Pretty new to The Wine Society, am really enjoying trying lots of new wines! Myself and my partner are getting married in June and are able to supply the wine for our wedding breakfast so were hoping to get it all from TWS.
Our budget is £12 per bottle for Reds and £10 per bottle for Whites. In terms of reds we have traditionally stuck to Southern France Reds or South American Malbecs and generally Pinot Grigio if its white. We are definitely happy to recieve any suggestions outside of the regions.
Our current favourites from the few we have tried are:
Hi @Justinsaid, welcome to the community and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. The community members I’m sure will be only too happy to help but in the meantime have look at this as there’s a WHOLE AMA dedicated to this topic.
Congratulations. The only word of advice that I’d give is that you are buying wine for the masses rather than for you, so (unless you have a crowd of wine lovers) probably best to go with wines that you know will be familiar crowd pleasers rather than something more “marmite”.
For example, may of us here are big fans of Riesling but it’s not a good option for a function as many people will turn their noses up at it.
A good Pinot Grigio (as you have suggested) is a great option especially at that price (although I haven’t tried that particular one).
For the red a Pinot Noir would be a good choice, again it wont alienate anyone and not too heavy so you don’t run the risk of people falling asleep after a few glasses of full bodied red.
Wine for breakfast ! now that is an idea. Something I only manage on long haul flights when someone else is paying.
Perhaps I’m misunderstanding the word ‘breakfast’ - but I cant see any Red working (unless a light Beaujolais?) - ditto still whites need a lift with soda water or fruit juice which destroys anything expensive.
Sparkling wine seems the way forward. You have til June to get your research in !
I would suggest a sparkling Alsace? but that will be double your price point. My advise is to bulk things out with offering plenty of fruit juice, water with cucumber & ice, and non alcoholic fizz (komucha is great)
I was tasked with selecting wines for a friend’s wedding last year. Reasonably tight budget and none of the cheaper Pinots were much liked on my tastings.
This went down very well. A summer wedding,outdoors and good weather helped, but for most people this was their first choice.
Red was the Domain Laborie. It’s a nice simple red, but I think only 2 bottles out of 24 were drunk. Largely due to most sticking with the Fizz.
A couple of Aussie reds to consider, both are easy drinking and good value with very little that anyone would find objectionable! A bit like a decent red from SW France but at a much better price.
There are some nice Spanish reds at sensible money too.
iirc TWS May do sale or return on complete cases if unopened? Which may help you with Rule #1 of wedding wine buying.
Do Not Run Out of booze.
At my own wedding I had 156 bottles for 100 people, there were 8 bottles left at the end.
IMO its worth noting how the wines taste when you’ve first opened them. Might seem obvious but staff on the day will pop the cork and pour, anything which really needs decanting won’t get the attention it deserves. You can give all sorts of “instructions” to the caterers, but on the day things like that rarely happen.
Enjoy finding your wines and planning your day.