It can be difficult to choose the right wine for your wedding reception. Let’s take a look at the basics so you can feel confident in your wine selection. I will be highlighting the common features of common varietals as well as my favourite menu options.
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When I first tasted wine, I was around 10 years old. My parents were with me, as was Bruce, a friend from my family. Bruce is one those people who seems larger than life. Bruce is a large, bald, irreverent man who enjoys nothing more than a good laugh and a glass or two of wine. What did Bruce and his wife do with me when I was 19? We enjoyed good food and good wine. I was hooked. I began to travel and collect amazing wines.
One of my favorite things about working in the wedding industry is helping engaged couples match their menu choices with the right wine to complement the event.
- “Wine makes every occasion a memorable, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized.”
It can be difficult to choose the right wedding wine, especially when you have to please many of your closest friends and family members. There may be an aunt who is passionate about wine and loves to talk about aromas and tannins at family gatherings. But there are also college friends who love Jazz in the Park box wines. How do you choose the right varietal to make them happy? Concentrate on the food!
TRADITIONAL WINE PARTING SUGGESTIONS
A glass of white wine is the best pairing for entrees such as fish and chicken. Chardonnay is known for its rich oaky flavors and crisp flavor. It’s a great match for hardy herbs like ‘Rosemary Garlic Herb Chicken’ or ‘Alaskan Cod With Grape Tomato Vinaigrette’. The more delicate Pinot Grgio is more easily recognized because it has a lighter, more refreshing flavor and goes well with dishes that feature a savory sauce. The lemon in “Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata” or the pesto (or, as my husband calls them, “pesto besto”) are ideal matches.
WEDDING ENTREE PHAIRING SUGGESTIONS
- Cremini Mushroom Chicken Marsala-Pinot Grigio
- Chicken Cordon Bleu with Chardonnay Sauce-Chardonnay
- Rosemary Garlic Herb Chicken Chardonnay
- Pinot Grigio Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata
- Five Cheese Tortellini Pesto Parmesan – Pinot Grigio
- Chardonnay Oven Roasted Salmon With Tarragon Butter Sauce
- Alaskan Cod with Grape Tomato Vinaigrette-Chardonnay
CARVING STATION WINE PARTING IDEAS
Let’s look at red wines for your carving stations which are dominated by red meats. Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied with moderate to high acidity. It pairs well with creamed horseradish, which is featured in the ‘Roast Beef Au Jus” and the ‘Slow Roasted Prim Rib of Beef Au Jus. Merlot, which has a softer, smoother and lower acidity than Cabernet Sauvignon, pairs well with the sweetness from the ‘Pineapple Glaze,’ for Pit Ham, as well as the Herb flavors on Beef Tenderloin,’ (my personal favorite!)
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CARVING STATION WINE RECOMMENDATIONS
- Roast Beef Au Jus With Creamed Horseradish – Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pit Ham with Pineapple Glaze- Merlot
- Oven-roasted Turkey with Gravy – Pinot Noir (this wine is a feature of our Elite Wedding Package!)
- Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin Au Jus – Merlot
- Slow Roasted Prime Rib Beef Au Jus With Creamed Horseradish – Cabernet Sauvignon