(Closed) Alcohol… Need help!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

well im english and i live in mexico so ive never tried wine from trader joes, but id be wary of something that costs only 2 dollars a bottle. do you have any friends who like wine? maybe you could buy a few bottles, invite them over for a kind of informal tasting to get their honest opinions

for me, cheap beer doesnt seem any different from more expensive beer, and the same with spirits. with wine however, theres normally  abig difference. the cheaper ones are often very vinegar-y

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The wine at Trader Joe’s is supposedly very drinkable. I don’t remember the official name but it’s often referred to as two buck Chuck. It’s closer to 3 dollars now. 

I don’t know much about how much to buy, but see if you can find a retailer that will allow you to return unopened bottles of wine. Apparently a lot of liquor stores will.

I’ve heard to have about half a bottle of wine per person who you expect to drink wine, but I don’t have personal experience with this.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know anything about Trader Joe’s, but often you can return unopened cases of beer.  So if you went with one or two selections and only opened them as needed, you’d only end up with two partial cases (or however many options you have) max.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

The wine from Trader Joes (Two Buck Chuck) is Charles Shaw.  And yes, it’s very good.  It wins all kinds of awards and in blind taste tests snooty wine people always get very mad because they will rate the Charles Shaw wine better than the really expensive stuff.

Two Buck Chuck is also a “thing” so it can be good for some conversation!!!!!

 

For averages…… Moderate drinkers will have 2 drinks an hour.  There are 5 glasses per bottle, so if you have 80 drinkers and your reception is 4 hours you would do:

80 x 4 = 320 / 5 =  64 bottles.

 

If it were me, I would do the cabernet savignon and savignon blanc…. they are your medium wines…. not too heavy or dry.  most occasional wine drinkers will be happy with those.

 

The merlot and the chardonnay is what people will recommend…. that’s just becuase they’ve HEARD of those types of wines the most.  But merlot is really heavy and full-bodied.  I liked red wine and merlot is too much for me.  Chardonnay is quite “oak-y” and it’s a dry wine.  So, I would stay away from those… unless you know the bulk of your wine drinkers like heavy, dry wines.

I don’t know what you are serving for dinner…. but if it were me I would by 32 red and 32 white…. just split it 1/2 and 1/2.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@kgray0229:  oh wow, those wine barrels are awesome! I will definitely be having box wine at my reception,  and I’ve been wondering how I might disguise it, on the otherhand everyone knows I drink box wine, so it wouldnt shock anyone at my reception to see a box of wine.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The thing with TJ’s Charles Shaw wine is that it’s very inconsistent- one batch will be fantastic and the next absolutely vile.  That’s why it’s cheap- it’s a blend of leftovers from various sources.  So the resulting taste just depends on what happened to be leftover that time around.  You might get lucky and get a great batch, but there’s no way to know based on looking at the bottles (or they would have to price it a lot higher).  It’s done well in taste tests but it’s also done badly- it really just depends what batch people happened to pick it from.  I personally don’t have a great wine palate and I probably wouldn’t notice the difference much after having a few glasses.  

I love the box wine barrels though! Those are totally cute! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Brooklyn55:  Most places will take your booze back if you don’t drink it. Work with a liquor store for a good deal. Two or three cases of wine should do you. More people will drink red in the winter.

get three cases of wine, one white, two red. And return what you don’t use. Then get two to three cases of beer. Get like one of coors light and something “fancy” like Blue Moon or Stella Artois.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Brooklyn55:  🙂 12. 🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

kgray0229:  I like these and they’re cheaper than the boxxle but what did you do with if after?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would go the keg route for beer! Find cool, mismatched glasses for the guests! That would be a cute decor piece. You could also get a rustic-like bucket, fill it with ice and bottles, as a different route.

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