talk wineredowrhiteChoosing Wine For Your Destination Wedding ReceptionWine has been served at weddings since the beginning of time. Nevertheless, tasting and choosing the wine for your own wedding is an important and challenging job. When planning a wedding or any important event, attending to the details can make all the dif-ference in how memorable your special day is to you and your guests. Here are some suggestions to consider when choosing the wine for your wedding reception.Your Guests - What kind of wine do you like? How about your friends and family? Do they pre-fer red, white, rose, sparkling or a dessert wine? Would your guests enjoy one or two really nice glasses of wine to sip as they socialize? Or, is wine not that important to your guests?Time of Day - Are you having a day or evening wedding? People may drink a little less at an af-ternoon wedding than at an evening affair.Menu - Are you trying to pair the wine with the food? If you are serving prime rib, why not pair it with an enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot? Is seafood or chicken on the menu? How about pairing that meal with a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, or Chardonnay?Time of Year - If you are hosting an outdoor reception and the weather is warm, plan accord-ingly and serve a refreshing, lighter wine like a Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc, rather than a heavy Chardonnay. For red wine drinkers, you might offer a Grand Cru Beaujolais or a Pinot Noir. You might even consider a dry rose.What's Your Budget? Since most people do not have an unlimited budget you need to con-sider costs. With your resort there may be room to negotiate the wine expense up front in a pack-age deal. This is when your Destination Wedding Planner can assist you.Wine Temperature and Decanting - Make sure the wine you choose is served at the cor-rect temperature so that the wine will taste its best. Many times most white wines are served too cold and most reds and roses are served too warm. Reds often could use some time to decant before they are served, allowing the flavor pro-file and bouquet to come alive.Sparkling Wine for the Toast - One of the most memorable moments at the wedding recep-tion is the toast. If you pick a very good sparkling wine or Champagne for the toast, your guests will remember the toast even more fondly. Wines do not have to break the bank to be "Very Good".
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