Post # 1
I know there have been numerous posts on how to decide how much to buy, but my question is over what to buy. I think we have a pretty good handle on the beer. For anyone who purchased your own wine, how did you choose?
So, how do you get decent wine without breaking the bank? Did you consult a salesperson where you bought it, or read reviews? Do you have a personal preference to share?
I’m not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I enjoy it and can usually tell a bad glass. My mom volunteered to purchase the alcohol. I reallly appreciate her offer because she can transport it and it’s her only financial contribution, so I want her to be able to do something if she wants to. She mentioned she wanted to get a certain kind brand of wine, so I bought a bottle and had a little more than a glass and have a headache. If I tell her to get something else, I guess it should be in the same price range — thrifty — which is fine as long as it’s good!
Post # 3
I bought a few recommended bottles. took ’em home. Nothing special!
I went with a reinheissen from Trader Joe’s. DR BECKERMANNS. In a blue bottle. $4.99. It’s sweet and good for all-night drinking, but not too sweet. Also the Black Mountain or Smokey Mountain Pinot Noir which is $6.99 a bottle and a good sipping red wine. Since we’re having chicken I wanted to stay away from Syraz and cabs, etc.
Trader Joes will let you try wine. If you truly dislike it, you can bring it back. They’re so nice and friendly. Sam’s Club has yummy stuff too. They have a Moscato for $8.99 a bottle I’m in love with. Moscato is a sweet, italian, sparkling sweet wine. It is way better than chamapgne and very celebratory. Pour in a flute and drop one raspberry in. mmmm
I tried these in store. LOVED THEM. Kept buying them since. I tried them out on my bridesmaids to get an overall generic feel for them (besides my Fiance and I who are real picky and snooty about wine) and they all loved it!!! So i knew i had a winner.
Also most places will give you a 10% or 15% case discount. I’d definitely do Costco or Sam’s though. If you don’t have a membership, the $100 will more than pay back its rewards, esp if you have to supply cups and napkins like us.
Post # 4
Dr. Beckermann Auslese Rheinhessen
Black Mountain Pinoir Noir
Both are 2007’s that I have. I think they’re great. Maybe not for the extra sophisticated pallet, but everyone i know liked it
Post # 5
We just did a few taste tests over the course of a couple of months. Every time we had to buy a bottle of wine (to drink with dinner, etc.), we’d buy with an eye toward using it in our wedding. It was just a lot of trial and error, so I’m glad we gave ourselves a good amount of time. Another fun thing to do (which we never did) is have people over for a wine tasting party!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
We started our research by picking a price range, then contacted a local wine provider who suggested a few wines. We checked out thier scores and descriptions online, then got 5 to taste at home. We picked our faves and ordered a bunch. So I guess best advice – try some!
Post # 7
We went with the 2 buck Chuck (Charles Schwab) at Trader Joe’s. Many of those have won awards and are tasty and very economical! We boiught a little of each, Merlot, Cab, Sauv, and even gasp, Zin! I guess it really depends on your budget but bottom VERY FEW people can tell the difference in a $5 bottle and a $100 bottle!
Post # 8
Here is an idea that might work for you…think signature sangria. First the wine cost goes way down because you are mixing in other things (fruit, 7-up) and the wine doesn’t have to be expensive (they won’t be able to tell anyway). You can do it hours before and there are many recipes. My fav is a summer mix with peach schnapps, lighter fruits like grapes, melons, orange slices, etc. and white wine. Of course a red wine with berries is a classic too, maybe rent a large crystal dispenser?
Post # 9
Thanks for the ideas! I especially like the Sangria idea – I love Sangria and it will be wonderful for a warm afternoon. I’ll also be making a trip to Trader Joe’s, I always forget to shop for wine there because when I lived in PA they couldn’t sell wine.
Post # 10
Mmm i’d love to have sangria during our cocktail hour. Too much work at this point. Mabye I can bribe somebody to spike the *punch* our place gives us =] Good idea!
Post # 11
My Fiance grew up spending summers on Long Island so we decided to choose wines from there. We selected several contenders and invited friends over for a tasting. It was fun and very helpful.
If there is a good wine store near you, talk to someone there. Tell him your menu, price range, etc. and ask for suggestions.
Post # 12
We will be buying the wine for our wedding from Costco. Haven’t decided which wines yet, but they have good prices and usually let you return un-opened bottles if you have leftovers from the wedding.
Post # 13
FI’s parents are wine drinkers so we’re going with whatever they say we should get! LOL