Taste a variety
What better excuse is there to drink lots of wine? A good way to select wines for your big day is to taste a variety of the best pairings for your menu. Wine-store tastings and wine bars are great sampling grounds. You could also opt for a more informal tasting, where you have a different type of wine every time you go out to eat. Remember to jot down your favorites.
One red and one white
Serving one red and one white wine for the reception is traditional. However, be careful about the type of vino you select. Bottles like Chardonnay and Merlot are often too powerful for the hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour and don’t fare well with lighter dishes. Instead, serve two wines that pair well with a variety of foods. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are both lighter in body and can be served year-round.
What about rose?
Rose wines like white zinfandel are often used for more laid back affairs. But if you really love rose, go for a more serious pink wine. Dry rose is crisp and fruity, without the sweetness of white zinfandel. It goes well with salads, tuna, salmon and poultry.
Don’t try one without the other
You may love a wine, but when paired with the wedding dish, it might not be as amazing as you thought. It’s best to make your wine selections at the same time you’re deciding on the menu. This way, one will never overpower the other. Your wine and food choices should bring out the best in each other.
Where to buy?
If you’re trying to stay under budget, consider visiting discount stores to hunt for the best deals. Places like Costco often have great deals on multiple types of wine. As a side note, buying wine in bulk, or by the case, can save you money. However, not all venues or caterers allow you to bring the wine, so check with everyone involved before deciding on anything.
What wines are you going to be popping open on your big day? Share your thoughts with us!