Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tips for picking your wedding day wines

I always recommend that if the caterer or venue allows you to stock the bar for your wedding or event, you should. Not just for the cost savings, but for the ability to have control over the quality of wines you serve. Unfortunately, however, the primary reason most people stock their own bar is to save money, so they buy the cheapest wines they can find at their local supermarket or supplier, which is usually Uncle Red (please do not serve anyone Uncle Red; even the non-wine drinkers would know you went cheap on the wine), and sometimes ruin a great meal.

Last night, I stumbled upon an article written by John Wilson, the wine correspondent for The Irish Times. It offers some great tips on choosing wines for your wedding. Below, I’ve listed a few worth remembering:

  • White wine – Select one that has little or no oak-ageing and not too much alcohol. Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with a wide variety of dishes.
  • Red wine – Choose something light such as a Valpolicella or Beaujolais both are great on their own and with a wide variety of foods.
  • Champagne toast – Since Champagne or sparkling wine is usually served with wedding cake, choose sweeter Champagne like a demi-sec or a sweeter Prosecco or a light sparkling Moscato.

Mr. Wilson also recommends doing a blind tasting before purchasing your wines (to avoid an Uncle Red fiasco), and choosing a decent wine over fine wine. “Most people, he says, “will be so wrapped up in the occasion they will appreciate a decent wine, but possibly not the subtleties of a fine wine.”

Read the full article here.

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