Newbie here, caterer has suggested Walnut Crest Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet for my daughter's wedding reception. Would appreciate any feedback...not much of a wine connoisseur myself, though do not enjoy oaky chardonnays. Is anyone familiar with these wines? Thanks for any advice you can give...entrée is likely to be chicken with herb sauce...they are on a limited budget!
Feedback on Walnut Crest Vintners Reserve?
- Reply by EMark, Feb 13, 2014.
It looks OK to me, MB.
After a quick internet search I've learned that Walnut Crest is one of many Banfi labels. Banfi WInes is a MAJOR Italian company that has worldwide holdings. Walnut Crest wines come from Chile, and they would certainly work with a limited budget. I wouldn't worry too much about any oaky Chardonnays. As the father of the bride, I would think that you would be more concerned about not stepping on her foot during your big dance. ;-)
I don't know if I'm an anomaly, but when I am invited to somebody's home or celebration, I do not attend with the intention of critiquing the wine. In the last few months I have joined in the celebration of two weddings. I went to these fetes so that I could share the event with the bride and groom and their families. Both were wonderfully joyful. I was proud to be invited, and I enjoyed myself immensely.
You absolutely must offer your guests a choice between red and white wines, but I do have to question why you are considering two red wines. It seems to me that if somebody walks up to the bar during the reception and asks for a red wine, they would be happy with whatever was handed to them. If you offer only Merlot (or Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir), then it seems to me it would be a tad easier to estimate how much you would need to buy. Unless, of course, the caterer is providing the wine and will not charge you for bottles that are not opened. If that is the case, then offering multiple reds sounds fine to me. In fact, if that is the case, then why don't you also offer a Rose? I'm serious, here. Rose wine is very festive and would go well with the entree.
Please extend my best wishes and congratulations to your daughter and her groom.
- Reply by MBBAZ, Feb 13, 2014.
Thank you for your very thoughtful answer...and reminding us to keep our priorities straight! Actually, we would need to choose between the two reds...no cost difference between them, so just a matter of speculating about which might be more popular. But back to your point: if guests come to a wedding to critique the food and wine, we may have invited the wrong people! Thanks, again.