Selecting wedding wines for your chic wedding can be a daunting task if you are not a wine connoisseur. But don’t worry! My friends over at Firstleaf Wine Club have shared some of their expert tips on choosing the perfect wedding wine. Isn’t that awesome?
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Ok! If you are like me, you love wine, but you are not a connoisseur of wine. So what is a bride supposed to do when deciding on wedding wines? According to the folks over at Firstleaf, a wine club that specialized in wines is to first know what makes a good wedding wine.
No! It’s not about the color, region, or brand. What makes an excellent wedding wine really comes down to pairing and price. A superb wedding wine will go well with your meal and or hors D’oeuvre at cocktail hour. Furthermore, it should be within your wedding budget.
There are some popular wedding wines that we will get into a little bit. But for now, just know that a good wedding wine will go well with the food at your wedding, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
When it comes to picking a wine for dinner at home or at a restaurant, it may be an easy task! Who cares, right? I mean, you either like it, love it, or hate it. Either way, the risk is minimal because it only pertains to you and your family and perhaps a few close friends. You can unabashedly decide to never buy that brand again, or you may want to buy a case or two.
Picking the perfect wedding wine is a little more involved than picking a wine for dinner at home. For big weddings, wine novices and experts may not be savvy with serving wines to hundreds of guests.
Everything from how many bottles, parings, and temperature should be considered before choosing your perfect wedding wines. Follow these tips for choosing your wedding wines:
I have photographed many weddings where the wedding wine was chosen because it means something to the bride and groom. For example, they may have gotten engaged at the vineyard that produced that particular wine they both enjoyed. Or they may have some other connection to the brand that means a lot to their love story. In either case, choosing a wedding wine that you both enjoyed and that has a meaning to your love story is a great way to choose your wedding wine.
In general, if your wedding is in the fall or the winter months, you would consider a bold red like syrah or tempranillo for warming up your guest.
The spring and summer months are synonymous with white wines.
Here in South Florida, where it gets sweltering hot during the summer months and is relatively warm the rest of the year, consider a wedding wine that can be chilled. Still, it really comes down to preferences.
I love a good red wine regardless of the season or the pairing. I know for sure that I don’t like my red wine chill. If I have to have a chill wine, it has to be a white wine. I lived in California for many years. I have never had a glass of chilled red wine until I moved to Miami, Florida.
The bottom line is, think less seasonally! Most of your guests will want to drink what they like whenever they want. It doesn’t matter the season as long as it goes well with your menu.
According to the experts from Fistleaf, if your food is part of your wedding theme, your wedding wine should also be part of your theme. If you are planning a beach wedding theme, with lots of fresh fruit and succulent seafood on the menu, consider serving wines with a tropical flare such as chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.
A glass of wine on its own can be a delight. The flavors, aroma, and textures in an excellent glass of wine can enhance an evening or afternoon drink before a meal. However, when a good bottle of wine is paired with the right food, it can open up your palate to interact with taste and textures in a whole new way.
Because our palates are unique to us, wedding wine paring can be very difficult. Nevertheless, a great wine appropriately paired can introduce you to an entirely new side of your favorite food. The best way to learn is by trial and error. However, check out these recommended wedding wine pairings:
The amount of wedding wine you will need to buy for your wedding really depends on a few things:
To put it all together, the standard bottle of wine has 25 fluid ounces, which works out to 5 standard servings at 5 ounces and approximately 8 wedding servings at 3 ounces. You can expect to serve 2 drinks to each guest for the first hour and then one drink for every hour after that.
So if you have 50 guests in attendance, for a 4-hour reception, you will serve 100 drinks in the first hour and 50 drinks per hour for the remaining 3 hours. The total amount of estimated drinks for the four hours and 50 guests will be 250 drinks.
Since we know that each bottle of wine has 8 drinks, we have to divide the estimated number of drinks served by the 8 drinks – 250/8 = 31.25. You will need 31.25 or 32 bottles of wedding wine. Easy-peasy, yes? Don’t worry. Your bartender will be happy to help you with this!
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. It should be celebrated in a style that reflects you and your love personality. There is really no right and wrong wedding wines. What is most important is that you enjoyed it.
I really don’t like white wine, and it doesn’t matter what food I’m eating. I will choose a red over a white for a fish dinner in a minute. So make your wedding wine uniquely you! If you would like to try some popular wedding wine, check out these wines:
Reds – pino noir, rose and cabernet sauvignon.
Whites – chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio.
Popular sparkles – champagne, sparkling rose, and prosecco.
There you have it! What more could you possibly want to know about wedding wine? Ha-ha! I hope you have learned a lot from this post. Thanks to Firstlight for sharing their beautiful graphics.
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