Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - Twin Oaks Garden House
We are supplying our own alcohol for our venue and I’m reallllly stuck on the wine.
I want one red and one white (or two different ones for each) BUT I don’t know whats good. I want to pay about 10-12 bucks a bottle maybe a little more if its good…..but I dont want to spend an arm and a leg if a lot of my wedding guests drink usually drink beer. We will be serving one chicken dish and one meat (tri tip or prime rib).
Post # 4
Which wines are “good” is highly subjective. What’s good to me might not be good to you. I’d suggest spending a Saturday at your local Total Wine, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. Or even better, your local independent wine shop. All these places host free tastings most weekends. Check websites for times. You can try different wines and get a better idea of the retail cost, plus talk to the people who work there, explain your menu, describe your guests, and end up with much better selections than what you’d get from strangers on the Internet.
plus, if you live in/near Long Beach and you go with a Southern California winery, your $10-12 per bottle will go a lot further than it will elsewhere in the country because the merchant pays less to have the wine transported. So my $10 go-to bottle may be quite different to yours, especially considering some smaller wineries might not even be selling wines outside your local area. I know Long Beach is not the wine growing hub but there are many outstanding wineries around Temulca/San Diego and you should take a look at local stuff because if you’re paying less to transport it, you tend to get a better quality of wine for your money.
Post # 5
We’re doing the same thing and supplying all beverages, and even though we love wine, we love all different types so it was hard to choose. My future parents in law went to some of their local shops and asked what wines are good for weddings and then bought 3 bottles of white and another time 3 bottles of red and we did blind taste tests together. It helped that we had a group of people trying the wine instead of just us. Ultimately we were able to get us for between $5-$6/ bottle because they weren’t expensive bottles to start with and we got rebates on them. Also, my future parents in law had been working with one specific local shop and were able to get them to price match when we found the white wine somewhere else. We ended up going with a Folinari Chianti and Rex Goliath Sauvignon Blanc. Rex Goliath is my current favorite winery, but as the previous poster said, what’s good is very subjective and up to you.
Post # 6
For wines, we will probably serve Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some kind of Moscato. The budget could dictate that we have only the Chardonnay and White Zinfandel.
Beringer, Sutter’s Home, Gallo, and some local brands are just fine with us.
Post # 7
@SoontobeMrsFisette: I agree with @fishbone: … “Good” wine is very subjective. I can give you some personal favorites, but I’m not really sure what types of wine your guests would love.
I’m mostly a white wine fan, and my favorite is Riesling. It’s a sweeter wine, but not as sweet as Moscato. One of my favorite types of Riesling is the Relax Riesling (comes in a blue bottle). Sometimes it’s on sale, and I’ve gotten it for as cheap as $8.99 a bottle. I think normally it’s closer to $11 or $12. Definitely not an expensive or “fancy” wine, but very good. We usually keep some in the fridge, and I drink it often.
I also like Pinot Grigio, another white (this is much drier and less sweet than Riesling). We usually get Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, and I think that’s at most around $12 a bottle.
My fiance loves red wine, and his favorite by far is Pinot Noir. He describes it as “kind of bitter and dry” (I just asked him how he’d describe it haha) and he likes Mirassou “because it’s good and cheap.” (Again, his description.) He said it’s usually only around $8 or $9 a bottle.
I’m more of a wine lover than he is, but neither of us are what you’d consider a “wine snob.” We like what we like and love trying new wines, but we don’t actually know a lot about it. I don’t know how helpful my suggestions will be because of that, but these types/brands at least fall into your price range. I also have a lot of friends who like the wines I listed here, so I know it’s not just us.
Post # 8
Ecco Domani makes the best Moscato I’ve ever tasted for an inexpensive bottle. I’ve seen it for $10-12/bottle online. I don’t like reds so I can’t help you there.
Post # 9
A German Riesling is universally likeable, and accessible to non-wine drinkers. I would go with a Merlot for the red, for the same reasons. Many people will suggest shiraz for a red, but it has an edge to it that only wine drinkers will like – and not all of us. A Malbec (Argentinian) is also a good option for red. Very popular right now so should be easy to find, and is a bit different, and still quite accessible.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - Twin Oaks Garden House
thanks for all the feedback!!! im so lost on wine. I took notes on a couple of the bottles everyone posted and am getting them to try mself.