(Closed) Alcohol for reception…

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Personally, I think it’s good to have at least one red and one white wine in addition to liquor and beer. White Zin is a good white, so is pinot grigio. For reds, there are good inexpensive merlots, cabernets, pinot noir- I suggest buying a few and tasting them (or having your friends taste if you don’t plan on drinking the wine anyway) and let them decide which one will be most popular. Those are pretty mainstream varietals, though. I think one kind of rum along with the other options is PLENTY.

Post # 4
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would definitely get the wine too. I think the most popular is merlot but I’m not a red drinker. 

Post # 5
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would suggest a merlot or Cabernet for the red and a Chardonnay or pino grigio for the white. I wouldn’t really suggest the white zin since a lot of white wine drinkers think its too sweet and doesn’t go well with most entrees. 

Post # 6
9973 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely get wine.  I think a Pinot Grigio and Merlot would be two good options, also.

Personally, I think your beer choices could be re-evaluated.  Coors Light isn’t exactly the nicest tasting beer.  Yuengling is awesome.  Maybe a Heineken Light if you’re trying to go with a light beer?  I’m not trying to be a jerk, but everyone I know stopped drinking Coors when we graduated college. 

I would pick clear rum over spiced rum.  Both are good options, but I think more people would drink clear. 

Post # 7
2128 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

At my wedding we had suggested signature drinks and I think 80% of the guests drank only those (they were colored and I could tell everyone was carrying them around). The people that drank something else either had a beer (we had 2 options) or wine (2 options should be fine here, a red and a white).

Maybe try doing a signature drink or two to cut down on different liquors that need to be bought and sodas?

Post # 8
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It depends on the guests.  We know some of our guests solely drink wine at get togethers so we try to provide what they like along with what we like.  For our wedding we will likely serve a Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot/Cabernet mix.  It will most like be from Chile since the prices are fair and the quality of the wine is good.  We like Frontera by Concha y Toro (great price on double bottles; usually $10 for 1.5L where we live) and Veramonte (slightly more expensive but worth it; under $10 a bottle for 750mL.)

Post # 9
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I wouldn’t skip the light rum, I prefer it to spiced rum.  I would swap out the Mtn Dew and Root Beer for Sprite/7 Up and Tonic or maybe another juice (pineapple?).   Also don’t get White Zin, it is not a white wine, and rose wine is not that popular.  I think a Pinot Grigio or Sauv Blanc for white and a Merlot or Pinot Noir for red will be fine.

Post # 10
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

White zin is not technically a white wine…. it’s a blush.  I would not cound that as your white.

Chardonnay is a popular wine at weddings.  It’s middle of the road between dry/sweet.  Pino Grigio is a dry wine that is also popular.


For reds…. I would pick a Pino Noir or Malbec.  Both are low in tannens and oak, so it’s a red wine that almost anyone will enjoy – even if they aren’t big red wine drinkers.

I would not eliminate light rum.  even though people tend to think vodka and rum are fairly interchangeable they really aren’t.

I would add ginger ale or a clear soda like sprite or 7 up – lots of drinks include a splash of these and soda water isn’t sweet enough to balance the drink.

Post # 11
6835 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I wouldn’t skip the wine.  A lot of people don’t like beer or mixed drinks – wine is one of the most popular things to drink out there.  And definitely DON”T get White Zin!  That’s what teenagers and grandmas drink – it’s pink and sweet and is not a white wine at all.  You can get a good Pinot Grigio for under 10 bucks easily.  As for a red, a Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Cabernet would be fine.  As for spiced rum, again, I think of that as something that teenagers drink.  I think you’d be fine with just vodka and whiskey.  We’re just doing beer and wine and skipping the liquor, personally.

Post # 14
5 posts

@3xaCharm:  For reds…. I would pick a Pino Noir or Malbec.  Both are low in tannens and oak, so it’s a red wine that almost anyone will enjoy – even if they aren’t big red wine drinkers.




Trapiche Pinot Noir and Fuzion Shiraz Malbec are my two cheap red wine go-tos. They’re both in the $10-$12/bottle range here – which is as cheap as wine gets. I know in the states your alcohol tends to be much cheaper than here though.

Post # 15
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Please excuse my spelling.  Even though I used to tend bar at a wine bar, I know that I’m going to butcher some of these wine terms.

We are getting the liquors needed to make a Long Island Tea.  That is vodka, clear rum, tequila, gin, and triple sec.  We are also getting Gentleman Jack, Jameson, and either Crown or Maker’s Mark.  That should cover the drink choices of almost everyone.  For beer, we’re going with Terrapin because we are getting married at a place called Terrapin Creek.  For wine we are going with Conundrum for the white.  It’s a white California table wine that is a blend of 6 different types of grapes, but is mostly Sauvignon Blanc.  That is my current favorite wihite wine.  For red wine, we’ll probably go with either a Pinot Noir or a Cab.  For the toasts, we’ll have Saracco moscatto, which is a sparkling Italian wine similar to champagne. 

In your situation, I would recommend you pick a different white wine if you have any wine snobs at all coming.  White Zin is not actually white.  It’s more of a rose wine and it’s a blush color rather than white.  Many people consider it to be a bastard wine.  I personally find it way too sweet and refer to it as a kool-aid wine.  If you want something on the sweeter side try a reisling or a gewurztraminer.  Most people like a good chardonnay (I’m not one of them) so that’s a good choice.  Frei Bros. is good and fairly reasonable.  So is Cakebread Cellers, but they are more on the expensive side.   Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is wonderful as is the Conundrum that I mentioned earlier. 

Red wines are actually my favorite.  I’m strange in that I can’t stand merlot.  I much prefer a good Cab, Shiraz/Syrrah, Zinfindel, or Pinot Noir.  Four Graces is a great pinot noir, but expensive.  Frei Bros puts out a good Cab.  One thing you might look into is Menage-a-trois.  It’s a red blend that most people love.  My local Wal-Mart has been carrying it lately (has anyone else noticed that Wal-Mart’s selection of wine has gotten remarkedly better lately?).   

Truthfully, 95% of people can’t tell a difference between a $10 bottle and a $60 bottle.  The rule of thumb is that good wines can be found for cheap, but bad expensive wines are rare. 

Post # 16
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

For a red wine I would get a Merlot or a Cabarnet.  I might even consider replacing the White Zin with a Chardonnay, but that’s just my opinion.

If you’re only going to have one kind of red and one kind of white, I would try to get a dryer red and sweet or semisweet white.  Or buy 1 sweet and one dry red and white.  🙂

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