aisle style . planning . wine
Wine As the bride and groom uncork their future, there is nothing better to celebrate with than Champagne.
If the bubbly will be flowing only during the toast, the couple might want to choose a decent low-cost sparkler such as Don Conde, a $10 Spanish wine, says Frank Pagliano of Franks Union Liquor Mart in Wilmington.
But if youre going to keep the champagne flowing after the toast, go for the good stuff, he says. His recommendation for a crowd is Mirabelle, a $19.99 sparkling wine from Californias Napa Valley that offers a balance of toasty and yeasty flavors with a hint of fresh-cut apple.
As wine bars grow in popularity, so too does the selection. Pagliano recommends offering at least two whites and two redsmore if your guests appreciate wine. If youre serving only wine and beer, a good rule of thumb is to make certain you have as many wine options as brands of beer.
Theres got to be a Pinot Grigio, a Chardonnay and a Merlot for sure, he says. Were also getting a lot of demand for Pinot Noir.
Hosts who are serving wine with dinner should choose several vintages, pairing each with a different course. That works best when guests arent offered a choice of entrees. The wait staff wont have to juggle pouring Cabernet Sauvignon for the folks who opted for filet mignon and Chardonnay for the guests who picked salmon.
Another option is to place wine bottles on the table with glasses so servers can readily refill glasses.