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Aug 21, 2014 09:05 AM

Help me choose my wedding wines!

I need a red and a white for table service (bar wines already chosen). Which would you select, oenophiles?

Almos, Malbec, Argentina
Astica, Syrah, Argentina
Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Boneterra, Pinot Noir, CA
Canyon Road, Pinot Noir, CA
Castillo Molina, Syrah, Chile
Cono Sur Bicletta, Merlot, Chile
Cono Sur Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile Crios de Susan Balbo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile Cupcake, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Don Miguel Gascon Colosal Red, Argentina Don Paula Los Cardos, Malbec, Argentina Garnet, Pinot Noir, CA
Guardian Peak, Merlot, CA
Hogue, Merlot, WA
La Posta Pizzella, Malbec, Argentina
Lost Angel, Pinot Noir, CA
Lost Star, Pinot Noir, CA
Mark West, Pinot Noir, CA
Paso Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA Predator , Zinfandel, CA
Punto Final, Malbec, Argentina
Row 11, Pinot Noir, CA
Santa Carolina Famila Res, Malbec, Argentina Terre D'Oro, Zinfandel, CA
The Seeker, Pinot Noir, France
Thorny Rose, Red Blend, WA
Tillia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
Trapiche, Pinot Noir, Chile
Troublemaker, Red Blend, CA

10 Span, Central Coast, Chardonnay, CA Alexander Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay, CA Benzinger Sparkling Moscato, CA
Berneir, Chardonnay, France
Beuna Vista, Sauvignon Blanc, CA Bex, Riesling, Germany
Callaway, Sauvignon Blanc, CA Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, WA Copperridge, Chardonnay , CA Dibon Cava, Sparkling, Spain
Dom Ste Michele, Sparkling, WA Dreaming Tree, White Blend, CA Fernlands, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ Folonari,Pinot Grigio, Italy Guenoc, Chardonnay, CA
Honig, Sauvignon Blanc , CA
JP Chenet Brut, Sparkling, France
Sartori, Pinot Grigio, Italy
Sean Minor, Chardonnay, CA
Simply Naked, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ
Thorny Rose, Riesling, WA
Trivento Amado Sur, White Blend, Argentina Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ
William Hill, Central Coast, Chardonnay, CA Woodbridge, Moscato, CA

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  1. I guess the first question, is how many guests?, and what is your budget per bottle?...Do you have a bunch of "booozers" or those who appreciate good glass of wine with a good meal...

    That considered, are you considering a paring with each course?

    BTW your list is really quite inclusive..

    1. Food? (It does matter . . . )

      That said, in a vacuum, I'd *probably* pick the Alamos Malbec and the Honig Sauvignon Blanc as my first choice(s).

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      1. re: zin1953

        concur with zin re: the honig.

        dunno about the reds. . . .

      2. What foods are you serving? Hard to answer without knowing. Without knowing the safe choices would be one of the Pinot Noir's and one of the Chardonnay's.

        1. What are the vintage years of these wines?

          Also as previously asked, what's on your food menu??

          Pending those answers, all of the red varietals are potential candidates (pinot, merlot, cab, malbec, syrah, etc.). If I had to pick one varietal, without a vintage year and with no knowledge of the menu it would probably be pinot or cabernet.

          However, in the whites I'd tend to rule-out sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio; instead favoring chardonnay and especially riesling due to it's food-friendliness.

          Moscato also tends to be quite food friendly, so in a sparkler I'd choose that, though I have no experience with the specific bottle on your list.

          If you have the vintage years and the especially the food list a more definitive answer can be provided.

          1. For that price range, I've had good luck with Bex Riesling.
            Mark West pinot noir actually tastes like pinot noir. buy a bottle and see if you like it. I saw it on sale at Walgreens for $9.