(Closed) To have Chardonnay or to not have Chardonnay… that is the question!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What other wine are you already serving? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that as long as you have a white wine, then you don’t need the Chardonnay.  I also do not like Chardonnay, so the white wine we choose will probably be a Reisling or similar. Most of the white wine drinkers in our families prefer a sweeter wine, so that is we will go with!  I may also try to have a White Zinfandel available because that is my favorite wine!  We will have a red available as well. 

Edit:  Just read that you are only having wine and beer…in that case, I see where you are coming from.  I would be inclined to have at least two reds and two whites available in that case, so depending on how many other choices you have right now, I may or may not choose the Chardonnay. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I think Pinot Grigio is just as much as a go-to wine.  Even better for weddings perhaps because it isn’t as intense as Chardonnay.  Because you are having only beer and wine, there are always going to be some people that are generally mixed drink people and don’t like beer, so the milder the wine the more likely they will drink it.  I think a lot of people assume that Pinot Grigio is always fairly sweet, which isn’t true either.  I say it’s the perfect balance between Chard and Reisling.  As far as the friend saying “it’s your wedding, get what you like” I have to say I disagree.  I say get a crowd-pleaser and then have the bartender or planner keep a bottle you LOVE in the back.  Sure, it might be a $50 bottle of wine when everyone else is drinking $5-15, but thats ok, it’s your wedding!

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We are doing a pinot grigio for white and cabernet for red. Thats it for wine. However, we are also having open top shelf bar and 3 different beer options. If you are only doing wine and beer, I would suggest 2 white and 2 red options.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with the previous posters, if you have pinot grigio then you don’t need chardonnay unless you want to offer two whites.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My advice is to go with a riesling instead of chardonnay.

It’s sweet enough that the wine-drinkers-who-don’t-like-wine (aka: the white-zin drinkers) will still like it, but it has enough depth that the real wine drinkers will still appreciate it.

 

 

‘Sure, it might be a $50 bottle of wine when everyone else is drinking $5-15, but thats ok, it’s your wedding!”

High price doesn’t equal good wine. I’ve had $50-$75 bottles of wine that were barely drinkable and $10-$20 that were great! (And I consider myself to have a somewhat refined palette for wine; so it’s not like I’m saying “Arbor Mist is great wine!”.)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think people will be fine with just pinot grigio. But if you do want to add another white wine what about doing something that might be new to people.. the only white wine that i really drink is viognier. It is very smooth and very good! Try the Bridlewood Viognier from Bevmo. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Pinot Grigio is very tasty! In my experience I have found quite a few people who don’t like chard (hell, I’ll drink just about any white wine!). Viognier (sp?) is good too!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

@abbyful:  I definitely agree, I didn’t mean for her to shop for price, I was trying to get across the point that if she is afraid of getting a wine that the majority of guests don’t like then she should just find a wine she likes regardless of cost and drink that.  We used Trader Joes for our wedding wine and is still ranks high up there with some of our favorite more expensive bottles!  Long live Two-Buck-Chuck!  : )

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@Birdie Love: Ditto, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone exclaim “I HATE Pinot Grigio”.  Haha, can’t say the same for Chard, Reisling, and White Zin!  You are right, Viognier is great too!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Definitely don’t serve the chardonnay…there are SO many better whites out there.  I also would stay away from Riesling, it is much too sweet.  I agree with the Pinot Grigio suggestion (which would be Pinot Gris if you purchase a wine from OR or France).  Another thought would be serving a rose instead of doing 2 whites…it will provide a clean, crisp pairing which will complement most food.  Viognier is a great drinking white and Sauvignon Blanc would be more of a crowd pleaser than a chard or riesling. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would definitely go with a Reisling or a Pinot Grigio…hell, even a Sauvignon Blanc, in my opinion, is better than Chardonnay.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

I agree. I loveeee me some pinot but I am not a fan of Chardonnay.

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