What Wines With What Food?

At a loose end choosing wines for your wedding reception? Here are four key pointers to set you on track. These are good things to have to hand when speaking to a wine merchant… 1. Total number of guests, 2. The particular type of crowd you will be expecting, 3. What the menu is (key!), and finally 4. Budget per bottle or amount willing to spend. Once you have this sorted, then you can speak to your trusty sales person or local off license.

1. Always a good number to know is your guests numbers. Particularly in this case the number of your guests which will drink. Bare in mind that some who don’t usually drink will have a glass because of the special occasion. You can probably estimate about 4 glasses from a typical 75cl bottle of wine, maybe 6 from a champagne bottle. So that can be a rough indicator of how many bottles you would need if each person has roughly a glass each. 40 guests, all have one glass, that’s 10 bottles.

2. The reason why I say another factor is what type of crowd you are expecting depends very much on the quantity. Some guests drink like fish and others will be drivers or alternatively not be heavy drinkers. So you need to take in to account whether 3 glasses per guest will be enough. but then you can consider other forms of alcohol such as beers and spirits if need be. Your guests may predominantly enjoy red as opposed to white, but be sure to check out your menu before jumping to the popular choice.

3. Your food is very important when it comes to choosing your wines. some heavy meats like venison or beef require very tannic red wines which will complement the meat as well as cut deeply through those fat, tough components in the meat. If you are having fish, a light sauvignon blanc wine will match the delicatness of the fish you choose.

4, Keeping to your budget is something you usually want to remain constant throughout your wedding planning. Spending too much here and there does add up, and you will be very dissatisfied with your bank balance and ultimately yourself.

All in all what you want to achieve from your wines is a complementary easy drinking vintage that bodes well with your meal. A great money saver is to buy screw cap wine bottles, you will save your waiting staff from spending hours at a time opening up bottles all evening when they can spend their time more wisely looking after your guests.

Some Cheap but Great wines:

Red: Justerini & Brooks, Red Burgundy, NV – £8.89 Per Bottle DP.
Tasting Note: This typifies all that is great about the quality of good young Burgundy today, aromatic, refined bitter-sweet flavours of cherry, strawberry, plum and raspberry, this is a juicy refreshing wine of great purity and lovely silky texture.

White: Macon Uchizy, Gerald et Philbert Talmard, 2009 – £7.23 Per Bottle DP.
Tasting Note: Gerald and Philibert Talmard make one of the best value wines in Burgundy and one of the most popular wines on our list. This is classic Macon, not harvested too late as is the fashion with some of the region’s growers or picked when the grapes are too ripe, so as to obtain a very fresh, precise wine, a style enhance by fermentation and ageing sur lie in steel tanks. This is buttery and rewarding with a racy freshness that keeps it alive and vital to the long finish, notes of apple, conference pear, citrus and peach, beautifully balanced and incredibly moreish.

Champagne: Justerini & Brooks, 250th Anniversary Cuvee Champagne, Extra Dry, NV – £15.65 Per Bottle DP.
Tasting Note: A Champagne cuvee created in celebration of our 250th anniversary in 1999, made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes by Paul Dangin in the Côtes de Bar. The wine is left on its lees for three years and this, together with excellent quality Pinot Noir fruit and the warmer climate of the Bar region, lends it great richness, generosity and opulent red fruit, honey and toasty characteristics. A perennial Justerini & Brooks favourite.

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