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May 30, 2009 03:21 PM

Please help with wine for my wedding!

Hello, I'm getting married in September and need help making wine selections. It is a day wedding - menu to include a cocktail hour where we are serving hors d'oeuvres; cocunut fried shrimp with papaya chutney, mini crab cakes, grand marnier and cream cheese stuffed strawberries, and typical cheese/fruit/veggie trays to flesh it out. We are also having a lunch buffet with chicken (either lemon artichoke or marsala - haven't decided yet) and carved roast round of beef. Here are the wine choices;

KWV Steen Chenin Blanc
Saint M Riesling
Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
Oxford Landing Viognier
Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc

Mark West Pinot Noir
Dona Paula "Los Cardos" Malbec
Di Majo Sangiovese
Calina Carmenere
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon

I would like to narrow this down to one red and one white. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. KJ Sauv Blanc and Mark West Pinot. Lemon artichoke, not marsala.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Thanks - and I appreciate the vote on Lemon Artichoke chicken.

    2. The first two vintages I tried Mark West pinot it stunk. The 2007 is pretty decent. Di Majo Norante Sangiovese usually is a winner.
      Stay away from the Ecco Domani.

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      1. re: SteveTimko

        These all seem to be widely available $10 bottles of wine, which is what you expect for a wedding. Your best bet is to pick grapes that most people will like, and then ask for a couple of bottles to try just to make sure you like them. I might go with the Kendall Jackson SB and the Santa Rita Cab. Obviously different vintages will vary, so you'll want to try what is currently available.

        Congratulations by the way!

      2. For the red I'd go with the Di Majo. I cannot reccomend any of those whites.

        1. Sangiovese is very food friendly and generally has a wide appeal so I'd go with the Di Majo for the red.

          For the white, it's slim pickens, but I would choose the KJ SB or the ED pinot grigio.

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          1. re: vinosnob

            Thanks everyone for your votes! Sounds like Sangiovese has the most picks for the Red so I think that's what we'll go with. The white is going to be the hardest pick - people seem to either like or hate the ED Pinot Grigio so I'm not sure about that one. Back to the drawing board...

            1. re: nikkimadril

              I'll add to the Di Majo Sangiovese chorus, and suggest the Steen (Chenin Blanc). Their Chenin Blanc is one of South Africa's great (and inexpensive) gifts to the world.