How early is too early to buy wine?? HELP!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5909 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  You can store any quality of wine for a very long time as long as its in a cool, dark, dry place, stored on its side to the cork doesn’t dry out.

Post # 4
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  I love that Riesling. They have it at every restaurant around here and it is very refreshing. I was just popping in to see what the consensus is. We are getting married next year too and I have been wondering about the liquor/wine.


Post # 6
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  We are allowed to bring everything ourselves as well. We are probably going to do a small open bar: (only popular liquors), basic mixers, beer, wine. I am also buying most things way in advance to space out the purchases and have it be less stressful. 🙂

Post # 8
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Agree with PP, wine will stay for some time.  I would even say that champagne will keep for a while too, though you may try googling to confirm 🙂 We also are able to bring in our own alcohol, but the wedding is at a vineyard, so have to use their wine (and, its not super cheap, unfortunately!).  But, we are going to costco to get all the beer too!

A little suggestion: Reisling is a very sweet white, you may consider also having a dry one.  We are doing 2 reds and 2 whites, a dry and semi sweet of each.  

Originally, we were only planning to do beer and wine.  But, I’ve decided to add a signature cocktail.  I’m going to do something very easy (like a vodka lemonade or something) and make it slightly watered down so it won’t be as expensive as a full bar but we can still offer liquor.  I’m going to make it all ahead of time in jugs so the bartender can just add it to the dispenser as it gets low.

Post # 9
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Most wines that weren’t meant to be aged (like the ones you are considering buying) will retain their flavor for 3 years – after that they’ll get dull and lose their fruit flavor. But if you’re only storing for a year it should be fine. Just be sure to store them on their sides if they have corks and not screw tops, keep them in the dark, and keep them as cool as possible. (Ideal is 55 but I realize this isn’t easily achieved for most people.)

Post # 11
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Riesling is very sweet and many people don’t care for it. I would suggest adding a drier white like a Chardonnay. If you only want one white, I would do a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvingon Blanc – ligher whites, but less sweet than Riesling.


Post # 13
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly, I wouldn’t buy it more than 1-2 months out unless I had a proper wine fridge. Even if it’s out of sunlight that’s a lot of temperature fluctuations that happen over the course of a year. I just wouldn’t risk it, personally.


Post # 14
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SoontobeMrsFisette:  It depends on the wine.  Ideally, buy wine now that is meant to be cellared for a year, and you’ll have great wine!  Most people just cellar wine in a cupboard, and it works fine.  The basement is best.


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