Post # 1
Im tryimg to figure out what wine to get for my wedding. Im probably going to do one bottle of while and one bottle of red per table. Maybe a few overflow bottles over by the kegs. I need some CHEAP wines that dont taste like lighter fluid. I rarely drink white so I dont know if I should get chardonay or pinot grigio. Im thinking cab for red. Any ideas friends?
Post # 3
@Little_Hedgy: It seems to be considered a “novice” wine because it’s quite sweet, but I (and just about all of my female friends in the 30ish age range) loooove moscato. Barefoot Moscato is quite good (~$5/bottle!).
Post # 4
I would definitely go with a Pinot Grigio over a Chard (can be too oakey and/buttery) or a Moscato (too sweet) as it seems to have the broadest appeal. I would go with a Cab or a Shiraz/Syrah for the red.
Post # 5
I second the pinot grigio- it has a pretty clean taste without any weird tastes lingering around your mouth afterwards. IMO I think chardonnay leaves the nastiest taste in my mouth after I drink it. I don’t think Moscato would be a great choice if you are only doing one white. I drink alot of white wines but I had one sip of Moscato and it was a zillion times to sweet for my liking. If you want a sweeter wine I would choose a white zinfandel over a moscato- it’s still sweet but not overly sugary like the moscato is and it’s a nice pink color!
Post # 6
@Little_Hedgy: Don’t ever bother with a cheap Cab; Cab is also not a very accessible wine, so if your guests aren’t wine geeks, they probably won’t like it all that much. If you wanta cheap red, try Mouton Cadet Bordeaux – very nice, and in the US retails around $10/bottle. In Canada, it’s under $15, I think. It’s what my parents keep two-three bottles of in the cupboard all the time for “hey how bout some wine tonight?” meals.
Another good, inexpensive, option for very affordable, and quite nice, red is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Just say “Abruzzi Red” at the liquor store. Very inexpensive, dry, fruity, sometimes a little smokey. A favourite of mine, and very underappreciated.
Also for red, an Argentinian Malbec will rarely go amiss.
For white, Chardonnay is very popular. I personally hate it. As cheap whites go, a standard, run of the mill, German (or some Californians) Riesling ranges from “entirely adequate” to “quite nice.” It rarely falls into the “wtf is this shit?” category. In the US, you should be able to get it around $10/bottle.
A pinot gris is so light, that it’s hard for it to be terrible. It’s also hard for it to be amazing, but if you’re looking for light, refreshing, easy to drink, it’s a solid choice.
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Post # 8
Thanks for the help everyone! Im pretty sure I found my wines, im either going to do the green fin red from trader joes with one of their pinots or go with 3 buck chuck. I should have clarified in my first post that the most expensive wine I have ever bought was 15 dollars so that’s my frame of reference haha.
Post # 9
@Little_Hedgy: Cabs are easy and most people generally like them. We’ve brought a particular cab called Heavyweight to parties and trips, and everyone has loved it. You can find it in the $10-11 range at most distributors.
Personally, I can’t stand sweet whites, so I avoid moscatos, reislings, and pinto grigios like the plague. I prefer chardonnay, but that’s just me. A decent PG or even a nice blend would be good for a large crowd with varied taste.
Post # 10
@Little_Hedgy: Trader Joe’s has really good wines for a very affordable price, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them. For reds, I like Apothic Red, which is a blend and very drinkable for your “every day.” We have to go with the venue’s wines (it’s a winery, of course, would you expect anything else with my screen name? Lol), and that is pretty similar to the red blend we are offering. Some people might think the Cab Sauv a bit too heavy, depending on the brand.
I also second the Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris suggestions.