You have the menu planned and agreed, and you’re looking forward to it already. Have you given any thought to which wines will compliment your courses, or are you happy to just leave it to the hotel and caterers? You can easily find the perfect wedding wines just by asking the right people.
Get Expert Opinion On Wedding Wines
You don’t have to pick something from the standard list issued to you from your caterer, so how about asking your local wine club society for their opinion. Maybe you know someone who’s a member? They’ll be more than happy to give you their recommendations for wedding wines – any excuse for a tasting session! Talk to them and show them your menu. Their wide knowledge and appreciation of the beloved grape juice is definitely worth tapping into. Much better than just plonking for the norm (if you’ll pardon the pun).
For anyone who likes to do things their own way, here’s a list of excellent wines to suit a selection of starters, mains and desserts without breaking the bank.
1. Sauvignon Blanc (White) works well with Melon.
2. Riesling (White) is an excellent choice for Salmon or Chicken Liver Pate.
3. Alsace or German Riesling, Macon (White) or Sherry are all suitable for a soup.
Main Course Wines
1. Chianti or Claret (Red) are great with beef dishes.
2. Beaujolais (Red), Macon (White) or Cotes du Rhone (Red) will compliment pork dishes.
3. Riesling or Macon (White) is best for fish like sole.
1. Gewürztraminer (White) for plain old jelly and ice-cream.
2. Jurancon (White) for a lemon tart.
3. Maury (Red) for a chocolate truffle or tart.
Riesling and the two white dessert wines are quite sweet, and Maury is about the only wine that really goes with chocolate.
Macon is a white Burgundy and very tasty. You could also try Vouvray as an alternative but it’s a bit sweeter.
All the wines listed are from the Old World. Ultimately it comes down to what you like, but New World wines are not really designed to accompany food.
If you want to save a bit on the food and drinks bill you could always pop along to your local wine shop and order them yourself. You’ll pay less overall, even with the caterers corkage charge.