I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white and a red from the short list below to serve at the party. I am a wine drinker, but unfortunately know very little about which wines I like and why.The wine will need to be as versatile as possible, as we are serving a choice of Salmon w/watermelon salsa, filet, scallops in a brown butter sauce, or gnocchi with roasted tomato & peas.
My reception is out of state, so I can't make a trip to taste wine, and I'm having such a hard time finding these wines in my area, so I'd really appreciate any thoughts you have, especially if you've tasted any of these wines before.
Pinot Gris-Pinot Grigio
2011 Italico Pinot Grigio - Italy – $38/bottle
2012 Filadonna Pinot Grigio - Veneto, Italy - $36/bottle
2011 Morgan Sauvignon Blanc - Monterey, CA – $30/bottle
2012 Charles Krug, Napa California – $35/bottle
2011 Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir - Languedoc, France - $32/bottle
2009 Cloudline Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon – $40/bottle
Which wine for my wedding?
- Reply by dmcker, Jun 2.
Personally I'd go with the Krug sauvignon blanc and the Cloudine pinot noir and skip the pinot gris entirely--perhaps something sparkling instead? If champagne's too pricy maybe Cava or better yet California sparkling?
- Reply by EMark, Jun 2.
I'm inclined to agree with DM's choices for the wines at your reception, although, I have never had any of them. However, I would not be surprised if most of your guests who are white wine drinkers preferred Pinot Grigio to Sauvignon Blanc. My guess is that either of the PGs on the above list is going to be lighter and more fruit forward than either of the SBs.
This is EMark's wedding party sermon. So, feel free to stop reading, now. I really don't think you should stress over this decision. Your guests are honored to attend and participate in this event with you. They are not there to critique the wine choices. Your number one priority is to have a good time and to share a joyous event with your family and friends. Your guests' number one priority is to have a good time and to share a joyous event with you.
I have attended two weddings in the last six months, or so. At both receptions, the groom ask me what I thought of the wines. (In my circle of friends, I'm considered a wine expert. On the Snooth Forum, I usually feel like a wine beginner.) Both times the answer to the question was, "Great, I enjoyed it a lot with the meal. Thank for inviting us here, tonight. We are having a wonderful time, and it was an honor to be invited."
- Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 2.
Emark is 100% correct. I'd also suggest that, if you have a large group, you consider things in lower price ranges, unless cost is no object. My nephew allowed me to provide the wines for his wedding last year--he otherwise requested no gifts, as he couldn't lug all his things to his new posting in the Middle East--and the guests and couple (who are pretty into wine) were very pleased by the wines we chose. Wine geeks will appreciate offbeat wines that are a value, and as long as you have recognizable sparkling wine for toasting (we chose Dibon Cava at around $12 a bottle, and got requests to supply it for other events by attendees), something recognizable in the white category (sauv blanc, pinot gris or chardonnay will do, and since chardonnay is the choice of the mainstream, I found a good, if not to my taste, example and then bought a Rueda for around $11 for the insiders), and some tasty, fruity red (I used a Spanish Crianza--because the best values are in Spain), you'll make the non-geek crowd happy. At our wedding, my wife and I went more upscale because our friends who work in the business wanted to provide it as a gift at their cost, so we had Roederer Estate sparkling, and J Winery provided the still (PN and PG).
If you are stuck on those, I agree with the calls by DMcker across the board, and, again, concur that I'd drop the pinot gris for a sparkling--another option being a sparkling Chenin from the Loire, very reasonably priced, like the Pinon.
Enjoy your day, and remember that the guests are there to celebrate the newlyweds, not critique the wine.
- Reply by gregt, Jun 3.
If people are going to get the salmon with watermelon salsa, my recommendation is that they don't drink any wine. Other than that, I don't know where you are but you're spending WAY too much money for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. I think you could do just as well for a lot less.
And I agree with the Cloudline. If those are the only choices you have for a red, the Languedoc isn't really the place for Pinot Noir and even if they have some appropriate places, and they do, your price is still way off. You can get delicious wines from the Languedoc for half that. They will just be blends of Garnacha and Syrah and other things.