Trader's: buying wine for a wedding reception
we are trying to stay within a reasonable budget and are thinking of buying our own wine. Can you please give us some suggestions on what to choose for red and white- we thought Trader's prices are good, but we would welcome other suggestions. Costco?
Thanks in advance!
I suggest to you that it doesn't matter what you buy and serve.
At a wedding recption, people are not looking for a wine tasting event or for fine dinig featuring the 'perfect' accompanying wine. Those that will be drinking wine are hoping that you have a choice of white zinfandel, red or white.
Unless a substantial portion of your guests are oenophiles (and even these are quite tolerant of wedding reception offerings) honestly no one cares what you are serving.
I would seek out a local, reputable wine merchant. They will have a better selection that TJ's or Cost Co; especially in terms of carrying Spanish and South American wines which offer great value.
Perhaps your guests don't care what they drink, but I'm guessing you do care which is why you posed the question.
I agree with Frank. Have a red, white, and a white zin (not much of this though). One wedding we used 1.5L bottles of Woodbridge, another we ended up with 1.5L of LIttle Penguin. Personally I thought the Woodbridge was the better of the two. A local wine celebrity recommended the Woodbridge to me.
For my wedding, we used Babich Sauvignon Blanc and Coppola Claret. Both of these wines retail about $13 in my area (RI), before case discount.
Neither of these wines will knock your socks off, but they're consistently good and very budget-friendly.
The Babich goes pretty well with most simple seafood dishes and the Coppola does the same with most red meats.
The thought of serving white zinfandel at a wedding.... that just sounds like a bad omen...
Instead of the white zin, serve a riesling instead... the 2005 vintage in Germany is uniformly nice, and you can find all the very nice, highly drinkable wine you want for under 15 a bottle...
So, consider riesling as your white wine.... then also serve a bubbly of some sort... champagne, cava, or my personal "budget" favorite: moscato d'Asti...
Lastly, have a soft red on hand.... merlot or cabernet are usually well received...
A red wine that I often find to be exceptional value in the 15 to 25 a bottle range is a high-end Valpolicella... there's a posting on another thread re Zenato's Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa which is a delicious well-made soft red.... in any event, ask your vendor for the most interesting reds they have within your price range.