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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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    Gayle Jun 12, 2006 03:18 PM

    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_...

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      joypirate Jun 9, 2006 05:01 PM

      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
        PolarBear Jun 10, 2006 02:41 PM

        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.

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        twodales Jun 9, 2006 04:49 PM

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

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          olivertwist Jun 9, 2006 02:12 PM

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

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            nja Jun 9, 2006 01:53 PM

            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.


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            1. re: nja
              Candy Jun 9, 2006 04:56 PM

              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
                MMRuth Jun 10, 2006 02:34 PM

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

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              Linda W. Jun 9, 2006 01:27 PM

              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.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                Monty Jun 9, 2006 01:25 PM

                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.

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