(Closed) Would you serve two buck chuck wine at reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I personally hate 2 buck chuck. I’d much rather drink yellow tail or fetzer which isn’t that much more if you can grab it on sale or the magnum sizes. 

Post # 19
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If it is what is in your budget then go for it. I went to a wedding last year and they were serving Boone’s Farm and one of the aunts just thought it was the best thing ever.  It was actually a pretty classy wedding (with hidden costs all over), I was the only one that knew what was being served because I knew the bartender Wink

Post # 20
2354 posts
Buzzing bee

@Saddiebug:  I drink wine on a regular basis and I would notice it. I don’t know this wine in particular, but some cheap wines tend to taste more like vinegar and it’s awful to do this to your guests. I would be livid someone (not necessarily talking about you) would have spent money on flowers, dress, cake, knowing how it costs, then served me cheap, gross wine, knowing how inexpensive alcohol is in the US compared to Canada. You can still find inexpensive wines that taste good, but make sure you have someone in your circle who knows a little bit about wine and can help you decide. 

And maybe you can even find reviews online ? 


Post # 21
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t mind because I don’t go to weddings to drink the finest quality wines.  I’ve seen box wine served at weddings and guests didn’t care one bit.  Also, some of the Charles Shaw varieties are really good – they have one which is a Yellow Tail rip-off which I honestly prefer over the actual Yellow Tail counterpart.

Post # 22
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i wouldn’t think anything of it being served, but DH and I wouldn’t drink it.  The taste of it is inconsistent.  You can get really great bottles, and then really bad ones.  I read somewhere that they bought grapes from vineyards that had too many and used that to make the wine (not sure how true this is, though).  Since they come from different vineyards all the time, that explains why 1) the cost is lower and 2) the taste is not consistent.

Post # 23
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We served Charles Shaw wine (aka the “two buck chuck” from Trader Joe’s) and I’m not one bit embarrassed. Unless your guests are super into wine, who’s gonna know? The only person who expressed any negativity upon hearing that’s what we were planning to serve couldn’t even drink any because she was pregnant, so I took it with a grain of salt. Our crowd isn’t much into wine anyway…but we ARE into bourbon, which is why we spent all that money that didn’t go towards expensive wine on top-shelf bourbon. The crappiest one we served was Maker’s, so if anybody was upset that their free wine was too cheap I didn’t hear about it.

I have also been a guest at weddings where Charles Shaw was served, and no one seemed to care. 

Post # 24
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I served Charles Shaw, my family are wine snobs and they all loved it. My family in from out of town (where there is no trader joes) asked to take the extras home they liked it so much. 

Post # 25
2039 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Saddiebug:  Yep, sure would!!!!!

Post # 26
4554 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We are serving Two Buck Chuck! There’s no Trader Joes within three hours of here, though, so I feel like most people won’t know. And the ones I know who live elsewhere are the ones who have had it and suggested we get it! We may start people off with something slightly nicer during cocktail hour, but I figure once people have a drink or two, they won’t really care.

We did not get much of the TBC white, because I’ve heard it’s not as good, especially the white zin. I know some people will want to drink whites with the chicken, so we will get maybe some Barefoot or something for that.

We are feeding people steak and spending about $1200 on a cake and candy bar with name-brand candy. If they expect us to shell out for top of the line EVERYTHING, they can stuff it.

Post # 27
2010 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Is it really on $2 a bottle? Because I struggle to imagine how it is drinkable at that price! That said, DH and I have been known to cheerfully drink cheap house red all over Italy and aren’t wine snobs even we appreciate good wine.

I guess you know your guests though. Anyone who likes/knows their wine will probably find it less than palatable. Anyone who really couldn’t care less won’t mind. But I think going for cheapness first is always hit and miss. Sure, people are getting it free but you wouldn’t offer inedible food and expect them to be grateful so I’m never very keen on the “like it or lump it because it is free” approach to hospitality.

You still don’t have to pay a fortune to get a decent red wine – or at least you don’t over here – and supermarkets often have excellent offers. One of our budget supermarkets, Aldi, are noted for the decent quality of their very reasonably priced wines for example. So while you might need to pay a little more, you might well not have to pay a lot more to get far better wine.

Post # 28
5521 posts
Bee Keeper

@Saddiebug:  I have no idea what that is, but it doesn’t sound good :-s

I like wine; I typically buy bottles in the $10-13 range, occasionally spending $16. I tend to find that when you get bellow around $8 a bottle, the difference in taste and quality is noticeable; and I really cannot stand cheap wine. Most of my friends and family are the same; they just wouldn’t drink something that tasted ‘cheap’.

I’d say it depends on your social circle. If they drink that sort of thing all the time, then I don’t see an issue. If they are more discerning, however, you will probably just end up with no-one drinking it and it going to waste.

Post # 29
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would, but I would have the bartenders keep it hidden so people didn’t know.  You’d be surprised how much labels and appearance can affect taste!

Post # 30
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

TJ’s has bottles of wine in the same price range as Charles Shaw that are way better. I’d spend an extra dollar or so and go that route.

Post # 31
118 posts
Blushing bee

@Saddiebug:  I don’t think I would serve the Trader Joe’s unless absolutely necessary – not because of the taste (personally I think it tastes just fine!), but the last time I drank that it gave me a MASSIVE hangover!

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