5 Wines to Serve at Your Wedding

It’s summertime so not only does that mean vacations but also weddings.

I have to say I was surprised to find out the fact that the fall has officially become THE season of the year to get married.

Goodbye June

According to an article on Brides.com, September tops the list this year as the month to get married.   September is followed by October and June which are tied for 2nd.

This info is from a survey by Zola, a site that describes itself as a place that’s “reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience”.

As a matter of fact 9/10 of the most popular dates for wedding are in September and October with only ONE in August.

Stress happens

Wedding are stressful.   I don’t want to say they can be stressful because I feel like it’s inevitable that at least one member of the main wedding party will feel the heat.

What should the colors be?   How many guests should we invite?  I have two bff’s, which should I choose to be my maid of honor?  Should I invite my second cousin on my dad’s side who I haven’t talked to in 10 years?   What should I serve at the wedding?   Will my family be able to hold their alcohol?

You get the picture, right?   There are so many things to think about that stress is gonna happen.

I’ve got you covered in one of those areas, wine.

You’ve got options

There are tons of options out there as far as wine varieties.   I spoke to someone who owns a winery and on top of that he’s been a wine judge for 20 years, Ken Tarsitano.  Tarsitano owns Flagler Beachfront Winery in Flagler Beach, FL.

When I visited his unique winery on my Florida wine tour I asked him which wines should be offered at a wedding.   He suggested four wines and I threw in one that I love to make it 5.

Ken’s picks:

Flagler Beachfront Winery

  1. Merlot or something like a Corduroy:   Corduroy is a red wine blend that includes Cabernet, Petite Syrah and Malbec.   This option will definitely be for your wine lovers that prefer something on the dry side.  Corduroy is Tarsitano’s creation but red wine blends are everywhere.
  2. Pinot gris
  3. Riesling
  4. Riptide:  This is another name given to wine by Tarsitano.   It’s made with the Florida muscadine grape and is a semi-sweet and fruity red.

By the way, the Flagler Beachfront Winery offers to put your picture on their wine.   Now that’s how you set your big day apart from everyone else!

My pick:

Coopers Hawk Almond Wine


   5.  Almond sparkling wine/prosecco/blanc de blanc:  I threw this one in because I feel you you need something bubbly at a wedding.   The almond wine that comes to my mind is from Cooper’s Hawk.  Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine.   Blanc de blanc means white of whites.

But, how much should I plan for?

The fear is always running out and ending up with egg on your face and not living down the fact that you ran out of something at your wedding.

That actually happened at a wedding I went to years ago.   They ran out of food.   This happened to a family that is very comfortable financially so you can see how embarrassing it was.  The wedding was likely beautiful but the only thing I remember is that they ran out of food.

I’ve got a solution!  

Check out this calculator from Total Wine.   It bases the number of bottles needed on how many guests will be attending and the length of the event.


Guests:  100

Duration of event:  4 hours

How much wine:   100 bottles (750 ml=5 servings/bottle)

Don’t forget:

The time of year also has a direct bearing on the type of wine your guests will drink.  Yes, you have your diehard red fans but put them in 90 degree (pre-heat index temp) southern heat and many will likely switch it up and ask for a refreshing Riesling.

Also, what are you serving and what time of day is it?  Are you serving chicken and seafood?   Then consider going heavier on whites.   Is this a sit-down steak dinner?   Then consider more reds.   Is this more of an appetizer affair?   More bubbly/white is probably the way to go.   Are you having a dessert only reception?   Remember the wine needs to be just as sweet or sweeter than the dessert.

Either way, you’re offering your guests variety and alcohol.   What is there to complain about?

But at the end of the day

Pick what you like!   I spoke to a wine expert about different topics including pairing and good wine vs bad wine.   She said always go with your tastes.   You are your own best expert!

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