Unless you’re something of a wine connoisseur, it can be tough to decide which wines to serve at your wedding. Red, white, rosé, champagne? There are countless options that make the choice all the more confusing, but the trick is to keep it simple and enjoy the process!
The first tip is to buy in bulk from a single vendor. Whether that’s a wine store or a cellar door at one of the countless wineries around Australia, purchasing all your wine at once will save you money, time and stress by keeping it simple.
Next, you will have to decide if you would like a red and a wine option for the dinner. Wedding planners will generally suggest to opt for equal numbers of each, but if you know that your party prefers one over the other, make sure your order reflects that as best as possible. Another way of deciding is to consider what time of year you will be getting married. Warmer temperatures tend to bring out the crisp white and rose drinkers, while cooler weddings will generally mean people drink more robust reds.
For whites, a Sauvignon Blanc is often the most popular wedding wine. It pairs well with just about anything you serve, and is neither too sweet nor too dry. Similarly, a Pinot Gris is also well-liked, and works with meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
In the red category, a tasty Pinot Noir is a fan favourite that simply can’t go wrong. As it is on the lighter side of the reds, it pairs with red meats and whites. Another option here is a Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be a little bolder than a Pinot Noir, but is just as bold and delicious.
In between red and white is rosé – the sweet, light and diverse wine that has a foot in each camp and is gaining in popularity with every harvest season. Rosé can be anything from a faint pink colour to a deep blush, and the variety covers everything from sweet vinos to drier wines. It can pair well with just about any dish and works in warmer weather, so don’t forget about this popular wine when making your choice.
Of course, champagne or sparkling wine is almost as synonymous with weddings as the engagement ring itself, so many couples will treat their guests to a glass of this bubbly refreshment directly after the ceremony. For this one, simply find a champagne that you love as a couple.
Once you’ve decided on the wines themselves, you’ll have to decide how much to order. Aim for roughly half a bottle per adult guest, and always round up when ordering cases – it’s much better to have some left over to enjoy on your first wedding anniversary than it is to run out!
For champagne, you will need approximately one bottle per eight guests, which should be enough for everyone for a half glass after the ceremony.
Finally, don’t forget to enjoy this process! This is one of the most fun choices you’ll make for the wedding day (that, and cake tasting!), so treat it like a date with your loved one to keep it stress free and enjoyable.