I am a big fan of Moscato. Went to Sam’s this weekend and they had two bottles of Barefoot brand of Moscato for 8.98. I totally jumped on it and have to say what a beautiful sweet taste. Try it out. Moscato in general is really good.
Post # 11
I would second the idea of a Pinot Grigio for the white – I would rather a Sauv Blanc or Pinot personally….but everyone has different tastes. 🙂 Copper Moon Pinot is about $10 a bottle . I generally *ahem*drink it by the box*ahem* but I have seen it in bottle form at the liquor store too ( I just tend to skip over it, haha). It’s Canadian but I would assume they have it in NY state since you’re so close.
Post # 12
I would definitely go local, if possible. I would also recommend against a reisling, if you’re only going to serve one white. Many people do not like sweet whites, especially with a meal. I would go for a pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or medium bodied white blend. Even an unoaked chardonnay would probably appeal to a wide audience.
For non local options, I love Rex Goliath reds (particularly their merlot & shiraz). White I’m less picky about because the chilling hides a lot of imperfections in a cheaper wine.
Post # 13
Try Red Diamond! They always have FANTASTIC wines, and they’re super cheap, too, usually around $8 or $9 per bottle. Sometimes you can find them on sale for as little as $4 or $5!
Post # 14
If you have a Whole Foods anywhere near you they have a brand called Three Wishes, and it is less than $4/bottle. That’s what we bought for our wedding. It is delicious.
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: I agree with you about Riesling!
@sarahbabs: I hate to tell you this…but I think this calls for a wine tasting! Have all your friends buy a red or a white, with the limit be under $10… If anyone brings the same bottle as someone else, have a fun/silly consequence. That’ll encourage diversity.
Post # 16
I like Fetzer cab, or two-buck chuck.