Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Photo by: Farmdrop
Deciding which wine to choose for your wedding reception can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The much-debated question of how many bottles of wine to buy to which wine should be paired with the menu will be addressed with simple tips and ensure the perfect pour with every glass.
- Always keep the menu in mind
When serving chicken at your wedding offer a range of white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay, or when a guest prefers red wine provide a Pinot Noir which is a lighter wine which will complement the chicken perfectly.
Fish is mainly associated with white wine, as red wine interacts with the fish oils on your palate, leading to an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. So, when serving fish stick with a light white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Champagne. An ice-cold and light Rosé is also a great option with fish.
Beef is consistent with bold and strong flavours thus when choosing wine when you are serving beef provide deeply flavoured wines like a Shiraz, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Red blend like a strong Grenache or Pinot Noir will also be crowd-pleasing.
When choosing a wine with pork also keep in mind to have a well-balanced wine – preferably a bold white wine like a Chenin Blanc or a subtle Chardonnay.
- A simple variety is key
Gillian Sciaretta states that “You don’t want to make it too complicated” as offering a wide variety will only confuse your guests. Therefore, choose a few of your favourite bottles of white wines that are refreshing, like a Sauvignon Blanc, and red wines that complement the menu so either a strong, rich, and deep red or a crisp and fruity red. When deciding on a Champagne for your wedding pick mild champagne or a prosecco for exiting toast bubbly.
- One bottle per person
To stay safe and ensure you don’t run out of wine stick to one bottle per person; remember there will be other alcoholic beverages too. Keep in mind a bottle of Champagne can be shared between 8 people for a toast thus, when catering for 150 guests, you will need 20 bottles. When deciding the ratio of white to red wine consider that more women drink white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay and men prefer a bold red like a Shiraz or Merlot. You know your guests, so trust your instinct on this one which the help of our guidelines.
Here are some of South Africa’s favourite wines to guide you:
CHARDONNAY: Fleur du Cap Unfiltered (Bergkelder) | Groot Constantia | Jordan Barrel Fermented | Jordan Nine Yards | Oak Valley Groenlandberg
SAUVIGNON BLANC: Cape Point Reserve | Cederberg | Diemersdal Eight Rows | Ghost Corner (Cederberg) | Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sur Lie | Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin
WHITE BLENDS: Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon | Nederburg Ingenuity | Nitida Coronata Integration | Sadie Palladius | Spier Creative Block 2 | Strandveld Adamastor | Tokara Director’s Reserve
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Cederberg Five Generations | Eikendal | Kanonkop | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve | Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection | Le Riche Reserve | Nederburg Two Centuries
SHIRAZ / SYRAH: Cederberg | De Grendel | Groot Constantia | Hartenberg Stork | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve | Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah | Saronsberg
RED BLENDS: Delaire Graff Botmaskop | Diemersdal Private Collection | Ernie Els Signature | Kanonkop Paul Sauer | KWV Mentors Orchestra | La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier | Morgenster Estate Reserve | Rust en Vrede Estate
Source: Wine Land (2019)
Having great wine at weddings ensure your guests stay entertained and relax during the evening. Choose some of your favourite with a few crowd pleasers and you won’t go wrong!