(Closed) Reception – What flavor wines to serve?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We went with Pinot Grigio and Merlot.  Pinot grigio is kind of beginner wine 🙂 so it’s typically a crowd pleasing option, and my personal favourite.  I don’t have the most developed palate either. 

I don’t drink red wine often (and especially not in a white dress), but the Merlot went over well too as far as I know.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

OK well with a NY Strip (or any type of steak really) you’ll want a heartier red. Cabernet is quite heavy and too much for a lot of people, so I’d probably go with a Merlot or a heavier Pinot Noir for your red wine. As for white, I think a light, crisp, citrus-y type blend would work well with your miso cod (most types of fish tend to pair well with a crisp citrus white). That kind of white is also refreshing to drink and not heavy. Go with a Sauvignon Blanc or a light Pinot Gris. Some Pinots are heavier than others. I would choose the Sauvignon Blanc personally. Or Sancerre if that is available but that’s more of a specialty blend that probably wouldn’t be in your average caterer offerings.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re serving:

Red:

La Vieille Ferme (2007) – a French Rhone red wine and is a blend. It’s super easy to drink on its own or with food. This will stand up to a steak, but won’t overpower the other dishes.

White:

Macon Lugny, Les Charmes (2007) – a French Chardonnay. I don’t usually like Chards, but this is completely NON-OAKY tasting. Light, easy to drink on its own or paired with food, we like it with seafood.

If your venue offers a specific wine list to select from, I would suggest taking that list to a local wine merchant and asking their recommendations, and then having a tasting of a couple of the wines in your price range.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you can find some nice wines for $10-$15 (and oftentimes less than that!). Since you’re in Seattle, maybe take a trip out to some of the wineries to see if you can get a deal on cases of wine. I know that Chateau Ste. Michelle isn’t too far out and usually has some general people-pleasing wines.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Assuming you’re serving “budget-friendly” wines, I’d suggest trying something besides a Cab or Merlot for the red…there are higher-quality choices in the $10-20 range for some other varietals IMHO. Malbecs are increasingly popular (ie, available at stores/restaurants) and Zinfandels can provide a lot of big flavor to go with your steak. I personally favor Petite Sirahs, or a blend with any of these could be a solid choice, like the Hey Mambo Red.

Definitely try a sauv blanc, pinot grigio, viognier, or riesling for the white. Something fruity, minerally over oaky…budget chardonnay is likely to not compliment as well as the others!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just seeing the other notes — to think of a good price point for your wine, figure 5 glasses per bottle. Are you hoping to have drinks cost you $2 each? $3? etc. I’d think you can definitely find tasty options in the $10-15 range.

Buying cases can get you a discount, and def try visiting a big giant wine store (like total wine or costco) and a smaller, local place. You’ll find different wines and advice at each place, it can help you get a fuller picture of your options.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh well if you are bringing in your own you should definitely go to a local wine shop and ask them their opinion within your budget. I was thinking along the lines of you having to pick from caterer wines.

I think what you offer at the bar really depends on your budget, although a knowledgeable wine store owner will be able to get you the best bang for your buck quality-wise. I would suggest not mentioning it is for a wedding and getting recs in your price range PER BOTTLE based on your food choices. There’s always a chance that for a wedding if you’ll be ordering in bulk, they might try to convince you to get more expensive bottles than you realy need for the quality of the wine. There are some fabulous $9 bottles and some gross $20 bottles.

I don’t think you necessarily have to offer additional varieties of wine at the bar in addition to the two you choose for dinner. Anything you choose should be fairly easy drinking regardless so what you choose for pairing with dinner will be good for a bar wine as well.

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