Wine is a beverage often consumed at celebrations and parties, and weddings are no exception! Along with all of the other things you have to plan for your wedding day, you probably don’t need the extra stress of trying to figure out which of the many delicious wines are going to be the perfect choice for your special day. It is common to choose at least one red and one white, to cover the two main bases.
Here are nine ideas on how to serve good red wine for wedding events:
1. Pinot Noir
Typically, Pinot Noir is a light to medium bodied wine. This mean it won’t be too heavy or creamy. It tends to be fruity, and not too high in tannins, so it doesn’t emit that bitter, dry feeling on the tongue. In short, Pinot Noir is a nice, neutral wine to serve at your wedding.
2. Cabernet Sauvignon
Cab Sav is the top sold red wine, so it must be well-liked, right? By choosing a more popular variety of wine, you have a good chance of pleasing a lot of pallets. Cabernet Sauvignon is not typically a neutral wine, though. It is known for being very full and rich in flavour, and having high levels of tannins.
3. Merlot blend
A popular choice for weddings is a Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. It takes the best characteristics of the Merlot – a soft, fruity wine, and makes it easier to drink. It makes two very popular wines a little more neutral, perfect for settings where many people with different tastes will be gathered – like at your wedding.
Shiraz or Syrah is another crowd-pleasing wine. A deep purple wine known for being opaque and velvety gives a strong feeling of elegance, this wine is perfect for a wedding. It pairs well with many of the big wedding meals that are typically served, like roast beef, pork ribs, and lamb.
5. Pair it with your meal
See if someone can help you pair the wine to your meal. It will help bring out the flavours in both the wine and the meal, and will be a nice touch. You may be able to ask the caterer you’re working with, or could speak with a sommelier to help you decide which red wine would pair perfectly with whatever you’re planning to eat.
6. Whatever you like
It’s your day, right? Choose a personal fave, and people will likely drink it anyway. The big majority of people, while they have their preference, aren’t all that picky about wine. It’s your day, so go with a wine that you’re going to enjoy.
7. Ask someone you trust
Not a wine drinker? That’s okay too. Maybe you have a close friend or relative who’s really into wine. Ask them for their opinion on what you should serve, and go with that. There is no single red wine that is just for weddings, so nobody is going to judge you for the final decision you make.
8. Offer multiple wines
If you’re really looking to people please, offer multiple different types of wine for your wedding. Serving a sweeter, lighter wine, and a fuller, richer one will offer something for pretty much everyone. More than two may be overkill, but is still an option.
9. Pair it to the weather
People will often pair their drinks to the weather. Nothing makes someone feel for a rich, heavy glass of red more than a cold winter day. And a light fruity wine would probably be much more appreciated on a bright sunny day. Don’t underestimate the power of pairing your wine to the temperature outside.