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red wine for a July wedding?

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  • Jbo Jun 9, 2006 12:55 PM

Hi there-- I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good and inexpensive red wine for a July wedding in Pennsylvania (translation: will probably be warm out). Personally, I'm a Zinfandel/Syrah sort of gal, but I think for a mass audience, a Pinot Noir might be good for a warm summer day. We're having buffet stations w/ a variety of food, mostly chicken, fish and vegetarian (no red meat). Anyone know a good Pinot Noir for under $12? I'm always found Fetzer to be pretty good for other reds.
Many thanks!

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  1. If it's going to be a warm summer day, I might suggest a chilled Rose. There are a number of excellent Rose's available these days and many would probably fall in your price range.

    1. Do you have the ability to have sangria made and kept cool? Either a red or white sangria might be more refreshing than wine with your wedding meal. A recipe link below is my favorite, from a local Boston area restaurant.

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      1. Castle Rock makes pretty decent Pinot Noirs for under $10. There have a variety from different growing areas. I've found the Sonoma Coast is the best. But you may want to see what you can find and try them all. www.winesearcher.com may help.

        I had Los Altos Malbec at a wedding once and that was well-received.

        I personally love the idea of rosé. But I'll warn you that a startling percentage of wine drinkers have negative misconceptions about rosé (i.e., they are all sweet and only beginners drink them... very annoying), so I wouldn't serve it _instead_ of red. In addition to would be fine.

        -Nick

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        1. re: nja

          That is too bad. I love nice fruity roses in the summer. La Vielle Ferme is lovely and go so nicely with the food being offered. I just put a bottle in the fridge to go with our dinner tonight.

          Thise blush "wines" really gave good roses a bad reputation and the only thing in common is color.

          1. re: Candy

            I agree completely - pretty much always have a bottle in the refrigerator from Memorial Day on - right now it is a Spanish one - Muga.

        2. Camelot makes a decent, inexpensive Pinot Noir that goes for $9/bottle in PA.

          1. Perhaps a nice fruity, lightly chilled beaujolais? Georges DuBouef has a nice one as does Louis Jadot. Not expensive either.

            1. I had the Estancia Pinot Noir for my rehearsal dinner and it was a hit. Accessible, good with many foods, enough of a zip to hold up to spiced foods.

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              1. re: joypirate

                I'd agree with the Estancia, also it's been a while since I've tried it but Echelon put out a decent Pinot around that price in the past.

              2. About three years ago, we came across Chateau de la Chiaze at our local wine shop. An easy drinking French table wine. Gamay, I believe is the grape. We got it the first summer for about $9, now it's between $11 and $12. But very nice and we do get a 15% discount on a case. Enjoy!

                Link: http://www.chateaudelachaize.com/vin_...