Post # 1
So my semi-formal wedding will be in the summer around 6 pm. We are serving6 different hors d’oeuves throught the night. Since this is not a formal sit-down dinner, is there a need for red and/or dry wine? As of right now, Im thinking of having Moscato (white, sweet) and White Zinfandel (blush, sweet). I was also going to have a sweet champagne. Is this too much sweet, or is this okay for the summer semi-formal occasion?
Edit: Give me your wine suggestion list for variety
Post # 3
I am not fan of sweet, but I will offer some rustic suggestions. When it comes to reds I like Pinot Noir and whites Chardonnay. You can chill both.
Post # 4
I think it would be nice to have the variety if you are able. I don’t like sweet wine, I actually dont’ like sweet drinks much at all…
That said, you don’t have to get a full bodied dry red wine, you can get a lighter red, like a pinot noir or a red blend. It’s light enough that it goes with many foods, but dry enough that your typical red wine drinkers would enjoy it.
Post # 5
I like Reisling better than Moscato….just MO….I’m doing Reisling and a Pino Noir for my wines. I’m not a big wine drinker either and don’t drink red at all.
Post # 6
are the wines you are serving the most popular in your area?
Those choices in my area and my group of friends would be the least desired.
I think you should go the traditional red and white that would be more universally liked (noir and grigio probably) then choose one of those as your extra something special they can choose from.
Post # 7
@karmalkween: Chardonnay and Riesling are good choices for whites that most people like. Merlot and Shiraz are light, dry reds and usually safe choices. I would have one of each, a white and a red.
Pinot Grigio – another good choice for a white.
Mmmmm. Nope, too early for a glass of wine. Drat.
(I personally am not fond of sweet wines so I wouldn’t choose either White Zinfandel or Moscato).
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
I would offer a dry wine of some sort. Most of the true wine drinkers that I know actually prefer the dry to sweet. I like sweet…. but I also like cheap beer….
Post # 9
I agree with the above. You should have some red option even though you are not serving dinner.
Post # 10
I’m not super picky when I go to a wedding but I would be a little sad if there wasn’t at least a somewhat dry option. A Pinot Noir or a Chardonnay would be a good in between. I do know quite a few people (my mother included) that don’t drink any sweet wines.
To add: I’m having an evening summer wedding without dinner. We’re serving a Chardonnay, a Merlot, and a White Zinfandel.
Post # 11
Just because it’s summer and casual doesn’t mean that everyone loves sweeter wines. And a lot of people prefer red to white. (Note: I personally prefer white to red.) I think you should have at least a red option and probably a dryer white like a sauvignon blanc or a sancerre to balance the moscato. No one will want to drink more than one glass of moscato. I friggin love the stuff, but it’s really a dessert wine. For reds, you could do something fun like a rioja. For some reason, South American (Chile, Argentina) reds always seem summery to me.
Post # 12
Definitely have dry options but not everyone likes sweet wine.
Post # 13
Sweet wines are nice, but not if you’re drinking it with food. The flavors don’t always compliment each other.
Like PPs said Pinot Noir would be a good option to have. It’s light so it will pair well with most of the food you are serving. It is our go to wine whenever we need something with dinner.
Post # 14
I really would advise against serving only sweet wine, particularly if you’re choosing 2 options. Moscato tends to be served as a dessert wine, though white zinfandel is occasionally an aperatif. Rarely do you pair either of those with a main course.
How many wine selections are you planning to have? If you insist on serving moscato with dinner, I would definitely off set it with a dry red, though I think you’re going to have people who might prefer a drier white, so your best option would be to have 3 choices: moscato, dry white & dry red.
What are you serving for dinner? I could give more specific suggestions if I knew what you are serving (I don’t really recommend pinot noir if you’re only having one red, as you’re generally going to want something to stand up to your bolder course, but this is really going to depend on what you’re serving).
Since it seems like you like very sweet wines- have you tried Verdi sparkling? It is very sweet, I think it would be pleasing to a moscato lover, and it is cheap. You could serve that for toast & double as your “sweet option”, and then do a dry white & a dry red.
Post # 15
I think you’d be better off going for red and white and fizz. How about a sweet white wine, a dry(er) champagne or prosecco (cheaper) and a red. It’s true that not everyone likes sweet white wine but they then have two other options (neither of which are sweet).
ETA: Specifics-wise. Piesporter (Riesling) for sweet choice. Prosecco over champagne (unless you have a champagne drinking crowd no one will notice and most people I’ve “tested” it on prefer prosecco anyways). And I’d go for Shiraz or Pinot Noir for a red.
Post # 16
@ElbieKay: This is a good point on Chilean reds. They’re lovely.