Post # 1
So we’re finalizing food and drink selections, and are down to the wines. We’re having a casual outdoor summer wedding (though in a place where “summer” = 65-75 degrees, so not super hot). Our menu is gourmet pizzas and a number of salads with light appetizers, so it’s pretty light. We’ll be serving a variety of beers, sodas, water, and wine. (Venue doesn’t allow hard alcohol.)
The question is…what kinds of wine? A friend who’s a chef had her sommelier check out our menu and make some recommendations. His vote was to skip the red completely, and go with a sparkling white and a dry rosé instead. I love both of these options, so this plan sounds great to me. FI is worried that people will expect a red, though. Our fathers are both red drinkers, but we ran this by them for feedback and both think it doesn’t matter too much either way.
What about you? How would you feel if there were no red wine option? Any feedback would be great—thanks!
Post # 3
People usually don’t want to drink red wine if it is hot outside.
Post # 4
I don’t think it will be missed!
Post # 5
I agree with your FI and people will expect red!
Post # 6
In that weather, I’d certainly be open to drinking reds (my preferred), but it sounds like whites and rosés would definitely fit your menu perfectly! I don’t think anyone will miss a red option. 🙂
Post # 7
I’d be bummed. I drink white and rose, too, but pizza + red wine is one of my favorite combinations. Something inexpensive, Italian, and fun would be so awesome. If it’s really hot out, yeah, red wine can be unappealing, but at 65-75 I don’t think it’d be an issue.
Post # 8
What a fun reception! Sounds like something I’d like to attend!
Post # 9
I don’t think it will be too hot for a red wine and I normally would pair pizza with red. As long as it is not too heavy I would love to drink the red.
Post # 10
Shoot, I drink strong reds in 90 degree summer weather… that’s about all I will drink, white to me is horrible to drink… so I would rather drink water than any of those other choices….
i.e. my vote is don’t skip the red! Maybe have a smaller selection. Also, depending on your venue, you may only be charged for what is corked. If you brink your own, find a store that allows returns…
Post # 11
65-75 to me is perfect red wine weather! i should add that I’m also not one that cares about what food I pair with my wine. I love salad and a strong red 🙂
Post # 12
I’d do a light red wine – perhaps a Pinot Noir or a Zin to complement the pizza. What types of pizzas are you serving?
I’m a red drinker – and may choose a white if it’s super hot – but I think it would be nice to give people the option.
Maybe find a supplier that will take back bottles, if you have them left over.
Post # 13
i usually drink white anyway, but i think red’s much more of a crowd pleaser anyway–not many people i know drink rose
Post # 14
Thanks! I’m leaning towards maybe doing all three….we’re providing the alcohol, and I think with beer in the mix we probably only need 4-5 cases anyway so even if we end up with some leftover, it’s not a huge deal since it won’t be bottles and bottles of it. Pizza types are California-style margherita; artistan pepperoni; anchovies & red pepper flakes; roasted mushroom, leeks, and thyme; and arugula, pancetta, and shaved parmesan.
On a related note, do you think white drinkers are more likely to go with a sparkling white or with a rosé, if there’s no traditional white option? (I’d go sparkling, but not sure that’s the norm….) We also won’t have champagne, so there could be people who like the idea of sparkling for a toast?
Post # 15
The only time I drink red wine outdoors is when it is in sangria!
Post # 16
Hi date twin! I actually just decided to skip a red wine too and have a sparkling, a white and a rose. My reception is brunch though… I think it depends on what time your reception is. After 4, and I would include a red. Just my opinion.