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Snooth User: geefunk1976

help with my wedding wine

Posted by geefunk1976, May 14, 2011.

Hello wonder if anyone would like to help me choose my wedding wine,  I love red wine but find whites a bit hard going.I have chosen to have two Red and white and have chosen a Rioja that is my favourite as one, I tend to like Sauvignon blanc, Chablis, Reisling and Verdichio but as I won't be drinking all the wines there that day...hopefully! Want to offer a good choice, We are having Italian foods and I have approx 5 per bottle to spend and many guest that are coming are really into there food and

Thank you


Reply by GregT, May 14, 2011.

Whites are going to be much easier at that price.

Columbia Crest for example, has entirely serviceable white wines - a Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling. None will offend and they're suitable for crowds. Rosemount from Australia also does decent whites at that price, and you can find some from Chile that should be good too. Sauvignon Blanc isn't everyone's preference, so if you get that, get some Chardonnay as well, and maybe Riesling with a little residual sugar because some people much prefer that.

Reds are hard. I can't really think of any that I'd really be comfortable serving at that price unless you can get something like Réserve des Vignerons Saumur, which may be the single best value in the entire wine world. But some people will hate it because it's Cab Franc. There are a few Cotes du Rhones that may work - Chappelle St Arnoux, Cotes du Ventoux would be my first choice. My fallback would be Beaujolais.

If you go for Malbec or Shiraz or whatever, you'll be hard to get something under $12 and whatever you get is going to be made with oak chips and will probably be fairly sweet and not all that great.

And you may want to find a Rosé - some can be quite inexpensive.

Reply by grandmare, May 17, 2011.

If you are serving white at your wedding, my suggestion would be either a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio. I would not serve Sauv Blanc at all. As far as Chablis, you cannot get a good chablish without paying alot of money and Rieslings are not a good choice either. Good luck

Reply by dxg241, May 17, 2011.

Well - why not tailor the wines to you and your needs?  What time of year are you getting married?  Do you have a theme for your wedding?  Why not match the wine to that theme?  Often times you can match a wine to the theme of the wedding (think SeaGlass wines with beach-themed weddings) at a reasonable price.

You said a lot of people that are coming are really into food and wine - so remember, part of this will be display.  Can you serve the whites with a white wine glass and the reds with a red wine glass?

I had a friend from Napa Valley who was on a limited wine budget for over 200 people.  Although he owned his own high-end wine label (which he served with the main meal), he actually went to Trader Joe's to pick out 5 "community" drink-as-you-please wines.  Each bottle was under $6.  To choose them, he bought a mixed cased and picked out his top 5 after tasting with his winemaker.  Honestly, this saved him a lot of money and it made his high-end wine the feature of the wedding.

If it was me, I'd look at Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris (white) and Sangiovese/Chianti (red) for your wedding.  You're serving a lot of Italian foods - so I'd match them with Italian wines.  They are obviously produced and drank in Italy for a reason.  Plus, they are both in that light to medium body range which allows them to go with anything, and are genuinely appreciated by wine drinkers and non-wine drinkers.  They are your "every day" wines.  Get a nice sparkling to toast your marriage (you can find lots of bubbly for under $6 a bottle that are decent to drink), and then have your Italian varieties ready.  Again - I'd go to Trader Joe's and look at their Italian, Pinot Grigio, and Chianti sections.  They might also give you a bulk deal.

If you want to talk more, let me know!  I'll forward you my email.  :)

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 17, 2011.

For this kind of price, the Italian Epicurio wines at TJs are one of the few options, and they are Italian and enjoyable as a rule.  There's another Nero d'Avola also at a low price.  It's good but some might find it a bit harsh.  I also liked the squat bottles of Cotes du Rhone (Cave des Papes, it says on the label, it's Ogier, a negociant) that are $5.  The 2007 was terrific (putting my disappointment about that "vintage of a lifetime" to the test), but I can't vouch for the current batch. 

I've managed to find good bottles in that range, but at my catch-as-catch-can discounter, so the results are not reproducible at the scale you would need, and they may not have an Outlet where you are.  We did recently use them supplement for a reception with my wife's funders in that price range--successfully mixing $5 bottles with much more expensive stock we had from a previous event.  For a wedding, I would buy a bunch of things now--one bottle of each--immediately try them out, then make the commitment to the larger purchase.  Heck, that could be half the fun, even at those prices.

My local wine shop carries a Douro whose name I think begins with Ch... and if yours has it, and you buy enough, the discount will get it within your range.  A solid red in the current vintage, I am told.  We used it for a reception 2-3 vintages ago and it was so good we kept the leftovers for ourselves, even though the shop would have taken back any unopened bottles.

Good luck.  Have that tasting and let us know how it comes out.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, May 17, 2011.

Most of what's out there for under $5 is crap, but there are some Portuguese Vinho Verde that will fit your budget. They're light, spritzy and fun.

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 18, 2011.

Vinho Verde, of course!  Can't believe I forgot that.  Have to drink it quick, though, because it's not highly effervescent and not that good when it's flat, IMO. But a good choice for a white at a wedding.

The Douro is called Charumba, I just figured out.  About 5 or 6 bucks.

If you can go even a couple bucks higher, there are Rhones, Cotes  du Ventoux even, that are better bets.  "Classic" in the sense they are a little simple but easy drinking. Also, the Ferme Julien or Vielle Ferme or whatever it is at TJs, a rose from CdVentoux, is quite good for the money... heck, it's quite good, IMO.

Reply by dmcker, May 18, 2011.

Vielle Ferme is generally a good call at that price range. I drank cases of both the white and red back when I stopped being a student and had to start working for a living....

Reply by natascialorenzi, May 19, 2011.

Italian food pairs well with Italian wines!

Sauvingon Blanc from Sudtirol - Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi - Soave and some beautiful Metodo Classico Franciacorta or Trento doc...

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 19, 2011.

I think TJ is selling Vielle Ferme under Ferme Julien, because they are otherwise apparently identical.  So much so that I can't always keep them straight.  Need to do a side by side tasting or get someone in their wine department to verify it, but they are otherwise so similar in packaging and everything else that the importers of Vielle Ferme would be suing TJs, I would think.  In any case, a good bargain. 

My colleague just came back from Spain where she was drinking 3 euro whites--maybe a destination wedding is in order? ;-) We've seen posts from people getting on the boat in Calais with super inexpensive wine, thanks to French subsidies.  Those $5 Nero d'Avolos have got to be even cheaper in Italy. Who knows how cheap you can get a good barbera or dolcetto?

Reply by alex lee, May 24, 2011.

I  don't know how to suggestion, I am in China, but good luck

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