Need advice for some inexpensive wedding wine and bubblies!
I just proposed to my GF of many many years and with luck have it, she said YES!
We have set our date, which is roughly about 18 months away. We already pretty much have our venue, caterer and all the good stuff planned out.
What I really need help is some advice for some good ole cheap wine. At the pace we are going, we will blow by our budget pretty soon. I'd like to keep wines and the sparkling under $15. It won't hurt to be under $10, but I don't want it to taste cheap and rancid...
I will have access to anything within the SF, South Bay and wine country. I wouldn't mind any recommendations that I can pick up at K&L since it is really close by. Nothing online since I don't want to incur any freight cost.
The wedding will have about 200 guest. The food will be the standard salad and the entree will have an Asian theme (chicken/steak/vegetarian). I'm not sure about the hors d'oeuvres but it doesn't really matter since we also have an open bar during cocktail hour.
Wedding will take place late August or early September if it plays into anything.
Thanks in advance for any of your input!
In the under-$15 price range, you can't beat Gruet. I prefer the rosé but the brut is good too.
For a red, the 5L box of Marc Plouzeau Chinon is hard to beat, works out to $6.75 per 750ml but compares favorably with $15-20 bottles.
For a white, the Blason Pinot Grigio that K&L imports directly is a great value. Sometimes they have it or something similar from Blason in a box.
If you have access to K&L I'd ask them. With a guest list of 200, they will probably be able to give you a good recommendation and a good price. Figuring you will need about 5 cases of each, they would be able to factor in a discount anyway and bring the price down. I've always found them great to work with.
We had Kenwood Yalupa Cuvee Brut, for my daughter's wedding toast, and everyone had very good comments for it. Not expensive, and remember not everyone will drink it anyway. Some will just take a sip and leave the rest no matter what you spend.
The Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux at K&L is a pretty good bang for the buck.
Go to K&L and ask them to recommend some of cheaper sparklers and give them a try. See what you like. There's some tasty Italian and Spanish sparkling wines that are pretty good.
I had an awesome Spanish cava I picked up with The Spanish Table in Berkeley, but it was something like $18.
The Spanish Table is on San Pablo Avenue and also on San Pablo Avenue, but in Albany, is Oddlots, which specializes in wines $8 to $15.
For non-sparkling wine for Asian food, consider wine from Germany, Austria or the Alsace. Again, I'd go to K&L and see what they have in stock shortly before your wedding. There's plenty of good riesling, silvaner, pinot blanc and pinot gris for less than $15 a bottle.