It’s your Wedding! Some hints on buying…
Couples naturally want their Wedding Day to be perfect, from the dress, to the Venue, the Music & Food. Whether you’re planning a large family & friends wedding for 200 or a more intimate gathering of 20, the questions are still the same: Which wines to buy, where to buy them and how much do I buy!
Professional wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine (if only so you don’t disappoint half your guests).
Whether the hoisting of glasses takes place post-ceremony, mid-meal, or pre–cake cutting, true Champagne, from the Champagne region of France, is the traditional wedding wine to serve (though other sparklers work just as nicely). The current trend is to opt for Prosecco. It’s the equivalent of Champagne but made from different grapes and in a slightly different way. Its sparkle is refreshingly effervescent, ideal for most hors d’oeuvres, and far less expensive than true Champagne, but if the budget can stretch go for it.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wedding wine, best for hearty meats. Silky Pinot Noir is slightly more flexible with food than Cab is and Merlot is following close behind with its easy drinking smooth style.
Sauvignon Blanc is a super-versatile white weddding wine that goes splendidly with seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and salads. Another safe bet is the popular Pinot Grigio (also called Pinot Gris in), both are juicy and flavorful. Chardonnay continues to be the top-selling white wedding wine.
How much wedding wine to purchase?
here are some general rules of thumb provided by wedding planners, caterers, and even some wedding couples themselves.
It’s better to have too much wine than not
The standard 750-ml wine bottle holds 25 fluid ounces; count on five servings of wine, at five fl each, from one bottle. For sparkling wines served in flutes, allow for four fl per serving (plus foam), which equals six servings per bottle.
Most caterers count on each guest consuming one-half bottle of wine — roughly two glasses — every two hours. If the party lasts four hours, count on one 75cl- bottle per person. These calculations allow for the fact that some folks will drink more, some less and some not at all.