HELP! wine types advice, I'm a total noob

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: what types of wine should I serve at wedding (probably 2 red & 2 white)?
    chardonnay : (29 votes)
    21 %
    semillon sav blanc : (2 votes)
    1 %
    moscato : (11 votes)
    8 %
    riesling : (14 votes)
    10 %
    semillon : (0 votes)
    sav blanc : (19 votes)
    14 %
    pinot gris : (26 votes)
    19 %
    shiraz : (8 votes)
    6 %
    pinot noir : (28 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    11607 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Please don’t do moscato.  It’s so incredibly sweet that it’s almost a dessert wine, and it’s just not the best choice for a formal dinner.

    I would pick a Chardonnay (unoaked is more universally liked) and the Sauv Blanc.  If there’s a Pinto Grigio option, that’s also a more neutral wine.

    As for reds, I’d go for the Cab Sauv and the Shiraz.  Both are a good basic red wine.  A full bodied merlot is going to be off-putting to non-red wine drinkers, so you want to get a medium bodied red.  

    It’s hard to give you specific advice about knowing anything about the line (regions, fermentation methods, varietals, etc), but those are what I would pick for neutral and basic wine options.

    Post # 5
    11607 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @mcgoo:  No problem!  FWIW, I have nothing against moscato — it’s amazing over a piece of angel food cake or a lighter dessert!  But for a formal dinner, it just doesn’t pair well.  

    If you’re looking to get into more wine drinking, start with a Reisling or a Gewurtztraiminer, which are sweeter than average white wines, but not as sweet as the moscato!

    Post # 7
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would take Moscato right off unless you’re ONLY serving it at the end – it’s a dessert wine, not meant to be drunk with dinner. Riesling tends to run very sweet as well. I like Shiraz with some dinners, but it’s a bit much for some people.

    The ‘safe’ choices would be a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio for the whites, and the Merlot and Cabernet or Pinot Noir for the reds. 

    I would see if you can do a tasting with the wines. Even if you’re not really into wines, you’ll really get the difference when you pair them with food.

    Post # 9
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @mcgoo:  Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Post # 10
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Self proclaimed wino here. (I previously worked at 2 country clubs as bartender and events coordinator)

    For whites, I would go with a chardonnay (more dry) and either pinot gris or riesling (sweeter).

    Reds, I would do a cabernet (dry) and pinot noir (sweeter).

    Simple. Nothing out of the ordinary. 

    Post # 11
    16 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I bartend and work at a country club and do weddings and people usually do Cab and Pinot noir for the reds and usually chardonnay and riesling.  They usually do the riesling to have something sweeter for ppl that dont like the dryness of wine.  I also see Pinot gris too cuz it too is a little sweeter compared to chardonnay

    Post # 12
    3077 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I’m kind of proud of myself that I chose the ones other wino bees have chosen lol I’m semi into wine, but haven’t taken the time to explore yet.

    I said Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon…I don’t like merlot, it’s really strong & I’ve never found one I like. & also, chardonnay is always popular & pinot grigio for the white. I like pinot grigio, not so much chardonnay but others usually do.

    I’m also a go to moscato girl lol I just always like sweet stuff. I’ll also do reisling & pinot grigio typically. I’ve only found one cabernet sauvignon I’ve ever liked. I prefer white or blush

    Post # 14
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I personally HATE oaked Chardonnay. I like sauv. blac, Pinot Grigio and viognier. Amarone is my favourite red, with perhaps a good beaujolais nouveau, fleurie (George de boeuf?) or Rioja 🙂 

    i do not like sweet wines, really. But some people maybe do? X



    Post # 15
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’ve also never found a sweet pinot grigio? Lol and I’ve drunk quite a few! 😀 I find them pretty dry but without the sharpness of sauv. blanc 🙂 x

    Post # 16
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m in Queensland too and lots of my friends drink Moscato. I think it would be perfectly fine to have at your wedding, especially seeing as it is the only wine you like and you will be having a dryer option as well. 

    We are having riesling as well as a dry white at our engagement party next weekend. I only really drink moscato or Riesling. 

    Different areas/countries might have different ideas but I think moscato would be fine for you

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