(Closed) Finding a wine

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Hello there! Are you looking for types of wine (varietals) or specific brands?

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Are there any wineries local to where you’re getting married? You could buy a case or two and feature their wine.

Post # 5
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am not a big wine drinker. But I love Barefoot Moscato. It’s cheap, it’s delicious, it’s not dry. I haven’t met anyone who hated it!

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I love Kcknd2’s suggestion of serving from a local winery. If you’re looking for which kinds of wine to serve, I would suggest two reds and two whites. I’d probably do a cab (cabernet sauvignon) and a pino noir for your reds, and then for your whites a chardonnay and either a reisling or white zinfandel…..those four are usually crowd pleasers, and if someone is ordering wine they’ll probably go with one of those. Also, just remember, specifically since you said that you and your future hubby aren’t drinkers, you don’t need to make this a wine tasting….people will expect wine, but nothing out of the ordinary or overly fancy/rare…you don’t have to over think it. Hope that helps!

Post # 7
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KCKnd2:  This! Some of the only wines we love are from a local winery.

@love108:  An this! I loooooove Barefoot moscato. Yummm.

Post # 8
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Answering such a general question is pretty impossible. So much depends on your crowd, their tastes, how much they’re likely to drink, your budget, what kind of food you’re serving, the length of your reception, what other beverage options will be available (full bar or just wine? any beer? how many of your guests are wine drinkers?), etc.

I would come up with an estimate of the total number of drinkers likely to attend, ask a couple of friends/relatives what they like to drink and for any thoughts and recommendations, and go from there. You should also ask your caterer and a couple of owners/managers of local wine shops for their advice.

The tastes of people who live in big cities/like to dine out/know anything about food and wine are likely to be radically different from the tastes of your great aunt from Oklahoma or your grandma who has a glass of wine twice a year on special occassions. The best thing you can do is ask a few people who have a) some familiarity with your crowd and b) more knowledge about wine than you.

ETA: Case in point. Everyone who shops at a grocery store knows exactly how much Barefoot costs, and has likely suffered through a glass at some party. I would never serve something so high profile and instantly recognizable. (I would also never serve Barefoot because I prefer small, artisan wines owned and run by families/vintners who care about what they’re making and the techniques they use, rather than industrial swill, but that’s a seperate issue.)

Post # 9
1555 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you have a local winery in your area, I would say try them out! We originally planned on buying assorted wines from our local winery, the only reason we aren’t is because our wedding is on a Sunday, and the venue won’t allow us to bring it in.

Post # 10
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mata_Hari:  If the guest list is 80 people, I think two of each could be more variety than is really needed.

We had just over 100 people and just did one white, one red, a bubbly, and beer. Our caterer allowed BYOB without corkage, which was awesome (and one of the reasons I picked them). So we went to a local wine warehouse that a friend had recommended and asked them for recommendations within a specific price range (in our case it was around $10/bottle). We tried 2 reds, 2 whites, and one bubbly and then narrowed it down to one of each. They were kind enough to hold our order for us until a few days before the wedding, at which point we picked it up and took it over to the caterers, who dealt with it for us. Easy enough.

I love riesling but I didn’t pick it for the wedding as I know a lot of people are phobic–they hear riesling and think “ew, sweet!” even if it’s a dry one. So we picked some Italian varietal (I can’t even remember at this point, how awful!) that we thought would go well with food. The red was a California blend of (I think) Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. I think an all-Cabernet is a little overpowering with food, so I’d try to pick something more medium-bodied. And the bubbly was a sparkling rose from South Africa that I loved because it was cheap (but didn’t taste it) and pink.

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