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Apr 14, 2008 01:33 PM

Inexpensive wines for summer wedding

Hey all. Trying to get some feedback, as our caterer does not have a liquor license and we will have to choose the wines ourselves for our wedding. It will be a summer wedding with an outdoor component to it. So, we want wines that will be easy to drink on their own, yet match to the food. We are looking to have one red and one white wine. We'd like to keep it under $10/bottle but would go as high as $12 if absolutely necessary. I know there won't be too many oenophile's there, but still would like to do our best to pair the wines reasonably well. The entree choices will be either a horseradish crusted salmon or a hanger steak (not exactly sure how it will be prepared). The hors douvres, which I'm less concerned about pairing with, are a variety including puff pastry, shrimp, crab cakes, mini burgers etc.

We really like sauvignon blanc. Will that stand up to the fish? If yes, we thought the Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc might work and is priced right. Thoughts? Are we better off with a New Zealand or Chilean SB? Others have suggested Torrontes or perhaps something from Spain. What are your suggestions?

For red, what would do well with the steak but still be easily drinkable as a summer wine? How would we do with a Cotes du Rhone or a Malbec?

Any and all suggestions welcome and bonus points if you can suggest a store/distibutor in NYC. I was thinking Astor Wines as I find them knowledgable and well priced, but am open to suggestions.

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  1. I think the Chateau St. Jean would be fine. For a red, the 2005 Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone was excellent and within that price range. Another choice in that range would be the Paul Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45.

    1. I was married on August 3 2002. Very hot day. I love Rhone wines, but it was way too much for the day, even at cellar temp. I had a Rex Goliath Pinot Noir at a summer wedding a few years ago, medium body, a fair amount of fruit. Quite drinkable. I seem to remember it was about $8. Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio (same grape) are quite nice on a hot day and depending on where it comes from, can be very dry and light or a little rounder and fruitier.

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      1. re: Lenox637

        Columbia Crest Two Vines Shiraz: Widely available, always good-excellent in quality and around $7.00. Would go nicely with the grilled beef.

      2. I don't know if you're interested in doing a search, but there have been many threads in the last year also asking for wedding wine recs. Just scroll up this page to Search This Board,
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        Bon Mariage!

        1. when i think of a summer wedding i think prosecco...and another idea instead of red could be a chilled rose.

          1. I would think a nice Rose' would be good for a summer wedding. Seems most of my white wine drinkers jump all over a crisp chilled Rose' at summer functions.