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Wine Brands for Wedding (on a budget, of course)! :)

Posted by jbabie, Feb 26, 2009.

Hey! I am in need of some major help! I have a wedding coming up in June north of San Antonio, and I need to get some advice on great tasting, but extremely reasonably priced whites and reds. We already got some great advice on champagne for really cheap, but not the wines. We'll also have a light beer, dark beer, and margaritas and we'll be serving a chicken dish (pollo enrollado) for dinner. What are some reliable wine brands? We're having around 300 guests, so I need to keep the price low, but I don't want our guests to be dissapointed! Costco? Sams? Specs? Online? Thanks for the help!


Reply by alavaughn, Feb 27, 2009.

There are lots of ways you could long as your guests aren't the kind that "only like" certain varietals. There are some great Spanish whites out there for very reasonable prices, Vinho Verde, from Portugal, is inexpensive, and nice and light. I recently went to a wedding that served a nice little Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. Also look for Malbecs, and Bonardas from South America. Also South Africa has some great wines for just a few dollars a bottle. Sauv. Bl., Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, all good bets for a passable, drinkable varietal. I recently was prodded to try a widely available Cotes du Ventoux produced under the label La Vielle Ferme, and it's a great wine to have around and your wallet barely notices that it's there at the sweet price of $7.99 a bottle. But all of this is a little hard to judge not knowing you, your guests, or budgets.... You should do a little research on line, and then take yourself down to your local wine store. Tell them your situation, your tastes, and your budget, and they may even set up a little tasting for you. Also, when you buy wine by the case there is often a bit of a discount, so that's always nice! Good luck!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 27, 2009.

Specs can get you some good value wines. You gonna drive up to Austin to pick it up?

I'd keep it simple but without knowing your menu can only make some general recommendations.

For a white look for a Chardonnay from Chile which generally delivers a familiar new world experience at a very attractive price, ditto for the Sauvignon Blancs but there I might turn to South Africe.

For a red I would opt for something light and fresh that can be served with a bit of a chill on a warm June evening: Joven Tempranillo from Spain would be perfect or a lighter Garnacha. Sobon estate's entry level Zinfandel is another great wine of this type.

These types of wine generally are available in the New York market in the $6-$10/btl price range and you can factor in a 10% case discount on top of that.

I hope that gives you a starting point at least.

Good luck and let us know how your search goes.

Reply by MarioRobles, Mar 1, 2009.

Looking at the recommendations... Santa Rita and Montes from Chile make some great wines at the low price range... the 120 range from Santa Rita is great value... I'd recommend Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon... you won't regret it... !

Good luck!

Reply by lookusa, Jan 29, 2010.

I do private tastings and will give you some definate suggestions for inexpensive good tasting wines...... Here goes.... Reds.....Pinot Noir--Red Tree or Cellar #8, Red Tree is the best and both are around $8, Mommy's Time Out,(Italy), Casa de Santar Dao (Portugal), Bogle Merlot and Zinfandel, Peirano Estate Cabernet, Santa Carolina Carmenere (Chile), Diseno Malbec (Argentina), Santa Rita is ok but I would stay away from the Montes low end reds, Veramonte Merlot (Chile) (excellent), Number one Tempranillo (That's the name) $7,(Spain),

Whites: Terra Antiga Vinho Verde, $8 (Portugal), Edna Valley Chardonnay, Casa Sauvignon Blanc (Chile), Four Vines Chardonnay, Cockatoo Ridge Riesling (Australia), McManus Viognier,
You can't go wrong with any of these......all are $10 or less except a couple which might be $11 or $12........Let me know if you need more suggestions.

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