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With all you have to plan for your wedding, from the flowers to the dress to the guest list, choosing a wine that pairs well with your menu (and will keep guests happy!) shouldn't be a daunting task. That's why we spoke with Kim Crawford winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst on the best ways to choose wines for your wedding, not just for your menu but for convenience sake!
A bit of bubbly
Weddings are a celebratory occasion so you want to serve a wine that's special. For an extraordinary and less expected option, surprise guests with a sparkling wine from New Zealand! Kim Crawford's 2009 Fizz Methode Traditionnelle, for example, is a festive and elegant wine with bright lemon, grapefruit, and white peach aromas and a classic champagne-style brioche complexity. It's crisp and minerally on the palate, making it a perfect pairing for a variety of hors d'oeuvres, and is sure to delight even your most discerning guests.
Consider the season
Guests appreciate when you offer a red and white option, and Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are popular choices. When placing your order, it's also key to consider the season of your event. For example, if you're hosting a fall, winter or early spring wedding, people tend to drink more red wine compared to a summer or outdoor occasion where people gravitate toward a crisp white to cool them down. So stock up accordingly!
Choose a wine with a screw cap
With large events like a wedding, quick drink service is key to guest happiness. To alleviate the stress of the bartending staff chose a wine with a screw cap over a cork to maximize efficiency and cut down on the inevitable bar line.
Chill your wines appropriately
The proper serving temperature can transform a wine from OK to extraordinary. Keep wines away from sunlight and heat exposure to ensure quality by storing them in a wine fridge or temperature controlled area (like a cellar). But here's a trick — if you are in a hurry and need to chill a white wine quickly, fill an ice bucket with equal parts ice, water and a dash of salt and in under 30 minutes you'll have a perfectly chilled bottle ready to enjoy!
Too much is just enough
It's always better to have wine left over than risk running out mid dance party. If you figure three glasses per person for a dinner, you should be in good shape and will likely have some leftover wine. And you can always find a use for the leftovers — as gifts to special guests as they depart, wines for your honeymoon, or to stock your first bar together!