Post # 1
Just found out from the restaurant where we’re having our dinner that they’d like me to choose a couple of wines to offer our guests, rather than giving the guests the whole wine list. Since we are only have 20 guests, I wasn’t planning on having to do this, so I’m a little nervous about choosing things people will like!
Can you please vote on what you’d like to drink/what you think would be good, popular options? I’m not including the brands–we’ll likely choose a solid, middle-priced bottle of whatever type of wine we go with. We have a couple of wine snobs at the wedding, but mostly casual drinkers.
I’m shooting for around 2-3 types of wine.
We will definitely be offering Prosecco, in addition to the wines we choose here, because it is my favorite celebratory drink. 🙂
Our entree options are:
Spinach and cheese ravioli
Goat cheese and tomato stuffed chicken
Filet mignon with mushroom ragout
Fish of the day (I believe it will be a white fish)
Post # 3
I’d go with two whites and one red!
Personally I’d go pinot grigio, chardonnay, and a merlot!
Post # 4
I’d go with 2 reds and a white – in my experience many more people like red, especially in the winter. I’d pick sauvignon blanc or a non-oaked chardonnay for the white, and pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon for the reds – a lighter red and a more robust red.
If I were choosing for myself, I’d choose Zinfandel, but it’s VERY big – not everyone likes that!
Post # 5
Malbec is my favorite followed by Zinfandel and Cabernet. I’d probably do Malbec and 2 whites, maybe a chardonnay and pinot grigio or riesling depending on the crowd. If not Malbec my favorite red that is more well known would be a cabernet, so that would be a good choice for a red.
Post # 6
Thank you for the suggestions! I can see how it makes more sense to pre-select the wine, especially since then the restaurant can do whole bottles, rather than individual glasses of a bunch of different wines–but it’s making me nervous! Fortunately, our families are pretty laidback. If there’s booze, they’ll be happy!
Post # 7
I think the best crowd-pleasing white is Pinot Grigio — not super sweet or super dry. My favorite reds would be Malbec or Pinot Noir (red Zinfandel is good too), but a lot of people like Cabernet and Merlot.
Post # 8
@kes18: Thank you! I also like Malbec, though this is an Italian restaurant, so their selection of South American wines is limited!
Post # 9
I’d probably go for a sauv blanc or a pinot grigio for the whites- you can usually find good bottles at decent prices. If you do a Chardonnay, make sure you have a crisper frutier white to go along with it, as many don’t like the oakey buttery-ness of a typical chard. Or, as on PP said, go with an un-oaked Chard.
As for reds, you can’t go wrong with a Cab or a Merlot…pinot noirs can be pretty flat at lower pricepoints, so that’s always tricky.
Post # 10
@Audrey2_sings: Thank you! I know what I like, but I don’t know what other people like, so your post is really helpful!!
Post # 11
My favorite white from that list is riesling and my favorite red is pinot noir.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@howsweetitis: I think a dry, a sweeter and a full bodied (chardonay, reisling, and somthing red). It allows for all tastes to be taken care of 🙂 Typically reislings are not offered at weddings, so it is always a treat when it appears!
Post # 13
Personally, I’d stay away from Riesling and Merlot because they are generally much too sweet with a meal for my tastes. I love zingy reds–Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel—and will drink them with entrees classically paired with a white. Cabernet is rough…I personally don’t care for them but have noticed that inexpensive Cabs/Merlots seem to have a disproportionate probability of being….unpalatable. Perhaps go with a not too dry white (unoaked Chardonay as PP suggested, Pinot Grigio if you think something sweeter would be more popular), a medium red (Pinot Noir or Malbec), and a heavier red (Zin, Cab) to cover the bases?
Post # 14
@howsweetitis: With those entrees I think that the best pairings would definitely be the sauv blanc, chard, and pinot noir. 🙂
Post # 15
I voted for Chardonnay, Cab, and the Italian Blend. I went with one white and two reds since you will also have the Prosecco. I picked the Italian Blend because I looove sangiovese and have had less expensive bottles of it or a blend and they are pretty tasty.
Post # 16
I agree with the others, two whites and one red is probably your best option since most of your dishes are light (fish, white meat) and therefore require white wine.
I voted for chardonnay and pinot grigio for white wines because I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like them, they seem quite popular. They’re also fairly easy to pair off with food, they go very nicely with fish, chicken and cheese.
I voted for pinot noir for your red wine because I think most people who’ll drink it will be eating fillet mignon with mushroom ragout and pino noir goes beautifully with both beef and mushrooms – it doesn’t overpower but compliments them. It’s also one of the least acidic red wines (at least to my taste) and I think that’s why it might be a more popular choice than, for example, merlot.