Post # 1
Our caterer had us go to the liquor store they work with and pick out our wine. The woman will know how much to order (so they say) and anything unopened will be returned. My question is, what is a good price range per bottle?
Post # 3
well, I’ve had GREAT wine at $5.50 a bottle and crappy wine that was $20 a bottle and vice versa.
First of all, what kind of wine are you serving? red? white? Then break it down–pinot noir, cabernet, chardonnay, etc. We could give you some brand suggestions. In general, anything in the $13 range seems to be ok to me. But i always go back to my $5.50 bottle of trader joe’s reinheissen. are you familiar with wines at all? What are you serving for dinner?
Sorry i’m a self proclaimed wine-o =]
Post # 4
You can go really cheap and find something good. I would insist on tasting before buying though.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
My favorite, favorite red wine is $6.99 per bottle. I went wine tasting earlier this month and found another cab that was *as* good… for $45 per bottle. Go taste a few and you should be able, quite easily, to find options under $10.
Post # 6
They won’t let us taste in the store. I didn’t really like the store or the woman but they will buy back what is unopened….My favorite local store won’t do that.
I want to serve 2 red and 2 white. I don’t drink white, but I was thinking, one with a bite and then one smooth. For red, a light beaujolais and a fuller bodied merlot or something like an Italian d’alba. I am having “stations”: seafood, turkey, vegetarian (polenta dish & risotto cakes) and pasta.
They sold us 5 bottles at 20% discount. So tonight I made my family dinner and we had a tasting. We tried 3 red and 2 white.
All of the wine we tried was 11.99 a bottle and everyone liked it (except the white. Half preferred the sharper one and 1/2 preferred the smoother one, which I guess is expected?)
I want to know if I am being “too cheap” by sticking to 11.99 price range or if there is better cheaper stuff…
Post # 7
sometimes there is better cheaper stuff. My favorite “cheap” wine is a white reinheissen. It’s on the sweeter and lighter fruitier side but no matter what, i’ve even liked the sutter home kind!
Post # 8
You are not too cheap…even paying 12 dollars a bottle multiplied by several cases adds up. Your guests will be happy you are serving wine. Don’t stress!
Post # 9
A good red wine that almost every liquor store in the states should have is Fetzer. The Merlot is good and the Cabernet Sauvignon is also good. We got ours on sale for $6.99 per bottle, but I think it usually runs at between $9 and $11. Its from California and the taste is good and non-offensive. It will appeal to most people. Another great red is J.P. Chenet Cabernet Syrah, really great wine and normal price is about $6. This one is a bit harder to find than the Fetzer, though.
A good and decently priced white is Bella Sera Pinot Grigio. This one is from Italy and you should also be able to find it anywhere. I think its normal price is between $7 and $9 per bottle. A Chardonnay is another safe choice for white wines, and one I am partial to is Fat Bastard Chardonnay. This is from France, and is very good and pretty fairly priced at between $10 and $12 per bottle.
For another choice, you should consider some Rieslings, which are great with more savory food because they taste sweeter (even when they’re bone dry!). The Finger Lakes in NY has very good Rieslings, but if you can’t find any where you are, look for Rieslings from Germany or Alsace in France, they are the best regions for this grape.
Usually when I buy in bulk, I ask for a discount. Some places will give you a small discount for buying even 3 or 5 bottles, but they should definitely give you a discount when you are buying cases. I usually get between 15-20% off per case.
Post # 10
We are getting Columbia Crest Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauviogn for about $9.75/bottle (with the discount for buying by the case) and Clean Slate Reilsling for about $9/bottle.
Post # 11
I second the suggestion for Reislings from Germany. I prefer white to red wine, but pretty much everyone I know will drink Reisling. It may be too sweet for those that prefer dry red wines, but if you have a red alternative its a great white choice.
Post # 12
i prefer German Rieslings and Spanish Rose’s and California Merlot’s for a wedding…and don’t spend too much money on each bottle…when you can go to Trader Joes and get a bottle for 5.99! Really not too many peeps are true wine-o’s so you can get away with going cheaper. But I suggest just buying about two bottles of each kind you decide on (2 different whites, 2 different reds) and inviting a few friends or family members and gettting their opinion!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
I would go for the $12-15 range. It’s hard to say what to get without tasting it or knowing what’s available, but our wedding wines and all the ones we tasted were around that price, and we felt like they are pretty darn good.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I do love the Columbia Crest cab… in fact it’s the one I was referring to. 😉 I buy it for $6.99/bottle at the supermarket, without any discount. They are charging you too much!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I’d be comfortable spending anywhere from $5-$12 a bottle for wedding wine. Honestly, I’m quite happy drinking Charles Shaw ($2 a bottle) so price isn’t really a big deal if you like the wine. I suggest hitting up the wine store and buying a slew of bottles in a price range you’re comfortable with, and then having a little blind taste test party with some friends, and perhaps you can choose a wine that way?
Post # 16
I think if you like the bottle of wine then you shouldnt worry about the price being $12/bottle. Most of your guests wont know how much you spent on each bottle so theres no reason for anyone to think you are cheap. I agree with most posters it depends on the wine, there are some wines I love that are $6/bottle adn some that are $20/bottle.