Picking Wedding Wine

Whether you’re the bride or groom, the parents of either, the best man or the maid of honor – chances are, if you’re attending a wedding there will be wine. In fact, what weddings has there been that’s not had wine involved in some way? Wine plays a major role in everybody’s special day, from the wine sipped by happy guests, to the toast the best man gives, to the favors guests leave with after the dancing and dining had concluded.

But how does one decide exactly what type of wine belongs at the wedding?

Here are a few tips for picking the best wine for the big day.

  • First off, you should note that certain wines are best paired with specific foods, and vis versa. Wines are designed to complement the flavors and styles of the dishes being served. With that having been said, make sure you know what food will be at the wedding and choose accordingly.  Some quick tips: White wines are often used for starting off an evening on the right foot, and are also wonderful for toasts and special occasions. Champagne is a regular fixture at weddings and is indispensable at such occasions. Red wines are great for main courses and are typically served during the latter part of any occasion. Their full bodied nature makes them a great complement to hearty meals. Pinot Noir is not as heralded as Merlot or Cabernet, so many people may not recognize its unique blend, but it goes well with creamy sauces. Shiraz is a fiery complement to spicy dishes, and its taste can enhance the flavor in barbecues and roasts. Chianti is the best wine to accompany tomato dishes and poultry.
  • Toasting to the future with a flute of Champagne or sparkling wine and cake, you can pre-order classy, customized flutes for the occasion. The toast its self will be further enhanced by a fantastic wine. Depending on who’s giving the big toast, you may want to get their input on what wine they think should be appropriate.
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