Whether you’re planning a party for 50 or 300, the questions are still the same: Which wines to buy? How much of each? What does it cost? Can we personalize the experience somehow?
Choosing a wine that pairs well with your menu and keep guests happy shouldn’t be a daunting task. Couples naturally want their wedding to be perfect and with wine playing an increasingly large role, many of today’s brides and grooms seek more sophistication in the beverages they serve at their reception.
There are some general guidelines that you might find helpful:
How much wine do we really need to buy? Every wedding has a budget. Determine how much wine you’ll need and then you can figure out how much to spend per bottle. You’ll be surprised if you will compare the wine budget with a typical wedding flower budget. What’s more important: good wine or pretty flowers? This is entirely up to you.
Champagne/Sparkling. Nowdays sparkling wine is not used exclusively for toasting or for the welcome drink.
Summer and Outdoor weddings. Outdoor weddings on hot days will have people drinking more white wine and, of course, sparkling wines. You might also think about serving rosé, especially if you’re serving fish or seafood.
Fall, Winter and Spring weddings. People tend to drink more red wine at indoor weddings in the fall, spring and winter. Consider a mix of about 50% of red wine for this type of wedding.
Summer Weddings and Rosé wines. Dry Rosé is one of the fastest growing categories of wine purchases around the world. It’s a great choice if your main entrée or your reception buffet is predominantly seafood. Additionally, rosé wines match with a wide variety of cuisines including Mexican, Sushi and Thai.
Will it be during the day? People tend to drink more white wine in these situations.
Wine Glasses. It is helpful to have appropriate wine glasses for red wine, white wine, and sparkling wine. Red wine glasses are generally round and wide. White wine glasses are typically narrow and tapered at the top. Sparkling wine glasses, otherwise known as flutes, are slim in order to aim the bubbles at the tip of the person’s tongue as the wine is sipped.
Know your audience. Who’s attending (non-drinkers, young people, older relatives).
Taste test. Buy several wines in your price range, put them in bags and decide with friends in a blind tasting which ones you like best. Then vote for your favorite!
More is better. It’s better to have wine left over than not have enough. If you figure a half-bottle per person, which is about three glasses, you should be fine. Not that people will drink that much wine, but you can’t be sure which wine they’ll drink, so you need to have plenty of all three. See if you can find a merchant who will accept returns of unopened bottles.
A successful marriage entails falling in love many times but always with the same person. Becoming a successful wine lover entails tasting many wines but never falling in love with only one.