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Choosing Wine for a Wedding: A Hardship Worth Enduring

Jun 9, 2017 | Wine, Wine Tasting

Choosing wine for a wedding is tough. You have to get something that:

  • Is in budget
  • Tastes great for the price
  • Won’t freak out the less adventurous drinkers
  • Is not a grape that is divisive (Or people have preconceptions about)
  • Has label appeal, ideally something not widely known
  • Does not clash with the food on offer
  • Is interesting enough for wine lovers

Other items you’ll have to consider

  • If you are catering for the whole day, you have to estimate how much you’ll actually need.
  • You need to get at least a white, red and of course some bubbles which will probably be Champagne for toasts.
  • Optional items could be fizz throughout the day and/or aperitifs.
  • You may like to offer a rose, especially for a summer wedding.
  • Is there a bar you can stock, wine on tables or does the venue provide the drinks?
  • Where do you get it? Road trip? Wine Store? Direct from Vineyard?

Luckily for me, we are providing the drinks via a bar, which means that in the process of ticking these boxes and answering the questions I got to consume a godly number of wines. Woo!

A sore head and a tighter waistcoat is a hardship I am willing to accept to find the right libations for my honoured guests.

Here’s a sneak preview of the aftermath of a tasting at Majestic Wines, who put on a fantastic show for our tasting team.

This weekend we’ll taste a few more of the ones we took home to ‘appreciate’ with clean heads and a clean palette.

Have you had to choose wine for a wedding? Tell me about it in the comments – I need all the hope I can get!

See also  The Best Wine for a Wedding Reception? Choosing Wedding Wine Part 2

Update: In Part 2 you can see the final choices which were made. I’m still making my way through the leftovers *hic*.

Keith Greywood

Keith Greywood


I'm the Founder of Bacchanalian, a food and drink blog. I write about food and drink, with a keen focus on beer.
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