Post # 1
My FH and I are big wine drinkers and tend to collect bottles (we have a large collection that we continually add to). Our caterer and venue allow us to provide our own alcohol for the bar. We are doing an open bar with liquor, beer, and wine. I’m wondering is it weird if I have different wines from different wineries. For example, I have ten bottles of Pinot Grigio but they all come from different wineries? We typically buy within the same price range so there wouldn’t be a huge difference in quality and we would only use wine that we’ve drank and enjoyed.
Post # 2
the only weird thing about it is that i might have a glass of wine and then want another – only to find out that the single bottle of it is gone. some people might find it frustrating that their drink keeps constantly changing throughout the night
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s weird or a breach of etiquette, but the advantage to using only one winery is that you have less waste- instead of your guests having a choice btw white, red & rosè for example, they’ll also have several vintages to choose from- which is cool for the guests to have so many choices to sample from, but may leave you and your groom with lots of open bottles of partially drank wine. (You could always make Sangria lol)
Post # 4
I think it’s a little weird — if I liked a glass and ordered a second, I’d find it weird that it tasted different, since I probably wouldn’t expect the wine to vary by bottle.
I like the idea of picking your favorites and showcasing those, but perhaps 3-4 varietals from different vineyards would be a better option.
Post # 5
I personally don’t think it matters at all. Do what you like! : ) I’m a big wino myself.
Post # 6
I too would be a bit confused to order a second glass and have it be a different brand.
Post # 7
I’m a big proponent of “do your thing” and screw the traditional, but I do think a lot of it depends on how you execute it. I think your idea is really cool, and in my opinion it would work best if you made it clear to the guests – so it was part of the experience. Like maybe you showcase all the different bottles clearly, so guests see them when they are ordering. And if you had some sort of small sign saying “enjoy a collecion as varied and ecclectic as we are!” or something cheesy and fun like that, it would make it clear that your goal is to provide an array rather than a traditional select offering.
Ultimately, I don’t think guests are there to get exactly what they want the way they want it. People are there because they love and want to honor you. But I agree if might seem weird if they don’t understand that it was your intention to showcase a variety. So play it up and have fun with it!
Post # 8
I like the idea! I don’t think it matters that my second glass of pinot grigio might be a different brand than the first glass – I would actually like it more because I like trying new things.
Post # 9
Mmm, I think it would bother me to be switching it up all night. Particularly if I really liked one, but not the next. Also, some wines go straight to my head, while others are a bit more mellow. I see myself getting frustrated and loosing my drinking pace really quick.
Why not do a small wine tasting instead? It requires a judicious bartender, but it can be done! Perhaps people can pick either red or white wines and you get a sample of 3 different bottles. That would be a fun way to incorporate some of your favorites!
Post # 10
I think you should split the difference – I’m also a huge wine drinker and BF and i love to visit different wineries. What if all your cab savs came from one winery, all your merlots from a different, all your pinot noirs from a third, etc. So that way if I have a glass of cab sav, love it and go back for another one, it’s not a different wine BUT I have the opportunity to try wines from a few different vineyards.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t find it odd at all, as long as its basically in the same family. I’d find it fun, and it sounds like it’d be nicer than $5 bottle o wine! LOL
My only pause would be if you have too wide a variety, and depending on how many guests your having, and how many bartenders, it’d bottle neck a line for people. That can get super annoying real quick because someone is bound to hold up the line wanting to know what the options are. Maybe just keep it to a few varieties and just mention the type of wine, not the maker, year, etc.
Post # 12
A bit different but we ended up with a mix of wines as our venue had some odd bottles of really good wine they couldn’t sell as a package or put on a menu so they upgraded our (very basic) wine package for free. No one seemed upset by this.
Can you not just have a mix of wines but stick to one vinyard per table? then people don’t have to switch but you still showcase your different wines.
I’d be very happy with your suggestion btw, don’t look gift wine in the mouth people!