(Closed) Wine Blends instead of individual types?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

It’s all about personal preference. I’d rather have a straight red than a blend, but that’s just me. Figure out what’s most cost effective and go with that– I don’t really think you can go wrong here.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Most people, especially in the US, know wines by grape and it’s easy to know what kind of wine you’ll be getting knowing the grape varietal. That being said, a wine technically only needs 75-85% of a certain grape to be called Pinot Grigio, etc. so if you like Cabernet Sauvignon but wanted a “lighter” version you’d want to pick one that was 80% Cab, 20% Merlot (v. 20% Syrah-a heavier grape). 

That was probably way too technical but bottom line I think guests would like to know what they’re drinking versus just saying their option is a red blend or white blend. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I would choose two reds and two whites, with your selections covering a variety of tastes.

I think the most crowd-pleasing would be a cabernet (dry red), merlot (mild red), chardonnay (full-bodied white) and pinot grigio (lighter white).

With a varietal, you usually know what you’re getting, flavor-wise. With a blend, it could be full, light, sweet, dry… you don’t know until you try it (or unless you know from the types of grapes used).

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I LOVE a wine blend, but I agree with the PP: go with what you can afford.  I’m not sure if a blend would be more or less expensive.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’m having this same issue!! I know that some of the ideas that other bees gave me on wine choices will not go over well with my crowd. Alot of them are sweet wine drinkers (they like sweet red, moscato, and reisling). I can’t go with a cabernet or a merlot because I know overall they will hate it (even though I like them!). I was thinking of just getting a red blend that would benefit everyone and still having a few bottles of Pinot Grigio, Reisling, and sweet red!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Red blends are usually smoother and more complex than straights. I’d go with a red blend, for instance, a merlot-syrah rather than a Cab since cabernet is often too much for peopel who aren’t avid wine drinkers. As for white wine, I feel like a straight will do. White blends aren’t really all that.

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