(Closed) Will people drink red wine in the summer?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

I love ALL wine so I’m probably no help but I think you should go a little heavier on white wine. The majority of wine drinkers I know only drink white no matter the season or the meal. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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mangosandcats:  I think it’s generally recommended to have more white than red so add in the seafood restaurant and hot humid weather, I think 2/3 and 1/3 sounds reasonable. Unless you know your crowd has a lot of red-drinkers — is that maybe why someone is advising to make it 50/50?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Hmmm, I think you could go 50/50, but I would definitely go with a light varietal like pinot noir. Or a gamay or grenache based blend. A good Beaujolais could be nice. I guess it would depend on the food that you’re serving, but pinot noir pairs nicely with most foods- that wold be my pick.

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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mangosandcats:  whoops, missed the seafood restaurant part. In that case I would keep it 2/3 white… but still go with a light varietal for the red.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Good call on the pinot.

I know I’m generalizing here, and of course you know your guests better, but women in summer will typically drink white, whereas men who would be drinking red wine, will often opt for beer in the summer. Women in dresses, and not wanting the beer bloat are unlikely to choose beer. That, and the seafood is what makes me think you’ll be okay sticking to 2/3 white.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Can you return what doesn’t get consumed?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Keep to the 2/3 white, 1/3 red ratio.  People won’t drink as much red in the summer, especially with the fish dinner.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

We had an outside wedding in June – we bought white and red wine- pretty much no one drank the red (expected, but we still had it just in case). We ended up returning about 2/3 of the red wine we bought. Definitely go heavier on white wine 🙂 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I drink red no matter what time of the year it is, if that helps at all!

That said, your guests will appreciate a good summer red that is supposed to be had chilled.  Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Barbera d’Asti & Zinfandel all should be slightly chilled and make for easy drinking!

OH, and for fish.. a light pinot noir will pair wonderfully with white fish, salmon, and shellfish (so.. pretty much any fish hah).

Heavier fish, like swordfish and tuna can handle Beaujolais or a heavier Pinot Noir.

Of my earlier suggestions, Zin and Barbera will be an issue with a lot of fish dishes unless they’ve got lots of spices etc.. already… Like a spicy pasta dish.

EDIT: Finally, to add… the sommelier or Groomsmen of the restaurant you’re having your reception at will be able to give you the best advice regarding pairings and what people like to drink with their summer menu.  They do this every night every year so they’ll know best.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I also drink red no matter what time of the year, and I really don’t drink white…but don’t let that sway u, most of the women I know drink white

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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mangosandcats:  you’d be surprised :). Good that you can keep them though! I am a red wine drinker, so that’s my bias. I think 2/3 vs 1/3 makes sense if you also have beer and liquor. do you prefer red or white yourself? having extra at home is never bad!

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