The wedding fair season is in full swing. So much time is spent on organizing every other part of the day, sometimes selecting wine for the wedding banquet is overlooked.
- How much wine do you need?
The rule of the thumb is 1 bottle per 2 guests, that is 2.5 glasses per person
- Should we select red or white wine?
The type of wine will depend on the food that have selected. Consider wines that are popular, rather than your own tastes.
Popular white wines:
Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio – these wines will match with fish or chicken dishes.
Popular red wines: Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon – best with meat dishes
The time of the year at which you are having your wedding reception may assist you to decide on a preference for red or white wine. During Winter you may select more red wine that white wine, the opposite in Summer (white wine over red wine).
- How much sparkling wine will we need the welcome reception?
Normally there are 6 glasses from each bottle. Regarding welcome drinks prosecco, cava or new world sparkling are perfect.
- Corkage and controlling how many bottles opened
Always negotiate the corkage charge with the hotel, it is not set in stone. It is a good idea to ask somebody not directly involved with wedding party to oversee and to keep track of the number of bottles opened by the waiting staff. Some hotels can be liberal with the number of bottles opened during the banquet and of course, you are the one paying!
If you get the wine as part of the wedding package insist on a tasting as a part of the meal tasting that hotel provides.
I would recommend that you consider buying your wine from independent wine shops, they give great advice and usually give “sale or return” on un-used stock.
Just a note – beware of buying abroad or in other constituencies. I have dealt with couples that hadn’t ordered enough wine and then struggled to source the same/similar wines at home.
One of the services I provide is advice on the selection of wedding wines. Please contact me if you would like some other information.