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Did you know that, every weekend, an average of 44,230 weddings take place? A lot of planning goes into putting on a wedding, and the fact is that when you’re planning a wedding, you’re essentially planning a large party. This doesn’t mean that weddings get out of hand — but there is usually an expectation, as there is with any party, that alcohol will be served. Perhaps the most popular type of alcoholic beverage to be served at a wedding is wine. This is because wine is universal — almost every alcohol drinker has a wine that they at least like and probably love. Wine has a relatively low alcohol contact, which means that it’s easier for the body to process, and while it’s known for helping people relax, it’s harder for wedding guests to get drunk one wine compared to liquors. Certainly, you don’t want a large number of drunk guests at your wedding; but you still want to provide something to drink. Wine is therefore a great compromise. But there are so many different types of wine and spirits to choose from. You should be selective when perusing wine stores, choosing the types of wine that you feel accurately represent your tastes, while also appealing to your guests. Let’s look into some tips on choosing the right wines for your wedding.
1. Go Red AND White
When browsing wine stores, it’s likely that you’ll gravitate towards red or white wine — most people prefer one over the other. 2014 Nielsen scan data indicates that Americans typically prefer red wine, at 51% of the dollar volume sold. White is second at 46%, and rose comes in a distant third at 6%. Red wine is typically known for being more acidic than white wine, while rose is often seen as a marriage of different traits of the two. No matter what specific type of wine you prefer, you’ll want to provide at least one red and one white for the sake of your guests. Of course, the most popular varieties of wine are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. But do these wines need to be selected for your specific red and white? Not necessarily. Chardonnay and Merlot aren’t necessarily advisable, as they can overwhelm certain popular wedding foods, especially those served at cocktail hour. For that matter, they have higher alcohol contents. While looking through wine stores, consider perhaps something like Sauvignon Blanc as your white and Pinot Noir for your red. But again, go for what you like at the end of the day. There’s no right or wrong way to choose a wine.
2. Feel Free To Experiment
There are time-honored traditions when it comes to wine — in fact, wine-tasting is considered something of an art, and has been for decades. With that being said, you don’t have to stick to a particular rule when choosing a wine for your wedding. Usually, people see white wine as going with chicken and fish, while red is better with red meat. But the fact is that you don’t have to stick with these rules if you don’t want to. Ask the employees at the wine stores that you visit about what they might pair with your menu, and feel welcome to experiment with wine. You might even want to try a wine that you’ve never tasted before — and if it pairs well with your wedding menu, go with it.
3. Consider The Personal Details
While a wine doesn’t have to be personal to include it in your wedding — you might want to think back on wines that bring up personal memories. For example, what was the first wine you shared with your partner? Is there a wine that is heavily associated with your heritage, or the place you’re from? What about wines that come from local vineyards? People love to hear stories behind wines, so don’t hesitate to include personal details.