Thursday, April 7, 2011

When to choose wine for your wedding?

Well, no one ever tells you that you need to think about wine for your wedding.  There is never any mention of it.  Only when to choose a caterer.  I think this detail should be exposed!  When planning a wedding, believe it or not, you should be interviewing caterers 9 to 12 months from the wedding date.  And, at 6 months before the wedding, you should booked your caterer.  Food is always mentioned in the planning but why not wine when there are so many wine lovers out there?  Today's wedding guests will want to have a glass of nice wine that goes with the nice food that you so meticulously choose for your special guests.

Think about flow of the day, when your guests arrive at the reception location.  They are thirsty and want to have a refreshing glass of wine.  Think about having some other white varietals such as Albarino or Torrentes.  These are light and refreshing wines.  Sauvignon Blanc is also a  great choice and a wine that your guest will recognize.  Chardonnay that is crisp with fruit on the palate is also nice.  Leave the creamy, buttery, oaked Chardonnays for the dinner with entrees of fish or chicken.

Pinot Noir is excellent with salmon, chicken or lamb.  It's one of my favorite varietals.  The color of Pinot is beautiful, festive and goes well with a variety of food choices.  Merlot and Cabernet are excellent with fillet or roasted pork with a raisin chutney sauce.
So on my agenda, once the food menu is chosen, pair the wines with the flow of the day and the menus.  Have a wine consultant assist you in the wine pairing and order the wines to be delivered directly to venue.  Now that detail is finished and you don't have to worry any longer about wines, food, etc.  Isn't that a weight off your shoulders?  Great food, great wine - check.

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