(Closed) Wine Advice?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@confiserie: I love most Cabernet Sauvignons when it comes to reds.  Definitely prefer that to say, a merlot.  In terms of what brand to get, that really depends on taste.  I have different groups of friends that tend to gravitate to different brands.  Maybe this is a good excuse for a tasting party? 🙂

Post # 4
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I live in california so wine  may be cheaper here since I am a hop skip and a jump away from Napa Valley. I will ONLY buy wine if it is less than $5. Barefoot is a good “cheap” wine, I also some times get BV from Costco which is clser to $10. Yellow Tail isn’t bad either. I drink merlots, cabs, shiraz, anything from these brands. As for white wines…I am not a fan of white wines so I can’t really help with that. Do you have a Beverages and more store where you live? Maybe asking them what their top selling wine under $15 is a good place to start?

Post # 5
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

@Angelz_love: I totally agree! Check out BevMo–they should have a wine specialist who can be a lot more helpful than we are. Plus, he/she will probably be able to tell you what deals they have going on. Because of checking with BevMo’s wine specialist, we were able to get amazing wine (and beer!) for half off. It was perfect–we got more expensive wine for under our budget!

Post # 6
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yellow tail is as low as I go for price/quality for bottled wine. Box wine is another story..

The most common white wines are Chardonnay and Reisling. Red? Cabernets and Merlots. Personally, I’m a merlot girl.

Post # 7
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

For a red wine I like Pinot Noir. For a white wine I love Rieslings. Which oddly enough were the 2 wines we served at our wedding. 🙂 We served “Pinot Evil”, which runs about $7-8 a bottle, and “Biltmore’s Riesling” which is about $11 a bottle-but is also only available regionally. It’s always a good idea to buy a bottle and taste it before you commit to cases. We bought a case of each, had about 60 adult guests and had 3-4 bottles of each wine left at the end of the night. We also had beer and sparkling wine available for adult beverages.  Most folks at our wedding were not heavy drinkers. So that may or may not be much help on quantity.

Post # 8
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

What food are you serving? That will help determine which type of wine is appropriate to offe.? Are you purchasing the wine from a retail store? If so, does your $15 price limit include the corkage fee charged by your caterer (meaning your per-bottle expense must be less to accomodate that fee), or can you spend the full $15 per bottle?

Post # 9
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Whole Foods (at least in Cleveland) has a wine called Three Wishes- it sells for $3.58. They have a Cab, Merlot and Chardonnay- I have had the 2 reds, and I really enjoy both of them! I’m not a Chardonnay girl, so really can’t speak to that one.

Post # 10
13249 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love Rieslings, but they’re a very sweet wine.  You’re safer going with a Chardonnay for a white. For reds, I’d pick a Cab Sauv or merlot.  You can also get some delicious blush wines that may complement both meals for you.  Is one of your friends a fan of wine?  You can go to a grocery store (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, especially) have great selections of wine, and a lot of them are pretty cheap (Whole Foods has some gooood wines for $7 or 8 a bottle).

Estimate that each bottle of wine yields 4-5 glasses, and go from there!

Post # 11
568 posts
Busy bee

reisling is my favorite. it’s sweet. my favorite is cavit.

i wouldnt stress much: most people dont know the difference between cheap and expensive wine so definitely go the affordable route.

what food are you serving??

white with light

red with rich

Post # 12
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d go for a Riesling and Late Season Zinfandel. I always have them on hand at my apt and is always well received =)

Post # 13
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ok, so I might come under fire here, but if I was going for bulk, I would seriously consider a quality box wine – I promise they exist. Silverbirch Sauvignon Blanc is very nice, and I really like every varietal I’ve tried of the Bota Box brand – especially their malbec and their old vine zinfandel. There’s also Pinot Evil Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio (I think it’s Pinot grigio). Each of those boxes equates to about 4 bottles, and runs $20-25/each.


In terms of inexpensive bottle brands, I really like the following – most or all are under $10 in my area.

Red: Blackstone Merlot, Pinot Evil Pinot Noir, Flacco

White: Monkey Bay sauvignon blanc, Chateau ste michelle reisling


Also, no joke… I really like the Charles Shaw Chardonnay (two buck chuck, although I think it’s $4 now) at TJ.


Finally, if you can, get to your vendor and see if they have recommendations or will do a tasting for you. Don’t discount Chilean and Argentinian wines, they’re good and often very inexpensive.

Post # 14
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Another vote for yellowtail – to me yellowtail is a very popular standard, but good wine.

Also, I would stick with general “likes” and the most popular white is a Chardonnay and most popular red is a Cabernet.

As a generality someone who likes a Reisling, Pino, or even Zinfandel will typically drink a Chardonnay, even though it may not be their fav. Same for the reds; Malbeck, Shiraz, Merlot, etc, will typically be okay with drinking a Cab.

Post # 16
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Your picks are great.  Coppola’s wines are really nice, and I think a cab and a pinot grigio will pair well with you menu.

Mazel tov!

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