Post # 1
I am going to provide the wine for my 150ish guest wedding. Immediately after the ceremony, we are serving hors d’oeuvres and a champagne punch while we finish up pictures, then we want to serve beer and wine at the reception (plus non-alcoholic beverages for non-drinkers). I know we will probably do a blue moon keg for our beer, but I am not very well versed in wine. Does anyone have any suggestions for good wines around/under $15? We want to serve one red and one white. Also, does anyone have any advice as far as amounts go? Thanks for the help in advance! 😉
Post # 3
@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
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 15
our meats are: carving station with beef tenderloin, assorted sushi, ahi tuni w/ seaweed salad, chicken satay with peanut sauce
as of right now i’m thinking a cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, and having blue moon on tap. i like francis coppola’s cab and pinot grigio personally- but like i said, i’m not a connoisseur. i like pinot grigio, and i know that it pairs well with lighter fare, especially in the summer, but i know for some wine snobs it is a no-go.
unfortunately i live in the southeast, so no Bevmo’s :(. I do live near a whole foods and a world market, so i will utilize them in the coming months.
thanks so much for all the advice!!
Post # 16
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.