Aisle Style . Reception
Special notecards for that special message. Plus, cupcakes become a popular alternative, the pros share their favorite caterers and venues, locally made wines are perfect for your affair, and alternative reception sites.
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Wine for the Times
Nearby producers are making outstanding wines that are perfect for your affair. Cheers.
Local wineries are coming into their own, producing bottles to please almost anyone. Serve them at your reception, or pack them in a basket for a few special guests. A sampling:
John Caldwell, tasting room manager at Paradocx Vineyards in Landenberg and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, recommends Paradocx’s Pail Pink, a rosé that offers a “soft floral aroma with hints of red berries and the right amount of sweetness.” Paradocx produces 16 other wines.
Lee Miller, owner of Chaddsford Winery, suggests its Pinot Noir 25th Vintage label, a “light, delicate red with a mouth-filling combination of fruit and earthiness.” Chaddsford will customize labels for your wedding.
At Nassau Valley Vinyards in Lewes, owner Peggy Raley recommends semi-sweet wines such as Meadow’s Edge White and semi-dry reds such as the Laurel’s Red.
Both Brothers’ Blend and Delaware Wine are vinted from grapes grown on the premises at Pizzadili Vinyards in Felton. Like Nassau Valley, Pizzadili is a great place for your reception.
Winemaker Gino Razzi of Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford has a history of winning big awards with his vintages. Of his 17 varieties, the Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal compliment to dinners of white meat and veal.
Stargazers Vineyard in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, produces several rich blends, but when it’s time for your toast, consider its traditional sparkling wine of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes or its Sparkling Rosé Ultra Brut. Lovers of dry wines will find heaven.
When it’s time for dessert, Kreutz Creek Vinyards in West Grove, Pennsylvania, offers Ruby “K” Port, rich with cherry and dark chocolate flavors. On second thought, sip dessert. Enjoy the wine. —Rachel Lee
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