Wine options…need advice please!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

jhilliard:  I *think* I’ve had both brands, and seems like I liked the Hot to Trot best….but again, that’s if I’m thinking correctly (it was at local restaurants).  I do like the Barefoot Mascato….well, any Mascato, really 🙂

Post # 3
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

if you buy by the case, you can get it cheaper than buying individual bottles.

so if you are having 12 tables, buy a case of red and a case of white and that should cover it.

i’ve heard of both.  i’m a dry red drinker and i know people who like the sweet taste of moscato.

Post # 4
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I prefer the 14 Hands label at that price point.

Post # 5
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

jhilliard:  NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

OK, FI and I work with alcohol (he designs wine list for high end steakhouse, I’m craft-cocktail bartender), so TRUST ME when I say there is a better way to do this without spending $$. Wine is pretty much my life.

I’m on my lunch break and at work right now, so I will have to write back in a little bit. But I will with some  better choices in the same price point. Please dont pull the trigger on this until you’ve at least heard me out!

But first, go to closest wine shop/liquor store and ask to speak with wine buyer. If they have half a clue about their business, they can sit you down and talk about other options beyond your choices. And Most shops will give at least 10% discount on cases, as PP mentioned.

Wine doesn’t have to be pricey to be good. Many smaller vineyards have great value wines. 

Post # 6
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

jhilliard:  OK. Self serve wine…. SANGRIA!! Seriously, I like to use equal parts muscato/vino verde or verdejo, a couple ounces of brandy (the cheap stuff) and oranges, peaches, nectarines, strawberries. I use a giant mason jar with a spigot and it sits in my fridge all summer long. It’s refreshing, delicious, and cheap as heck! So much better than cheapo wine. You can prebatch it one to two days ahead of time and just keep refilling the container as the night goes on. I buy the stuff that’s 8$ a bottle. Factoring in ice and soda water to top each glass, you can get on average 8 glasses a batch. This is the easiest way to mask cheap wine. I like this blend because the sweetness of the moscato offsets the dryness and overall crappiness of the cheap vinho verde. 

Substitute muscato with a cava. It’s better than prosecco and cheaper than champagne. My FAVORITE is Dibon, cava that runs about 8$-9$ a bottle. Your liquor store should be able to order it for you. Not everyone loves that sweet residual sugar cheap moscatos have.You can use it for toasts, etc.

I have a gazillion cheap whites that are better than barefoot. Domaine Saint-Peyre, Coteaux du Languedoc, Picpoul-de-Pinet is my go to cheapo(~9). I love this stuff- bright and clean and pairs well with food. Indaba Chenin is also a great chenin blanc- good acidity and minerality (~9). 

As far as red, it’s harder (but not impossible!) to find quality values. The problem is that cheap vineyards will literally forgo the barrel aging process (which is expensive) and use oak woodchips as a cost saving mechanism. I like Handcraft petit syrah, about 8-9$ a bottle and Casa Santos Lima LAB, a portoguese red. If you go the route with getting a case and discount I like Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot (~12$); Apothic Red blend (~11); Xinomavro, Thymiopoulos, a Greek super-red, high in tannins (~11); Tikves Vranek Macedonian Red, Imported by Eric Solomon who is known for great off-the-beaten path imports, notes of currants and blackberry and spice, was rated 90 (~12); Chateau de Caladroy syrah/mouvedre blend (~11); Sola Fred, a Monsant (Spanish wine), is my all time cheap wine and runs ~11-12$ depending on vintage. All these wines should be around your price point with a discount.

Name drop any affordable wines by Eric Soloman importer and whom ever the wine buyer is should know them immediately. If they don’t they suck at their job. 

Post # 7
2136 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

14 Hands does a decent red and white blend.  I’m not a sweet white drinker so I can’t speak about the moscato.  I’d definitely talk to a distributer (a place like BevMo or Total Wine and More) and see what kind of discounts they offer for buying that much. 

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