(Closed) Wine Question, Type and Quantity?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I’d go with the Pinot Grigio and the Cab (not the blend one). I feel like those are good group choices for a red and white.

I’d say.. 5 boxes of each? See if you can return them if they’re unopened!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not sure about quantity, but I would stick with two types of wine – one red and one white. Chardonnay is a popular white option and for red, Merlot is probably a safe bet. The red/white sangria sounds really good but is much lighter and not true wine – it’s a wine mix.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Also, just wanted to throw this out there to make serving easier… Walmart has some wine/juice decanters for really cheap on their glassware aisle–like $3 or so each!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s smart to go with one medium-bodied white and one medium-bodied red.  They’ll pair well with the greatest amount of stuff.  A lot of people hate Cabernet because it’s so robust, especially if they aren’t big wine drinkers.  I love wine and still hate Cabernet!  That’s why I’d pick Pinot Grigio and Merlot.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Evite has a great calculator: http://www.evite.com/pages/party/drink-calculator.jsp’ defer=’defer

We’re having around 140 people and we’re buying our own alcohol too.  I decided on 20 1.75 L bottles of wine.  There are about 9-10 glasses per bottles of that size. 

We love wine and went with 5 bottles each of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and White Zinfandel.  Merlot and Cabernet S are reds.  Chardonnay is a white and White Zin is a pink.  The white and pink are served chilled, the reds are served at room temperature.  I really like merlot, Fiance loves cabernet.  I think Merlot is a good option as a lot of people are familar with that.  Chardonnay is also very well received. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d go with the Pinot Grigio and the Merlot as well — they are probably your best chance at pleasing everyone.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Personally I like SAngria. It’s a party beverage to me!

But pinot grigio and cabernet are, otherwise, incredibly popular white wines. I prefer a buttery chardonnay, as I find pinot grigio kind of vinegary, though. Sauvignon blanc is awesome too if you can find it. Very mild.

We had 125 guests, a keg of beer, 24 bottles of white wine (only 12 got drank) and 2 double barrels of red (only 1 got drank–we had chicken by the way) but we also had 4 liters of hard liquor. The beer was WAY more popular

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I obviously have to vote for the Pinot Grigio. =) It’s a good white wine that goes well with both dinner and dessert.

Merlot is probably the best red wine to offer, in my opinion. Wine drinkers often expect a dry red wine, and this is a good one to offer.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What are you serving for food options? I perfer a Cab myself, but Merlot is good too. I’m kind of picky on Chadonnay (not a fan of really oaky ones), so I vote for Pinot Grigio also.

Of your wine drinkers, do you know if a majority prefer red or white?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

OOOOH! Where’s the pinot noir???  If you want a really good, smooth,med body red wine, I would def recommend a pinot noir!!  Estancia is one of my faves

 

As for whites, go with the crowd on this one and go with chardonnay, can’t go wrong there.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would recommend the Pinot Grigio for the white.  It tends to be a bit crisper than Chardonnay, particularly the low cost Chardonnay’s, and it is a good all around kind of wine.  For the red option I would also go with Merlot as PPs have suggested.  Cabernet Sauvignon can be a tricky one as it can be pretty powerful, and Merlot tends to be a bit smoother and lighter in flavor.  The Cab/Shiraz blend might also be a good choice.  It is a very popular blend in Australia.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I would definitely recommend tasting EVERYTHING before buying, though! A friend is thinking about using TJ’s two buck chuck merlot because you can’t beat the price, but I’ve had some very bad batches of that particular one and a few “cheaper” merlots… not sure why! That’s why I initially didn’t recommend merlot, it’s something I’ve noticed some vineyards have trouble with (when it comes to the less expensive side of things).

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@LaborOfLove – The reason there are good and bad batches of Two Buck Chuck is that they purchase the excess wine from other producers so there isn’t the same kind of consistency.  I have heard decent things about the boxed wine that Target carries, but I agree that it is always good to taste beforehand!

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