Post # 1
We are stocking our own bar for the wedding. This is the hard part because I am a complete novice when it comes to choosing wines. I can deal with the beer and liquor, but the wine is totally stumping me. I am also on a tight budget so I need something that is good and affordable. So I have some questions:
What are popular wedding wines?
What are are some good, budget wine brands that are acceptable at weddings?
Are there certain brands that will look un-classy, or things I should stay away from?
I would really appreciate your help!!
Thanks a lot!
Post # 3
What is your ideal price point for a bottle of wine?
Post # 4
I’m not too much of a wine connoisseur, but I do know what I like and don’t like. FI is not really into wine, so I get to pick our wines. As of right now, I have chosen Fuzion Shiraz Malbec (Argentina) as our red (tried it at another wedding) and Lindemann’s Bin 65 Chardonnay (Australia) as our white. Both cost around $10 at a liquor store, but our venue doesn’t allow outside alcohol. They’re charging us about $30 a bottle.
Post # 5
Thanks ritsi bitsi!
It looks like Lindemann’s Bin 65 Chardonnay has good reviews. And your right, those wines are usually $10 or less.
mcnetn3, I was thinking about $10 or under would be ideal if I can find good wines in this price range!
Post # 6
If you live anywhere near Jacksonville, stop by “Total Wine and more” – it’s on the southside, I believe on Town Center Parkway if I remember right. It’s off J. Turner Butler Blvd. at any rate. It’s HUGE, and they have hundreds of wines to choose from, at every price point.
For red wine, we’re serving a French Rhone red called La Vieille Ferme – it retails for about $7-8 a bottle, but tastes much more $$$$. My wine snob uncle loves it. It’s very easy to drink. I don’t like the white they make, but the red hands-down the best dollar for dollar value out there (IMO).
The Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines are good too – and about $10 or less a bottle.
Post # 7
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Clos du Bois Chardonnay
Liberty School Cabernet
snooth.com is a good place for wine reviews
Post # 8
I can tell you what varietals you can get at good price points that taste good:
I am not a fan of Pinot Grigio (at a cheap price point) and absolutely HATE MERLOTS and CHARDONNAYS that are inexpensive. The last two are probably the most overproduced grapes you can find so you can find tons of cheap bottles. The problem? Most of them are disgusting. $5 bucks to the first person that can recommend a good cheap chard or merlot. JK 😉
Post # 9
@heather25:try the 2008 Gnarly Head Merlot and tell me what you think….. 🙂
Post # 10
I have a less developed palet. . .palat. . .taster. . . so I find that I prefer some of the cheeper/sweeter wines. FI and I are thinking something along the lines of a 2buck Chuck. . but then again it’s a classy field party we’re throwing.
If your venue won’t allow outside beverage, will they do a tasting for you? Maybe provide you with a sample of some of the wines they offer at various price points. We can give you suggestions all day long, but if you venue doesn’t carry that particular wine it doesn’t help you much.
Post # 11
Menage a Trois is a great red blend and it usually $7 or $8 a bottle.
Post # 12
@oracle: Thanks for the heads up! I will try.
Oh and I forgot about most Malbecs (and other emerging South American grapes). Big bang for your buck.
Post # 13
Personally, I’d stay away from 2-buck chuck at Trader Joe’s (to answer you unclassy question).
I think Yellow Tail brands are pretty decent and drinkable. And, as someone else mentioned – the Robert Mondavi wines are typically under 10 and well received.
What we did was buy several different bottles in our price point and tried them out. If you have a wine store that will do some tastings for you (without buying) it’s worth asking. Especially because you will be buying case loads -they may consider it for you!
Post # 14
@Allyser: agreed, that is a good table wine
Post # 15
Black Box is actually quite good and cheap. It’s always good to have some Cabernet Savignon and a Pinot Grigio / Chardonnay. Definitely try to do a tasting and get some recommendations from a wine store.