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Sep 8, 2009 06:07 PM

wine suggestions for wedding menu

I am looking for both a red & white option for my wedding. Menu consists of spice rubbed pork tenderloin w/ a roasted apples, bacon & cider glaze and garlic studded roasted lamb w/ a dried cherry demi glace. Sides are saffron risotto w/wild mushrooms & aged parmesan,asparagus w/grilled lemon & extra virgin olive oil & roasted vegetables (fennel,peppers,sweet onions, zucchini)tossed in sage brown butter. Bon appetit & thanks!

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  1. What price range?
    I'm thinking some sort of Rhone for the red. The asparagus and zucchini could be tough for the whites. Gruner veltliner?

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    1. re: SteveTimko

      I was thinking $20 price range even though that could vary according to your location or mine. I am feeding about 150 people .

      1. re: auntcindy

        If you say what city the wedding is in I can check wine searcher for specific recommendations. I'd say Rhone or sangiovese for the red and gruner veltliner or riesling for the white.

        1. re: SteveTimko

          Yeah, second those suggestions. Although it also depends on the crowd. If most of your guests are not big wine people, serving "different" wines might make some folks uncomfortable. However this also be the perfect opportunity to educate their palates and open them up the the wonderful possiblities of wines beyond "the usual suspects". BTW, Riesling and Pork are awesome together! Lamb & Malbec ain't too shabby either. ; )

        2. re: auntcindy

          By the way, a nice rose will work too and can work with all the foods.

      2. For a red I would lean towards Syrah or Petit Syrah. I think the Bogle Petite Sirah is a pretty good value at around $10 (in California) and is relatively easy to find.

        White I would lean towards a Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc or California Pinot Gris,

        1. I should just keep a copy of my answers to this question since I've answered so many of these over the years.

          Menu and price are two of the considerations. Are your guests wine drinkers? Wine connoisseurs? Where do you buy your wines? What wines do they have? It doesn't help if I recommend a wine that you can't find. Since you should have a wine retailer you go to anyway, you should ask them this question.

          First of all, I like your menu. That's the kind of stuff I really enjoy. I agree with Rhone for the red. You can get really excellent Rhone wines for $20 and under. All the food has character, so I'd get a white that can stand up to it as well. That could be a white Rhone too, or an Italian like Gavi di Gavi or Soave. Or sure Groovy.

          There are 3 kinds of wines produced in the above named regions, good, bad and indifferent. So buy a bottle of each and taste them. And no one says you should only get one white and one red. I usually recommend getting more than one. There are widely divergent styles of wine in the world. "New World" styles are not my favorite. I prefer "Old World". Other people feel differently.

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          1. re: crw77

            I am in Middle Tennessee. Nashville is the closest big city to us. Most of our guests are 40ish.
            My guests are wine drinkers & foodies but not connoisseurs as such.They expect good food & wine because that's what they get when they come to my house for a special meal. Price wise I think a red will be easier to find reasonably but I probably will have to put a little extra $ into the white as I think it is harder to pair. So far, I have looked at Alsace whites. For red, I have been looking at Malbec, Primitivo & St Emilion grand cru even though I'm not sure bordeaux is the way to go. Love Bogle Phantom but will not be available for my wedding date. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

            1. re: auntcindy

              Wine-Searcher lists two wine stores in Tennessee, one in Nashville and one in Knoxville and the Knoxville lists almost no inventory online.
              At the Nashville store, maybe the Pine Ridge white blend. I think I'd pass on the Hopler gruner. Maybe it would work. The 2008 seems to be an off vintage for them, I guess. Buy a bottle and see if you like it.

              1. re: auntcindy

                auntcindy: "I am in Middle Tennessee. ... My guests are wine drinkers & foodies but not connoisseurs as such."

                Let us provide a completely, utterly, different perspective. Not conventional. For a wedding, you will be ordering by the case, so you need not limit yourself to wines that you can find by the single bottle at a local wine store in Middle Tennessee. Any Middle Tennessee wine store, given the time, can order any wine.

                You can get wines within your budget -- really excellent world-class wines -- from specialty winemakers in California who experiment with European varietals. The wines will be different from the European wines that use the same grape varietals, but, if you choose a good estate, a California winery where the winemaker has a real conscience, you will get a superior wine for the wedding guests who do not care as long as it tastes good; but at the same time, you will be serving a unique, special-for-this-wedding-only, wine that the connoisseurs on your guest list will long remember and not be able to duplicate.

                Allow us to suggest one winemaker whom you may wish to use for your entire wedding wine list: St. Amant. See this file: (Descriptions on the second page of the .pdf file.)

                We have tasted the St. Amant 2007 Lodi Barbera, and it is simply wonderful. Not really like a Barbera from Piemonte, it is different from native Italian Barbera, but just as good -- arguably, even better -- in its own California way. It will meet all of your red wine needs to match with both the pork dish and the lamb dish. Simply superb for an under $20 wine.

                Now, for the white: the 2007 St. Amant Amador Verdehlo is as good as whites get. (We tend to favor reds, so please understand the appearance of condescension.) We tasted the Verdelho at the St. Amant tasting room (we had to seek the tasting room out, as it is pretty well hidden) earlier this year, and we almost decided that whites are not all that bad, after all. The Verdelho will make the pork tenderloin soar, but the roasted lamb would probably overwhelm it.

                Anyway, expand your horizons, and you may find something wonderful, memorable, and unique for the wedding.