Wine Talk

Snooth User: Crimbo2013

Wine for wedding

Posted by Crimbo2013, Aug 25, 2013.

Hi I'm new to this. I am hopeless when it comes to wine but I'm getting married at Christmas and I've been recommended San Valentino Pinot Grigio wine to go with salmon main course.i was also recommended il padrino grillo wine. We are trying to stick to a budget but I don't want to sacrifice good quality wine for this. Has anyone advice? Thanks


Reply by zufrieden, Aug 25, 2013.

I would have hoped that you had received a little more support for such a turning point in your life.  May I offer, at the very least, my congratulations on your upcoming marriage and my best wishes for your future.

My recommendation is very basic; make sure you have the effervescent fun factor of champagne style wine in as much abundance as you can afford (or your parents), and then offer a decent still white (your Pinot Gris ( or Grigio, if you prefer)).  For salmon - a personal favourite of mine here in the Pacific Northwest, you can just continue on with your Champagne (or California, or Washington variant), or try a flinty Chardonnay from Chablis.  I have not scouted out your origins, but if you are from the east, try some of the New York offerings - and do not disdain Pinot Noir from the USA or upstate NY.

In short, look for well-regarded Pinot Noir or some of the white varieties your friends have already suggested.

Anyway, my most sincere best wishes for you future.  Cheers!

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 25, 2013.

Not familiar with those wines, so I can't recommend them myself. What price range are you thinking?

There are all kinds of wines that could work here but I'm tempted to say basic level Burgundy, something like a 2010 Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne.

Reply by EMark, Aug 26, 2013.

Crimbo, I am going to, pretty much, mimic the opinions of the previous respondents.  

I think that the recommendations that you have received are fine.  However, you can never go wrong with a sparkling wine when celebrating.  Also, as has also been mentioned, some people enjoy a red wine with salmon.  So, I might suggest that you go back to the person that gave you the above recommendations and ask about the possibility of adding a red wine that is within your budget--a Pinot Noir/Burgundy would fit the bill..

Reply by JenniferT, Aug 26, 2013.

Hi! Wow - congratulations! It sounds like you have much to celebrate!!

I wouldn't stress too much about the wine. Especially if most of your guests aren't frequent wine drinkers.

Just my opinion...but I think that some of the most accessible wines are some of the most inexpensive. These are the wines that are made to be drunk now, tend to be easier to pair, and are often a little more simple tasting - and therefore tend to please the most people. This should be good news for your budget. And why would you bother to spend more for a wine that many guests may not appreciate any more than a far more inexpensive wine? More expensive doesn't necessarily equate to a better pairing. Whatsoever. At all.

Second - remember that the celebration is all about you and your sweetie. So I'd say the best pairings are the ones that you guys like - end of story!  

Why don't you do some experimentation to find some wine you like that meets or hits below your budget? Go to your local store and try to find bottles of the wines you are thinking about. A lot of stores are happy to pour some of their more popular and inexpensive wines as well.  Open them at home and have a nice dinner...try a couple of your finalists with a piece of salmon that has the same major flavours. Ask yourself if you think the wine is better with the salmon (and vice versa)....or if you'd rather drink the wine and eat the fish separately. That will probably be better information than anyone else's opinion.

It is true that the dominant flavors of your dish and type of preparation of the salmon is important in terms of finding a good wine match. I'd bet that there are a few snoothers out there that could give you some ideas if you could provide more details about the dish.

Going to a wine bar or restaurant that does small pours (2-3 oz) of an array of inexpensive wines might also be a good idea to get a feel for what you like the most. Bonus points if they have a salmon dish, or something with similar flavors.

I also think sparkling wine and/or offering a red would be a good idea. 

Finally - CONGRATULATIONS again! Enjoy the moment - and the wine.   :)

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 28, 2013.

I had issues posting the first time but I agree with Jen on the anti-stress and with the guys regarding bubbles. It's just that wine naturally comes after bubbles. Was going to say German Riesling for white, 2012's have just arrived and Donnhoff is great!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 28, 2013.

There have been quite a few threads on here about wines for weddings.  GdP has also written some articles.  I'd give those a look, as they can help frame the whole issue. 

Working within a budget can actually be fun.  One thing to remember is that people should be focusing on the couple, so wine, while it shouldn't detract, shouldn't become the focus.  Remember, lots of your guests only drink wine at weddings, or drink stuff that's not that great to begin with.  The wine shouldn't be one that challenges people in an effort to appeal to connoisseurs--which is why many folks in this situation opt for and recommend Pinot Grigio, but it can actually be pretty bland.  (Confession: We had Pinot Gris at our wedding, and we had it with salmon.  And people were quite happy.  It wasn't bland--in fact, I had the current edition of it the other day at the winery, and it's pretty good still.)

It can also be fun, if you have the time, to make this an adventure.  If you have a low-key wineshop (my local, WineMine, is the epitome of this), visit them just like you probably did the baker of the cake or the caterer.  Or have a friend who is into wine help you.  Get a bunch of bottles in the price range you have in mind, and have friends taste them, or get the wine shop to open a bunch for you and your fiance(e).  We did this for my nephew's wedding recently. We settled on an $8 Tempranillo from La Mancha (El Cortujillo) for its freshness and liveliness to pair with paella, two whites (a Rueda that cost about $11 and a creditable Chardonnay from Dunnigan Hills AVA in California for about $12 for those who insist on Chardonnay. We also had a Cava called Dibon that blows Segura Viudas and Cristalino away.

Good reason to work with your local wine shop is that they will take back unopened bottles for a refund or credit--after all, you just bought many cases of wine from them, and they now have a couple of new customers.  Just make sure you discuss that with them at the outset--although a good shop will help you know how much to buy to have enough but not too much.

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