Post # 1
We are going to order the wine for our wedding tomorrow. I like wine, but I like wines like Arbor Mist or White zinfandel – which probably is a sacrilige to even call ‘wine’.
I’m not looking for specific brands of wine – just types – merlot, zinfandel, chardonnay, etc.
I will want one red and one white. We will be having roast beef and roast chicken for our buffet style supper.
Also – I am torn between putting a bottle of each on every table or just putting wine at our open bar and if people want to take a bottle for the table they can. I was in a wedding a few weeks ago where at the end of the night we poured out AT LEAST $700 of wine that was opened and not drank. Id like to avoid that if possible.
Thanks for any help you can give me!
Post # 3
@dontknowwhattodo: Merlot is a great dinner wine, I think it would be a great choice for you!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
A Cotes du Rhone Grenache (or grenache blend) would probably go nicely with the roast beef. For the chicken, we need to know a bit more about how it is prepared. Does it trend toward herby or is it more light and citrusy?
Post # 5
@dontknowwhattodo: I think merlot or pinot noir would be good choices for a red to go with the beef. chardonnay would be great for the chicken! I personally love shiraz, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
can you have wine service? that can eliminate wasting opened wine bottles, and wouldn’t require your guests to get up from the table. if not, I think having wine at the open bar would be a great idea. are you only serving beer and wine? some people don’t drink wine, so I’d provide another beverage just in case.
Post # 6
As an avid wine drinker I would do a Chardonnay for the white wine. It’s a Medium-bodied, buttery and oaky with vanilla, pineapple, peach and red apple flavors and has a really smooth finish. It also goes well with meat and chicken. For the red wine I think I would have to choose a Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a Full-bodied wine with black currant, coffee and dark chocolate notes with a long finish and goes really great with beef. For my wedding I had a bottle of white and a bottle of red on each table. However, I did’t want them opened until I knew my guests wanted them. That way we didn’t waste any.
Post # 7
@dontknowwhattodo: We are having more wine selection at our wedding but our two most drank we think will be Cab-Sav (we love Sterling) and the ladies on my fiance’s side prefer Pinot Grigio but I like a grapefruit-forward Savignon Blanc. I suggest going to some wine tastings!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@Sweetescape1976: +1 I was going to suggest a Chardonnay and a Cabernet. We had Pinot Grigio at our wedding for the white, but we served fish.
Post # 9
@dontknowwhattodo: All the ladies in my circle love moscato! It’s a light, sweet wine – you might love it (and your friends, too, if they have similar tastes!). Wine snobs look down on it, but it’s becoming increasingly popular:)
Post # 10
My only hesitation with pairing a chardonnay with the chicken is that it is very divisive, even among wine lovers – a lot of people hate oaky wines. If you do go with a chard, I would probably go for an unokaed version. Depending what it’s paired with, a sauvignon blanc or a drier riesling could be very good. Or you could go with a pinot noir as the red, which usually goes very well with chicken as well as beef.
Post # 11
For white Chardonnay for sure. It’s a crowd pleaser. Almost every wedding, holiday, or party I’ve been to that is the white serveed (if there is only one). I would avoid Reisling or Moscato, because they are very sweet and some people perfer a dryer wine or only like the sweet with dessert.
For red I would say Merlot, again because it is a classic go to. Personally I prefer a Pino Nior or Cab-Sav, but for a large group I’m not sure.
You should try a wine tasting to see what you like best. Often stores like Trader Joes, World Market, or Whole Foods will have a little tasting on the weekends. My local Trader Joes will even pop open a bottle and let you taste one or two if you ask. I don’t know if that’s every location though. But TJ and Whole Foods both usually have specific staff for the wine/beer sections who know their stuff. They can help make suggestions as well.
Post # 12
@dontknowwhattodo: I’m nowhere near a wine aficionado, but I’ll tell you what we did. We’re providing wine and beer, plus maybe a champagne punch. We decided to buy boxes of wine (probably also a sacrilege, but it’s cheaper and I know our guests will drink whatever as long as it’s free!).
We got the wine from our local military base. The white is a chablis and the red is a merlot. If we don’t use it all, we can take it back. We also got a case of moscato just because it was on sale for really cheap, and I know some of our friends like it. We’re serving barbecue type food — pulled chicken and pulled turkey, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and coleslaw, plus tilapia with spinach and rice if people want a lighter option.
On a normal day, riesling is my favorite white, but it wasn’t available in the boxes. I also would have picked a cabernet sauvignon for the red, but the woman helping us suggested the merlot for our menu.
Post # 13
Could you ask your caterer for recommendations based on your main courses? Even among a specific varietal, wine flavor profiles can very widely, so they might be able to steer you toward specific labels and grapes.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
@daisyfay: I totally agree with your chardonnay summation. It is a divisive wine. Like, one could not pay me enough to drink an unoaked Chardonnay. I like mine well oaked and buttery!
OP- It really would help if you could give a more detailed description of the roasted chicken dish. Also, a description of sides would also be helpful for choosing a pleasing pairing.
Post # 15
@dontknowwhattodo: To save money – leave the wine at the bar, or have someone come around and pour it (table service). Let people know they can definitely go get as much as they want, but then the bar will just have a couple bottles open at a time, not one or two on each table.
As for the wine itself… I hate Chardonnay. Ick, ick, ick. I’m also not a huge fan of Merlot or Pinot (Noir or Grigio). Cab Sauv is usually good. Chianti is my absolute favorite but not everyone likes it.
However – there are a lot of good blends out there these days. You could just get a red blend and white blend. Apothic Red and Phantom (from Bogle) are my favorite red blends. I don’t drink white blends since I don’t drink as much white (unless it’s summer and it’s a cold Riesling – yum!), but they’re out there. Menage Trois is popular and is pretty good, but I think for the extra $1 Apothic is a lot better.