wine wine wine.. which type and how many per table?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want to keep it under $15 I’d definitely recommend Barefoot wines. They are a great brand with great-tasting wines and they are cheap – usually under $10 per bottle.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Cupcake brand wines! They’re usually $8-10/bottle.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

How many people are you having at each table? Are most of your guests light or heavy drinkers or somewhere in between? Are you having other liquor as well? If so, will the bar be open during dinner?

Assuming you have tables of 10 or less, if guests will have other options during dinner for liquids (other than water), and will be able to get liquor at least before and after dinner, then 1 each of red and white is fine. If you’re closing the bar completely during dinner and all that’s being served at tables is water or if you are not providing other liquor at all then I’d say at least 2 bottles of each and maybe a bottle of champagne as well.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d maybe put a red and a white on the table, and then have the sparkling brought around for those who want it.  Should reduce waste of opening a bottle on each table, and it going warm/flat since it’s likely to be the least common selection.  I actually did this with all our wine to avoid a bunch of half opened bottles.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lstyle25:  I think having a bottle of white and a bottle of red at each table is just fine. If you’d like to offer sparkling wine, I would find a way to make sure it was only opened and served upon request so you don’t end up with 20 bottles of opened sparkling wine. Champagne and sparkling wine are rarely consumed in large quantities at weddings, it’d be a shame for you to waste a bunch of money (andperfectly good booze!).

Also note that the majority of those drinking wine will probably opt for white. After hosting dozens of house parties and attending/helping with several weddings (including my own!), one major trend I’ve noticed time and again is that at the end of the evening, 70% of the wine consumed was white wine.

If you’re serving only one white and one red, I would recommend a Pinot Gris or Chardonnay for the white, and a Cabernet Sauvingnon or nice blend for the red. As for specific kind it just depends on where you live, what your local wine’s pricing is like, and how much you and your guests actually care about the quality and taste of their wine heh.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If you are going to be going with a sparkling white I would suggest a moscato. It’s perfect (I find) for people that aren’t big drinkers. I really hate the taste of alcohol, so unless I’m purposely setting out with the intent to get drunk (not often and certainly not at a wedding) I go for something like moscato that is very sweet. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@lstyle25:  Wow, how many guests do you have?!?  That’s a lot of wine! 

As for type, if three bottles per table is possible, I’d probably do 2 white and a red.  I don’t have a very sophisticated wine palette so I like a pinot grigio or a riesling (sweet wine), where something drier like a chardonnay may appeal to people who are more advanced/appreciate an oaky wine.  I haven’t graduated to red wine yet, but I think a cab sauv is often fairly widely appealing.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

After much tasting we finally chose our wines. For the white we went with an Italian Pino Grigio called La Delizia 2012. The red is a South African Shiraz called Fleur Du Cap 2009. Both are around $10 bottle, but I think they are really great tasting for the price. The white is coming from Total Wine, the other has to be ordered online. 

I agree the Barefoot wine is not bad, but these were a little step up IMO. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would recommend Yellow Tale or Cupcake, but not Barefoot. I don’t care for Barefoot, I think it has a strong mineral flavor. For whites, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Savignon Blanc are popular (Chardonnay probably being the most popular, it pairs well with lots of foods). For reds, Cabernet Savignon and Merlot are really standard, they pair well with meats like steak and pork. For sparkling wine, Prosecco is an inexpensive alternative to Champagne and other sparkling wines. 

When is your wedding? If you have time, buy a few bottles and test them out to see which ones you prefer. It could also be a fun excuse to have some friends together for a tasting. You could put paper over the labels so that people don’t know what they’re tasting and have everyone vote for their favorite wines.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SOONTOBEMRS_Z:  +1 I love Cupcake Chardonnay! It tastes expensive, but it’s not. 🙂

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I also suggest the Cupcake wines!  Excellent value!

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