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White wine for wedding reception recommendations? [moved from Ontario board]

redsintoronto Mar 21, 2009 07:08 PM

Hello fellow chowhounders....

I'm now putting the finishing touches on my wedding details. And the stumper is the white wine to serve with dinner. We're having a duo platter for the main dish of grilled beef tenderloin served with grilled halibut. The red we have decided on is the now infamous Fuzion (
shiraz/malbec blend). It's very cost effective.

But the white wine is harder to decide on. We're looking for something frugal in price but still tastes good. We're looking at purchasing approximately 80 bottles. So hence cost is a factor.

Any feedback would be great!


  1. m
    melguelph Mar 22, 2009 07:31 AM

    My go-to white when cost is an issue is an Argentinian Pinot Grigio by Argento. I believe it runs for $8.95 at the LCBO -- a bargain for this wine!

    1. Delhiwala Mar 24, 2009 01:33 PM

      I suggest Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc 120 from Chile. It is a wonderful white wine that costs well under $10 a bottle. it will go well with the halibut and is fine with steak for folks that want to drink white wine.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Delhiwala
        Chris Weber Mar 25, 2009 03:06 PM

        I like the Santa Rita suggestion. You do want something to stand up to that grill flavor though. When in doubt, Cotes-du-Rhone works with everything. Look for La Vieille Ferme (the old farm). Lists at about $8 U.S. and in that kind of quantity you should be able to get it for something in the $6/bottle range.

        Not sure what the LCBO stocks, but it's widely available in the U.S. if that helps.

        1. re: Chris Weber
          carswell Mar 25, 2009 04:00 PM

          Vieille Ferme's a good suggestion, whichever colour. The white runs C$11.95 (including sales taxes) at the LCBO, considerably more than the C$7.95 Fuzion red, and I don't believe they offer case discounts. Duty, which applies to any quantities over two bottles per adult, would probably make a US purchase cost-ineffective, plus there may be an absolute limit on the number of bottles you can bring across the border at a go.

          If the OP were willing to travel to Quebec, s/he could pick up the Fuzion white, a drinkable Chenin-Torrontés blend, at C$8.15 a bottle, or C$7.35 if bought during one of the 10%-off sales.

      2. Mari Mar 28, 2009 08:05 PM

        I served a Sauvingnon Blanc from South Africa at my wedding in San Francisco last July. Here's the link: http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...
        It's a fantastic wine for the price, My friends thought the same and they served it at their wedding in November. The bottle runs at $10.99 in San Francisco.

        1. w
          whiner Apr 5, 2009 09:20 AM

          How frugal is "frugal"?

          I'd reccomedn a Dr. L Riesling. Should only be about $13, *maybe* $14USD but available for less when purchased in quantity.

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