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Wine for a crowd

I've been delegated to get the wine for a big reception - c.350 people. I'm thinking that it should be in the 1.5L bottles, just for convenience sake. What are the better wines that come in that size? I don't want to pay more than $10.00 a bottle. I need a red and a white.

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  1. Try some of the South American brands: Concho Y Toro has wines in that price range for the 1.5L.

    1. We have had luck with Delicato. It comes in large format bottles. They have won several awards at the California State Fair.

      Delicato Family Vineyards
      12001 S. Highway 99 Manteca, CA 95336
      Phone: 209-824-3501
      Hours: Delicato Family Vineyards
      Tasting: Y
      Delicato Family Vineyards

      1. Is it a wine-only reception? Is there a menu?

        1. I think "better", "1.5L" and under "$10" makes this difficult. Your best bets for reds will probably be from Australia or Chile. Check out Rosemont Shiraz, Oxford Landing, Concho Y Toro, and "Trunpeter" Malbec.

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          1. re: dinwiddie

            I have no illusions about what I'm getting in this catagory, just curious to see if others, like yourself, can single out a few names. It is a full meal reception, I suspect beef and chicken, but I'll find out.

            1. re: dinwiddie

              Rosemount Shiraz 1.5 for under $10???.........that would be a good score and
              a strong contender for "Best Bang" for the question posed...........

              1. re: jonathon

                I should have remembered the 1.5L, I have seen Rosemont occasionally at less than $10 for the 750ml. As to a 1.5 for under $10, who would want to drink it?

                1. re: dinwiddie

                  That is exactly what I thought, until a wine snob frind of mine told me about the delicato. His wife even managed an an upscale tasting room in St. Helena. To Top it off, you could only find the DELICATO in Longs Drugs in the begining. It has won several awards at the STATE FAIR and we have generally liked it for our everyday wine to always have avalable.

            2. Lindemans (Australia) fits the bill and isn't as bad as others in that price range.

              1. For the red - go for an Argentinian Malbec. My extended family loved it this past Easter.

                1. I like Black Swan Shiraz - lots of fruit and spice. $9.49 for 1.5L at Total Wine, before the case discount.

                  1. For a white wine, please sample the 2005 Fetzer, Valley Oaks, Gewurztraminer. I believe you will be impressed. I got a case at COSTCO for $5.99 per bottle, but I have seen it at Safeway on special for less than that. It is available almost everywhere. The price is not indicative of how good this wine is. It won Best of Show - 2006 California State Fair, Gold - 2006 Long Beach and Double Gold, Best of Class - 2006 Orange County Fair. Although people quibble about the significance of these tastings, they are the reason I tried it and I’m thankful I did. Sadly, I don't believe it comes in the larger bottles, so it may not work for you if that is an absolute requirement.

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                    1. re: BN1

                      Although I am a fan of well crafted Gewurtz, I find the majority of people find it "odd". This may make it a risky choice for a large group, although it may be a good option for a personal cellar purchase (by the case) at that price!

                    2. One of my 'go-to' pizza and pasta wines is a chianti :

                      Straccali, made by ROCCA DELLE MACIE which is a large but well regarded producer.
                      for $10.55

                      Medium bodied, excellent food wine. Quite elegant for a cheap wine.

                      Apparently, these guys like it too:

                      LCBO link:

                      1. Thanks everybody! In the end I settled on Rene Junot white & red. My local store had them both on sale for $6.99 for the 1.5L. How could I go wrong?