Are you planning on having hors d'oeuvres? What best describes your pre-dinner menu?

How do you feel about a pre-dinner Champagne or sparkling wine toast?

What best represents your dinner menu?

Will there be food available to party guests all day into the night?

Describe your event venue:

Describe your event decorations:

Do you plan to have dessert? If so, what type of desserts will you feature?

Finally, what best describes your budget for the wine at your event?

What Wine Should You Serve at Your Wedding?
Designer of a Sophisticated Soirée:

Sophisticated Wedding Cheers

Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française + Louis Jadot Chablis + Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon+ Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Porto. Your party is going to be an event to remember, and you’ll want a selection of wines that your guests can enjoy during the various courses. You can start with Champagne during appetizers or have a pre-dinner toast. Then serve a light Chardonnay and a Cabernet during the main meal event. For dessert, Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Porto will be a perfect pairing for cakes, pastries, and chocolates alike. The great thing about a selection like this? All your wine bases are covered, and guests can revisit different wines as the event progresses!
Budget Savvy Event Planner:

Budget Friendly Wedding

Bouvet Ladubay Signature Brut + Caposaldo Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC + The Seeker Rosé + Alta Vista Vive Malbec You want everyone to enjoy wine, but you might not want to empty your wallet pursuing that! These inexpensive options will please everyone during every course of their meal. Bouvet Ladubay Signature Brut is a great French alternative to traditional Champagne, which we all know can be expensive. Then with the main meal you have a white, rosé, and red wine available for your guests to enjoy with the various flavors. The best part? The Alta Vista Vive Malbec has a hint of residual sugar, which will delight your guests with a fun dessert pairing option!
Creating a Casual, Classic Day to Remember:

Casual Classic Wedding

St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay + Résonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir + Poema Cava Dulce. The name of your game is casual versatility! This isn’t going to be a royal wedding, but a perfect representation of you in a classic setting. For this kind of event, you should serve a few wines that are diverse enough to accommodate the menu, without going overboard. A nice California Chardonnay and Oregon Pinot Noir are your perfect options for the feature wines. Then, buy a case or two of Poema Cava Dulce for a celebratory toast OR an exciting pairing for your dessert selection.
No Frills Party Minimalist:

Minimalist Party

Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc + Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages. Your menu is rather limited, and the event doesn’t call for dozens of options for your wine selections. For this kind of event, it’s best that you have two wines that pair easily with any menu options and will suit all your guest’s preferences: we suggest New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Beaujolais-Villages. Having a high acid white wine and a low tannin red wine will be exactly what you need to please everyone, no frills required for a good time!

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Gabrielle earned a Level 2 certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and has continued her wine education by becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) in 2020. In addition to writing for Wine365, she also provides creative contributions and research analytics.

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