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7 Crowd-Pleasing Wedding Wines

April 30, 2014

By Carol Ortenberg
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Ice Bucket for White WinesPlanning a wedding shower can be a stressful experience for even the most seasoned bridesmaid. You have to juggle the bride’s family, friends and coworkers as well as have Pinterest-worthy décor. And, of course, somewhere in the back of your mind is always the bridal shower scene from Bridesmaids. In our opinion, there’s one thing that can make many a bridal shower go a little smoother – wine!

Feeling pressure? Just follow these few guidelines to select wine easier:
1) Mix it up: Try to have a mix of white, red and sparkling.
2) Add some pink: Don’t be afraid to throw a rosé in there too.
3) Keep it light: Steer clear of that heavily oaked Chardonnay or hugely tannic red — not when you have to please a crowd and you only have a few options.

Don’t be afraid to have fun too! Can you theme the wines around the bride’s honeymoon destination? How about having the labels match her wedding colors? Or what about picking wines that start with the first letter of the bride’s first name?

But, if you want to take all the guesswork out of wine selection, here are a few of our favorites to get you started!

Two Crowd-Pleasing Whites:
Pine Ridge’s Chenin Blanc/Viogner blend is a true crowd pleaser. Not only is it a very affordable option, but you’ll also look like a wine insider for picking a Viogner blend. The wine is bright and juicy, opening with tropical notes of pineapple and pear and finishing slightly off-dry, clean and crisp.

If you’re looking for an interesting story, Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment uses the naturally occurring yeast in the grape skins to ferment the wine rather than adding cultivated yeasts. Although it does have an oaky character, only 10% of the wine sees French oak – so what you are left with is a nuanced wine that still shows intense fruit (in the form of apricot and peach) and good acidity to balance it out.

A Rosé:
With its pretty pink hue, Mas Sainte Berthe Les Baux-de-Provence Passe Rosé is perfect for a warm summer day, or a fun and lively wedding shower with your girls. This Grenache-based wine has a lovely light/medium body with fruity, juicy notes that are balanced with some mineral flavors on the finish.

Two Smooth Reds:
Malbecs are great party wines; and, the Terrazas Reserva Malbec is one that we think will make your shower shine bright. With a deep ruby color and a delicate balance between the dark, ripe fruit flavors and the lighter floral notes, this wine is both sophisticated and smooth. Decant this wine before the party to let it shine even brighter.

For a lighter red, we recommend Chalone Vineyard’s Monterey County Pinot Noir. Good under $20 Pinot’s can be tough to find, but this enjoyable Pinot Noir is one that will please even the most discerning drinkers. Where it perhaps lacks in complexity, it makes up for in all-around deliciousness. The wine has bright red fruit flavors with notes of spice, a bright acidity, and a silkiness that makes it a very approachable choice.

One Balanced Sparkling:
For a sparkling wine that can stand on its own but won’t be wasted as part of a mimosa, Casteller Cava Brut is the perfect choice. On the palate it has crisp, fresh flavors and a balanced sweetness that doesn’t overpower.

For the Special Toast:
If you’re doing a smaller shower or have a special toast, Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee is an appropriately named (although somewhat pricier pick). This Pinot Noir-based sparkling wine is a pale peach color, with notes of strawberries and apricots and a creamy finish. The perfect wine to toast the new bride.

With these wines in hand, you’re set for a perfect shower – now all you need is to pick the date, theme, guest list… hmm… well maybe it’s time for that glass of wine now!

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