Eat, Drink and Be Married!

One of the many important decisions you’ll have to make when preparing to say, “I do” is selecting the type and quantity of wine to accompany the big event. There will be wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, parties and receptions, which equates to a lot of thirsty guests!

I thought I might help with a little “wedding wine math.” Here are some general guidelines and hints to planning any event with wine.

1. Overestimate Your Order 
What’s the worst thing that could happen? Running out of wine on your big day. A close second would be if the groom doesn’t show; in which case, you will need the extra wine. If you deal with a reputable restaurant or retail store, there is a high likelihood they will credit you for any unused wine (check with them before making that assumption). 

2. Consider Your Guests

What is their “rowdy meter” and how “festive” is this event? As a general rule of thumb, you should plan on a bottle and a half for every two people, which breaks down to about three glasses of wine per guest. Keep in mind that a bottle of wine holds 33 ounces, or four 8-ounce pours. So, when talking to the caterer, you will want to ask if they will be pouring 8-ounce glasses or 6-ounce glasses. Each establishment executes this differently and it can make a difference in your estimations. If the aforementioned rowdy meter tilts to the high side, you might want to plan on more. 

3. Plan On Pouring Two to Three Times More Red Than White

Whites are more popular in the warmer months, while reds are more popular in the cooler months. Regardless of the season, you will still pour more red than white. 

4. Appeal To the Masses

If you can only have one white and one red, go mainstream and choose a cabernet or merlot for the red and a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc for the white. If you want to be more creative and appeal to a wider array of people, go with two reds and two whites. The two reds should include one bold, like a malbec, and one light, like a pinot noir. The whites should include one dry, like a sauvignon blanc, and one sweet, like a Riesling.

5. Don’t Overspend!

Don’t try to impress your guests with high-end wines. As you know, we only review wines under $20, and we have found some incredible bottles with outstanding value. Most of your guests may not remember the specific wines you poured, but they will remember if they had fun! 

Here are four wines for your consideration:

Ribbonwood, Sauvignon Blanc,
Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009

The bright fruit and clean finish of this wine reminds me of spring every time I drink it. Ribbonwood expresses itself well in a wine category that is very competitive; it displays bright grapefruit and lemon zest with a squeaky clean finish. $12.99

ZUM, Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2008

Riesling is a secret weapon wine—while experts understand that it is a gorgeous varietal, novice drinkers love it for its sweetness and residual sugar. This has notes of lime and apple that will trick grandma, cousin Betty from the country, and those guests that only drink once a year straight onto the dance floor.  At $9.99, plan on dancing all night long!

Stella Rosa, Red Table Wine, Italy, Non-Vintage

This wine is lightly sweet and is served chilled, although it is a red. Designed to be served with cheese and fruit, this wine was delicious on the palate as it had a little bit of effervescence. It has very low alcohol content at 5.5 percent, so it is also extremely “chuggable.”  If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill wines you have been drinking, experiment with this!  It’s very unusual and fun for only $12.99.

Alamos, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009

Argentina has invaded the U.S. market with some fabulous wines over the past decade, and this malbec is a great alternative to a cabernet or merlot. It has rich and bold spices with notes of cherry and tobacco and would be great cozied up next to a steak. Find it at $11.99.

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