Post # 1
I am going to get wine cubes from Target for our reception (excellent deal money-wise and the wines have won several awards!)
Here are the types offered:
Red and White Sangria
I know next to NOTHING about wine! We are having ~175 guests. Many will be drinking beer. My question is what types and how much of each??
Each cube is the equivalent of 4 bottles, so about 20-24 servings per cube.
Post # 3
I’d go with the Pinot Grigio and the Cab (not the blend one). I feel like those are good group choices for a red and white.
I’d say.. 5 boxes of each? See if you can return them if they’re unopened!
Post # 4
Not sure about quantity, but I would stick with two types of wine – one red and one white. Chardonnay is a popular white option and for red, Merlot is probably a safe bet. The red/white sangria sounds really good but is much lighter and not true wine – it’s a wine mix.
Post # 5
Also, just wanted to throw this out there to make serving easier… Walmart has some wine/juice decanters for really cheap on their glassware aisle–like $3 or so each!
Post # 6
I think it’s smart to go with one medium-bodied white and one medium-bodied red. They’ll pair well with the greatest amount of stuff. A lot of people hate Cabernet because it’s so robust, especially if they aren’t big wine drinkers. I love wine and still hate Cabernet! That’s why I’d pick Pinot Grigio and Merlot.
Post # 7
Evite has a great calculator: http://www.evite.com/pages/party/drink-calculator.jsp’ defer=’defer
We’re having around 140 people and we’re buying our own alcohol too. I decided on 20 1.75 L bottles of wine. There are about 9-10 glasses per bottles of that size.
We love wine and went with 5 bottles each of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and White Zinfandel. Merlot and Cabernet S are reds. Chardonnay is a white and White Zin is a pink. The white and pink are served chilled, the reds are served at room temperature. I really like merlot, Fiance loves cabernet. I think Merlot is a good option as a lot of people are familar with that. Chardonnay is also very well received.
Post # 8
I’d go with the Pinot Grigio and the Merlot as well — they are probably your best chance at pleasing everyone.
Post # 9
Personally I like SAngria. It’s a party beverage to me!
But pinot grigio and cabernet are, otherwise, incredibly popular white wines. I prefer a buttery chardonnay, as I find pinot grigio kind of vinegary, though. Sauvignon blanc is awesome too if you can find it. Very mild.
We had 125 guests, a keg of beer, 24 bottles of white wine (only 12 got drank) and 2 double barrels of red (only 1 got drank–we had chicken by the way) but we also had 4 liters of hard liquor. The beer was WAY more popular
Post # 10
I obviously have to vote for the Pinot Grigio. =) It’s a good white wine that goes well with both dinner and dessert.
Merlot is probably the best red wine to offer, in my opinion. Wine drinkers often expect a dry red wine, and this is a good one to offer.
Post # 11
What are you serving for food options? I perfer a Cab myself, but Merlot is good too. I’m kind of picky on Chadonnay (not a fan of really oaky ones), so I vote for Pinot Grigio also.
Of your wine drinkers, do you know if a majority prefer red or white?
Post # 12
Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it. Now I know the red/white thing and it seems as though the consensus is Pinot Grigio and Merlot.
We are having a laid-back BBQ reception in a beautiful barn.
Most of my FMIL’s family are wine drinkers and many of my mom’s friends are also.
And… I think I found a solution!
I am doing an online RSVP and will just add the “drink” question with wine as an option.
Post # 13
OOOOH! Where’s the pinot noir??? If you want a really good, smooth,med body red wine, I would def recommend a pinot noir!! Estancia is one of my faves
As for whites, go with the crowd on this one and go with chardonnay, can’t go wrong there.
Post # 14
I would recommend the Pinot Grigio for the white. It tends to be a bit crisper than Chardonnay, particularly the low cost Chardonnay’s, and it is a good all around kind of wine. For the red option I would also go with Merlot as PPs have suggested. Cabernet Sauvignon can be a tricky one as it can be pretty powerful, and Merlot tends to be a bit smoother and lighter in flavor. The Cab/Shiraz blend might also be a good choice. It is a very popular blend in Australia.
Post # 15
I would definitely recommend tasting EVERYTHING before buying, though! A friend is thinking about using TJ’s two buck chuck merlot because you can’t beat the price, but I’ve had some very bad batches of that particular one and a few “cheaper” merlots… not sure why! That’s why I initially didn’t recommend merlot, it’s something I’ve noticed some vineyards have trouble with (when it comes to the less expensive side of things).
Post # 16
@LaborOfLove – The reason there are good and bad batches of Two Buck Chuck is that they purchase the excess wine from other producers so there isn’t the same kind of consistency. I have heard decent things about the boxed wine that Target carries, but I agree that it is always good to taste beforehand!