Affordable Wine for Your Wedding from David O'Day

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Del Frisco's David O'Day

For those of us non-oenophiles, choosing which wines to serve at your wedding is a pretty overwhelming prospect. I'm currently going through the process for my own reception and decided to ask some of wine savvy individuals I know for their thoughts. One great list came from David O'Day, the wine director for Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, who recommended these five affordable picks:

Sparkling Wine: Gruet "Methode Champenoise" Brut NV, New Mexico The Gruet Brut is a crisp and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has a rich complexity and flavors of green apple and grapefruit. Perfect for passed appetizers for reception or cocktail hour. Approximate retail $13.95 (prices vary state to state)

Red Wine: Sexto 2006 Grenache, Carignan, Tempranillo Blend Terra Alta Spain this gem from Terra Alta in Catalonia is sure to please, and a blend of six grapes it is medium bodied with a smooth finish. This versatile wine easily pairs with assorted Cheeses, Chicken, pasta, lamb or beef Approximate retail 11.95 (prices vary state to state)

3 Rings "Its Magic" 2007 Barossa Valley Shiraz Australia This is a full-bodied 100% Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Purple color, Rich jammy blueberry & blackberry fruit, toasted oak, cedar and spice on the finish. This can be paired with roasted or grilled meats and any kind of wild game Approximate retail 15.95 (prices vary state to state)

White Wine: Crawford 2006 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, California Classic Sauvignon Blanc profile. Pale straw color and crisp acidity with a balanced finish. Pairs well with Passed appetizers, Seafood selections, Salads Approximate retail $12.95 (prices vary state to state)

Karl Erbes "Urziger Wurtzgarten" Riesling Spatlese 2007 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany Balanced Sweetness, Honey, Pear, Peach, Round & full-bodied with nice minerality. Riesling is the most versatile of white wines, Pair well with seafood, shellfish and any spicy Thai or Asian fusion. Approximate retail $15.95 (prices vary state to state) —Leigh Crandall, managing editor, Brides Philadelphia

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