There can be little doubt about it, choosing the best wines for your wedding can make or break the catering aspect of your big day. If you are somewhat of a fine wine aficionado then this will not prove too difficult but for mere mortals, this can be one of the more stressful and perplexing wedding planning tasks.
The fact you will need at least one excellent red and one excellent white goes without saying, but which of these go best with the menu you have most probably taken the best part of a year to plan? These are key questions and ones that you, your significant other, and perhaps even your wedding planner have been working hard to answer.
It is for this reason that the team of fine wine specialists here at Octavian Vaults has put together our guide to the 6 best wine for weddings. Of course, the decision will finally rest with you and also be determined by things such as your cuisine, the weather and maybe even the geographical location of your wedding but we think these will stand you in excellent stead as you look to make this key decision.
Before you decide which wines you are going to select, you first need to consider the most important question and this just how much you are going to provide for your guests.
You may well be planning a sumptuous, opulent affair in which case the fizz and table wine may well flow for free all day but at the very minimum, you should provide a couple of glasses of something sparkling and around half a bottle of red or white for dinner.
This is the absolute least you should consider giving your wedding guest for free in order to ensure they can toast your big day and get the vino flowing during the most important part of the day.
So, now you have your quantities sorted now comes the all-important decision on what exactly you are going to serve to your guests. In true Octavian Vaults style, we have come up with our six favourites so you can get on with the more enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding.
Starting with the whites, this splendid Sauvignon Blanc from deep in the Loire is bound to satisfy all your guests due to its versatile mix of pear, lemon, and mown grass. Distinctive and bound to go down well when served at the ideal temperature on a hot British summer afternoon.
Yes, you read that right. We are indeed suggested a Chardonnay for your wedding, such as the progress this grape has been making over the last decade. There is citrus galore in this one much like the Touraine but this is far sweeter to the finish and better value for money.
If you know your guests like Chardonnay, then this should be strongly considered and has often been compared to the more expensive Albarino grape.
Our third and final white wine recommendation takes us away from the sweet approach and comes in the form of an Italian gem. Made from Verdicchio, this wine if crisper and more refreshing and really looks the part at any wedding due to the regal label and distinctive bottle design.
4. Bodegas y Vinedos Monfil Garnacha (2014, Spain) – Red
When looking for the perfect red wedding wine, it is often difficult to look beyond Spain and this Garnacha has been proving ever so popular in recent years. This will be the perfect accompaniment to any beef based canapes or main meals at your wedding and is sure to impress even the most discerning wine fanatics at your wedding,
As most Italian reds are, this wine would be the ideal foil for any “tomatoey” or red meat based dishes at your wedding but is also very popular due to its “quaffability”. The term ‘Zensa’ also comes from the Italian for without, due to the fact that no pesticides or chemicals can be found anywhere at the Puglia vineyard; making it a great topic of conversation at your wedding.
Last in our list of the best wedding wines for your big day is called Porta 6, from Portugal. From the indigenous regions of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Castelão, this red is seen to be another versatile number due to refreshing and vibrant aftertaste and smoother than normal tannins. Ideal then as a reliable table wine, or to be served at any time during your weather day.
This rounds up our guide to the best six wedding wines and all that remains is to choose a good bubbly. For this you really should be considering a top champagne such as a De Telmont or Cristal or a superior prosecco or Cava, although your guests are only likely to have a glass or two this could be the first beverage they consume and will set the tone for the rest of your day.
Ordering through reputable wine merchant goes without saying and of course choosing the right wine cellarage if purchasing well in advance. We can assist you with any aspect of your wine storage needs, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Octavian Vaults team to discuss!