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Cheers to Forever: Picking the Perfect Wines for Your Wedding

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Planning a wedding is a whirlwind of excitement. Leading up to your big day, you’ll be sampling and tasting a bunch of things: hors d'oeuvres, entrees, sweets–you’ll certainly need a nice refreshment to pair with each! With a multitude of options available, it's time to embark on a wine-tasting adventure! Let us take you through the world of wines, offering tips and tricks to help you choose the best bottles that will leave your guests raising their glasses in celebration. 

READ MORE: Why Do We Celebrate Special Occasions with Champagne?

Start with Your Personal Preferences

Let’s not forget who the big day is all about: you and your person! Your wedding day is a reflection of your unique style and taste, so it's important to prioritize what you like. Do you lean towards crisp whites, fruity reds, or perhaps a sparkling favorite? Take some time to explore different varietals and styles to identify the wines that truly speak to your palate. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or an adventurous novice, trust your own preferences as a starting point for curating a selection that will make your taste buds dance.

Season and Setting

The season and setting of your wedding play a significant role in the wine selection. For a summer soirée, opt for refreshing whites like Matua Sauvignon Blanc, or light-bodied rosés like Champs de Provence, which will keep guests cool and invigorated. In the fall, embrace the rich and earthy flavors of medium to full-bodied reds that complement the cozy ambiance–we think the Greetings Columbia Valley Merlot from Washington is perfect for this occasion.

If you're exchanging vows in a wintry wonderland, indulge in deep, robust reds that warm the soul like a good Californian Cabernet Sauvignon. Match the wine selection to the season and create a harmonious atmosphere that enhances the overall experience.

Embrace Local and/or Seasonal Wines

Especially if the location of your nuptials is of significance to you, commemorate it further by incorporating some local wines. Explore nearby vineyards and wineries to discover hidden gems that showcase the unique flavors of the region. Not only will you support local businesses, but you'll also offer your guests a taste of the locale, creating an authentic and memorable experience. 

Experiment with Food and Wine Pairings

A wedding feast is incomplete without thoughtfully paired wines that elevate the culinary experience. Collaborate with your caterer or even a sommelier to create perfect pairings that tantalize the taste buds. For seafood dishes, opt for crisp and citrusy whites like a dry Riesling. If you're serving rich meats or robust flavors, a spicy Syrah can make a delightful match. Don't shy away from experimenting with unconventional pairings to surprise and delight your guests. Remember, the right pairing can transform a good meal into an extraordinary one!

Signature Sips and Personal Touches

Infuse your wedding with your unique personality by incorporating signature cocktails and custom wine labels. Craft a bespoke cocktail that represents your love story and garnish it with a touch of whimsy. Create personalized wine labels that reflect your style and make memorable keepsakes for your guests. Don't be afraid to get creative and have fun with it—after all, it's your big day!

One last thing to consider: how much wine will you need? This is something that trips a lot of people up, but we’ve got you. Head over to our drink calculator to take out the guesswork.

When it comes to choosing the best wines for your wedding, remember to keep your guests' enjoyment in mind while prioritizing your own preferences. By considering tastes, location, food pairings, and adding personal touches, you'll create a wine selection that perfectly complements the celebratory atmosphere. Cheers to a lifetime of love and unforgettable memories!

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