Last month, I discussed how to choose a wine for a wedding, based on my own experiences.
A tasting certainly helped solidify thoughts on what we didn’t want, as well as what we did.
Thankfully, after a few more tastings last week we have consensus. Having now hopefully finalised the choices, I’ll present the chosen few below, with a short description of each.
Red Wine: Passimento 2015 Pasqua
Good advice we received regarding wine choices is to sometimes look for the unusual and lesser known grapes and regions.
As well as good prices, you can surprise wine buffs and avoid any preconceptions some may have about common wine brands, grapes or regions.
As well as not widely known, the Passimento 2015 Pasqua is a great choice for a wedding. The label depicts the Romeo & Juliet wall in Verona, which has over 3000 love declarations scrawled across it.
There are love hearts on the bottle and everything, without being over the top or tacky like a ‘personalised’ wine label.
As for the wine itself. there’s enough depth here to satisfy, without being overly heavy and punchy. For a summer wedding, this medium bodied red should be ideal.
I’d say that it will be great with the hog roast, but even better with the roasted lamb which will also be served at the reception.
White Wine: Casal de Ventozela 2016 Vinho Verde
This interesting wine is a Vinho Verde from Portugal and this example is made from the Arinto grape. Wines from this region are becoming increasingly known for well-made whites at a good price.
With its refreshing spritz and apple character, this wine is interesting enough, but it should not offend either.
It should go amazingly well with pork and should have just enough acidity (and spritz) to cut through any fat.
Rosé Wine: Cuvée Fleur, France
Recommended from a friend, this Rosé is a lot more approachable than some of the ones we tasted previously.
Very easy drinking, with enough fruit for those who will drink this all day long without being overly sweet. It’s a lovely pale rose colour in the glass too.
This could match very well with canapes as an aperitif, with other food on the day and even possibly the deserts!
Not everyone appreciates Rosé, but this should please those that do – as well as surprising a few others.
The floral, summery label also matches our summer garden theme. Well the reception is in a garden, and it is summer, anyway,
This wine is a bargain, at just £5 a bottle.
Sparkling Wine: Abbazia Prosecco Extra Dry
A wedding needs sparkles and some will drink this all day long. A step up in fruitiness from bone-dry brut, this offers fruitiness. A pretty typical Prosecco which I am sure will be popular should the sun appear.
At the time of writing, this is currently on offer at Ocado for £6.99 a bottle.
Champagne: Paul Langier Brut N.V.
Tradition dictates that Champagne is needed for toasts, and this Paul Langier has considerable class, without breaking the bank.
A marked step up in quality from the prosecco, drier with a very refreshing acidity and creamy mousse. This is available from several places online, or Bookers if you have a trade account.
The total number of bottles needed of each type was worked out by using Majestic’s handy wine calculator, based on the number of guests who have RSVP’d.
Not all the wine we are buying can be returned, as only the Red and the White are being supplied by Majestic.
So, we’ll see if there’s any significant amount left after the wedding, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world, would it?