March 30th, 2016 • Uncategorized
Wine is the quintessential wedding alcohol thanks to champagne toasts and the natural paring of wine with dinner. If you are planning to have wine at your wedding it’s important to consider the season, time of day and type of wedding you are having. Lighter wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir are great for cocktail hour when it may be a bit hotter and then moving into dinner guests might enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah with richer meats. If you know that your guests will primarily drink wine, be sure to tailor your shopping list to account for that. It is a good idea to keep your wine list separate from your champagne list as people tend to drink more wine throughout the night and commonly only drink sparkling wine during toasts. When it comes to providing alcohol at your wedding, we always suggest to err on the side of overbuying – it’s better to have too much than not enough and most places will refund you on closed cases….
Many brides and grooms choose to offer at least four kinds of wine on their wedding menus: 2 red and 2 white. For red wine it is best to have one light red such as Rose or Pinot Noir and one a bit heavier to go with some richer dishes Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. There are lots of unique whites out there but we most frequently see chardonnays still as well as Sauvignon Blancs, Chenin Blancs or a crisp blend with Viognier. Visit some wineries or just try a bottle and see if you like it. Think about what you would like to drink if you were attending someone else’s wedding and you’ll be able to make an educated decision on what types of wine to serve. Dave can give you a breakdown of how much you will need and can also make pairing recommendations or discuss the menu with the distributor if need be.