(Closed) Wine and champagne recommendations for our BYOB wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I’d suggest serving two whites and two reds, one sweet, one dry of each.

For champagne I’d suggested Tosti Asti, it’s like $10/bottle.

Post # 4
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For sparkling I woiuld go with Gruet Brut. I’ve seen it for as low as $10.99 a bottle and it’s delicious.

Post # 5
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t know what Sam’s/Costco carries, but I have noticed that Wal-Mart’s selection of wine has improved tremendously in the last several years.  The Menage-a-Trois is a fantastic cab.  I’ve seen it at Wal-Mart, so more than likey Sam’s will have it too.  Not sure on the price, but I would imagine it’s in the $10-15 range.  I also like Conundrum, which is a white blended table wine from California.  It’s a bit on the pricy side, but has gotten progressively cheaper lately.  Last year at Thanksgiving it was ~$17/bottle.  Instead of champagne, we are serving Saracco Moscato.  This is an Italian wine that is lightly carbonated.  It’s not quite as fizzy as champagne, but it is a bit sweeter.  It’s in the $14/bottle range.

Post # 6
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If you have a Treder Joe’s nearby you might want to consider getting your wine there.  They have a large variety that I think is only $3/bottle.  It used to be known as “2 buck chuck” but I guess it’s “”3 buck chuck” now.  It’s actually not bad wine either.  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

For Champagne, we went with Barefoot wine’s Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne. We liked it a lot better than champagne, and it was priced right!

Post # 9
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Okay, I have answers for this!  We had a similar BYO set up with our venue, and to decide what wines to buy, I had a bunch of girlfriends over for a wine tasting night when my husband was out of town for his bachelor party.  I *highly* recommend doing this if you can, because it is a BLAST.  Everyone brought over a bottle under $10, and ranked each one on a scale of 1-10.  We watched the movie Bridesmaids, and then later (and drunker), we watched Bridezillas and talked about the crazies lol.  I got this idea from the Bee, and it ended up being one of my favorite pre-wedding parties πŸ™‚

This is what we ended up buying:

Red: Alamos Malbec

This was the CLEAR favorite of all 12 wines we tried that night – with an average of 8.4 points!  It is $8.99 at Trader Joe’s, and also can be found at larger wine stores by the case (we found it at a random spot in the Hudson Valley!).  It is smooth, eminently drinkable, and tastes so much more expensive than it is.  Very much a crowd pleaser.

White (and slightly bubbly!): Twin Vines Vinho Verde



SO delicious – one of my favorite white wines I’ve tried in a while, and again a clear winner (7.6 – the highest of all the white averages, as there was a range of tastes represented at my tasting).  Neither too sweet nor to dry, and the slight fizz is awesome.  We decided against champagne, and this was our toasting drink, in addition to being our main white wine option.  Bonus – it is only $7 a bottle!  And the bottle is pretty πŸ™‚


Cheapie white for the peach sangria:

Not a bad cheap option (under $5 at a local wine store, and widely available).  I think the rating was a low 6.  We used it for our white peach sangria, though some people ordered it by itself if they didn’t want the slight fizz of the Vinho Verde (and it was fine).  I don’t love it, but it is a good backup of sorts to have on hand.  GREAT for sangria! 

Post # 11
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I love both of the Menage a Trois blends. The red is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot and the white is Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Moscato. The red blend is my absolute favorite go-to wine when I want something inexpensive to drink at home.

Barefoot tends to have good, inexpensive wines, as well.

Post # 12
90 posts
Worker bee

Here’s another vote for the Barefoot wines. 

Post # 13
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ll second the Alamos red. Another good one in that price range is a cab called Liberty School. I can’t remember if Costco carries it (the Richmond/Galleria one) but I know HEB does. I’ve gone through my fair share of $10-12 wine bottles, so other reds I like are: Markwest, Cupcake, Gnarly Head, Apothic Red.

Also, Costco and Sams have great deals, but if you buy 6 bottles at HEB you get 10% off. And sometimes they will have an extra 10% on top of that for a certain type (i.e. south american reds). Might make it even cheaper.

Personally I’m no wine snob at all (currently only buying Black Box cab) but I don’t care for barefoot, mondavi, or the kangaroo one. Just my two cents.

There is a helpful blog called goodwineunder20.blogspot.com that might have some reccomendations.

Post # 15
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I loooooove Cupcake, and Relax also makes an awesome Riesling that’s my all time favorite. As far as reds, I love every wine I’ve had from Apothic. Bonus – all the wines I just mentioned are yummy AND cheap πŸ™‚

Post # 16
4339 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a fan of Barefoot’s wines – we actually used their chardonnay and sauvignon cabernet for our wedding wine options.

For champagne, we used Andre Peach Sparkling Wine – it’s only $6/bottle and was a HUGE hit! We used it for the toast, and people were drinking the extra bottles all night.

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