(Closed) Wine Bottles on Table – Warm wine?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Leaving wine bottles on the table?
    You're over-thinking it, so what if the wine may end up being room temperature : (11 votes)
    22 %
    Try to keep them chilled all day, and then put them on the table right before the reception : (27 votes)
    55 %
    You should get a way to keep them chilled during the meal but try to find something that matches : (4 votes)
    8 %
    They should be chilled even if you can't afford a bucket that matches your theme : (4 votes)
    8 %
    Other suggestion? : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    most red wine should actually be drunk at room temp, so I personally wouldn’t have a problem with it. I’ll come to your wedding with my SIL and we’ll finish off the two bottles at our table 😛

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Just serve red wine only on the tables, most reds are meant to be had at room temperature anyway

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The red will be fine at room temp but I would absolutely find a way to chill the white. Warm white wine is pretty icky.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Perhaps just do reds?  If someone wants white, they can move to the bar. 

    Or, just keep the wine at the bar and used empty bottles for the table numbers.

    I have issues with leaving opened bottles of wine on tables.  They almost never get drunk and the wino in me cringes at the thought of wasted alcohol.

     

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    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  Aren’t some types of wine supposed to be served at room temp? I think red wines are.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If it’s white wine, try to keep it chilled before the reception.  The bottles will stay chilled for a while, so don’t worry about keeping them chilled during the reception.  White wine tastes yucky when it’s warm though.

    At my wedding, I kept the wine bottles in a cooler full of ice and then had the caterer set them up on the tables when they were setting up the buffet during the ceremony.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Refrigerate the white wine before the reception and then put it out on the tables. Don’t worry about trying to keep it cool on the table – the optimal serving temperature is 50F anyway.

    Don’t worry a bit about the red wine, most should be served at or close to room temperature.

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    White wine should be served slightly chilled, but the advantage is that it can be poured directly from the bottle. So if you really want to serve the wine that you have hanging out on the tables, get white wine and get the ice buckets. Red wine, while it should be conumed at room temperature, should be decanted for 30-60 minutes before serving, rather than being poured directly from the bottle. So either get ice buckets to chill the white wine or just serve all wine from the bar and use the table bottles for decorative purposes only.

    Edit: I am really surprised that everyone is advocating red wine poured directly from the bottle. Do you guys skip decanting the wine or do you pour through an aerator? OP- Having an aerator on each red bottle is another option, but they will run you just as much as an ice bucket, if not more.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @peasantsong:  this is the perfect solution. Use a cooler.

    @lovekiss:  Agree that decanting can improve the flavor of a red but I think she’s fine to pour the red directly from the bottle. It can breathe in the glass. 

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    The only thing I’ll drink chilled is champagne….if you chill any other wine, red or white, it just starts to make me think of Kool-aid.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @lovekiss:  it’s nice to decant the wine because it brings out more aroma/flavor but it really isn’t necessary. swirling it in the glass is good enough.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I love room temp red wine!!!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lovekiss:  I’ve been at pretty fancy weddings/events and I’ve never seen red wine decanted first.  I think it poses a pretty big logistical issue at a wedding.

    A dinner party at someone’s home? Sure, decant the red wine. Serving red wine to 100+ people, skip it.

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Chill the whites before the reception, leave the reds at room temperature.

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