Post # 1
I have a very tight budget and will buying all the food and drinks for the reception, we are having a laid back outdoor reception under a pavillion tent. I plan on doing a champagne toast and then having wine and beer for the reception. I am fortunate to have a cousin who works at an awesome local brewery and has offered to supply us with 2 kegs for our reception. I am paying one of my cousin’s friends to pour the wine & beer plus any tips. Tonight as I’m having a glass of my Bota Box wine I realized I hadn’t put much thought into what brand of wine I should offer at our reception! So… I need your help finding what kind of affordable wine I should offer because some of my guests ONLY drink wine (though most of my guests will be drinking beer). One advantage to the boxed wine is the cleanup (which we are in charge of doing) and breaking down cardboard would definitely be easier and greener than a bunch of glass bottles!
One option is Trader Joe’s “Two Buck Chuck”
Another option is a nice boxed wine, maybe disguised in glass carafes.
A third option is to splurge on a case of higher quality wine because I got the beer for free and not too many people drink wine.
Post # 3
Target actually has some great boxed wine! Also, check out liquor stores – they usually give bulk discounts AND let you return unopened bottles. And sometimes even deliver. Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market, and TJs also have great inexpensive options.
Post # 4
My FI and I love 2 Buck Chucks! We think that it actually tastes great for the price 🙂
Post # 5
I don’t know if this is helpful, but if you have a Vineyard near you, you might be able to get a deal buying a case. We are in MI and if you buy a case, you get 10% off and a lot of their bottles are $10-15. I don’t really know what you wanted to spend, but might be worth looking into. If this doesn’t seem logical for you, I would do boxed wine with the carafes.
Post # 6
I’ve never heard anyone complain about boxed wine. And if you’re serving it in glasses, no one will even know.
I say go for it!
Post # 7
@oneofthesethings Thanks! I will check those out! BTW, we will definitely take care of any extras leftover! haha
@megan52088 I think so too!
Post # 8
SO and I love 2 Buck Chuck too! It’s stood up to far more expensive bottles in some blind tastings we’ve done (with friends), and if you carafe it, no one will ever know! But try all the “flavors” because while the shiraz is great, their merlot is not so good. And we love the sauvignon blanc, but not the pinot grigio, so find a couple you like and go for it!
Post # 9
Wine Lover (aka Wine Snob) in me would want the good stuff… lol
But that said, I realize it isn’t always financially feasible… so I’d go with the 2 Buck Chuck as I’ve heard good things about it from friends who have had it.
Outside of that… maybe look at the big Gallo Jugs… their wine is usually better than what you’ll find in most boxes (based on my experience with US Wines)
Just remember to get a variety for the wine drinkers… More White than Red… (and some Rose / or White Zin for the Rookie Wine Drinkers)
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
Not a fan of boxed wine or really cheap wine! I think it important to know your guests, though. I know mine would not be happy with the boxed wine but they would drink it anyway haha. What I would do if I were you is have several bottles of “nicer” wine (and I mean like $10 bottles, not crazy expensive bottles), and use the boxed wine to make an awesome batch of sangria! It’s easy and inexpensive to make, delicious, and looks fancy.
Post # 12
At least get something drinkable. There are many, many, MANY affordable wines that are of a higher quality than boxed wine and two buck chuck.
Post # 13
@hellosweetie I agree some of their varietals are better than others. I like their Cab and Sav Blanc, but will have to test out the others too! Homework that I will actually enjoy! Haha
@peachacid I find decent box wine and $2 chuck very drinkable!! What are some of the many, many other wines that you find drinkable?
Post # 14
@May2013Wedding: It’s going to change state by state. Ugh I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Menage a Trois, something Bicyclettes, Yellow Tail even…I think those are better than boxed wine. Boxed wine always has a strange taste to it, like…warm. Which isn’t a taste, I know.
What is the other one? Fat Bastard but that’s not super cheap. I can picture the bottles but can’t remember the names!
Post # 15
Don’t do boxed!! is too diluted and tastes very “boxed”. Either do two buck chuck or go to the trader joes wine store and pick out another brand. They have many bottles for under $5 each. Pick out one merlot, one Cabernet, one Pinot grigio, and one Cabernet Sauvignon. If you go this oute, you’ll be able to actually display the bottles at the bar, as opposed to with two buck chuck I would just tell guests their options are the “house white” or “house red” and not specify that it was two buck chuck haha.
Post # 16
Do you have a Total Wine near you? They have coupons for $15 dollars off a $100 purchase good through April 4 and really good prices. You could get some pretty decent wine for not that much. They also will accept returns for any unopened bottles.
Personally I hate cheap wine. Especially two buck chuck. It just tastes like a hangover in a glass. It might be better to cut costs somewhere else. Even springing for the $10 bottle of wine makes a big difference.