Post # 1
I’m thinking of going with the “corkage fee” option at my venue and brining in my own wine. Bevmo is doing their 5c sale, so I’m hoping that I can find a couple of good “middle of the road” red and white wines that will appeal to most people. Personally, I like white wine/reisling/gewurstraminer…so sweeter wines 🙂 My fiance likes red wines, but I’m not a big fan of reds. I’m hoping to get some suggestions from you all for wines that will appeal to both the white and red wine lovers. Looking for any suggestions and hoping to keep in the $10 and under range.
Post # 3
I am not a wine connoisseur by any stretch, but I do like sweeter whites and l love Columbia Winery Late Harvest Riesling. I remember looking it up online when I couldn’t find it in local stores at first, and I saw some reviews and it seems that others really like it too. There is a brand called Columbia Crest, that people kept trying to point me toward when I asked in stores, but it is not the same. I’ve tried several rieslings and this is my favorite so far and it was $10 a bottle (I finally found it in a local liquor store). I can’t help with reds, I have the same wine tastes as you :).
Post # 4
2 buck chuck at trader joe’s! 🙂
Post # 5
99 Vines is a good red. We actually recently purchased 2 bottles at Bevmo. I think it was 9.99 and part of the 5 cent sale. Fiance and I were trying to scheme how we could get it to MN for our wedding. We don’t drink white wine too often, so I don’t have a suggestion there. Not sure if you knew this, but when we were at bevmo we were told they have wine tasting events on wines that are part of the 5 cent sale. You may want to look into that.
Post # 6
@rosesarefree: I have actually tried Columbia Crest wines and love them! Also Covey Run is really good. Great minds 🙂
@CrispyRN: Love the 2 buck chuck actually, it just kills me that the corkage fee is $10…Still it would keep our costs down…
@bubbly234: Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check to see if my local Bevmo has any tastings coming up!
Post # 7
I had the same thought, actually! To do the 5 cent sale for my wedding! (except mine’s not till Sept.)
I tried some of them out, but nothing was super amazing. I wanted to stay with the $10 bottle (so that it’d be 5 a bottle – wine’s not a huge priority for me – I’m not a wine snob by any means). I tried the 99 vines pinot noir (I like pinots a lot), and also the Sonoma Landing pinot noir. These are lighter milder reds IMO. The 99 vines was pretty one-dimensional and actually a bit sweeter than the sonoma landing (I would never consider a pinot sweet, but if you taste them side by side it had more of a hint of sweetness).
For whites I randomly picked 2 – the redtree pinot grigio and the challis lane chardonnay. They were both fine – the redtree was more crisp and lacking in flavor – it was a very nice light wine.
I have read somewhere that Challis Lane is actually owned by the same company that owns Charles Shaw, so that is something to consider. I haven’t tried the 2 buck chuck white wines so I don’t know if they taste the same. I also read the same about Sonoma Landing, but this is unconfirmed kuz it was just something I read on a person’s blog.
I would refrain from serving riesling as your main white wine, because not a lot of foods will pair with it, and because riesling has such a strong sweet flavor it can screw with a lot of foods and make them taste different than they should.
Anyway, good luck and hope it works out!
Post # 8
Rex Goliath makes some surprisingly good wines for the price.
I see BevMo has their cab, merlot & chardonnay.
I think you might enjoy their chardonnay, it’s on the fruit forward side & not too oaky (just enough to balance it), so it might be dry enough to pair well with meals but “sweet” enough to appease those who like sweeter wines. I really advise against serving reisling as your only white.
Naked Grape also makes good wine for the price. Unoaked, fruit forward, they’re easy drinking & I think they would be crowd pleasers.
Just some suggestions on the cheaper end of the spectrum ($6.99/bottle).
Post # 9
Oh, also, Bogle makes good reds (their PS is really delicious), although I’ve never tried a white from them.
Post # 10
Barefoot and Yellowtail make good wines in the $10 range.