What is a wedding if not belief in the future?
Looking at Rhiannon and Scott, surrounded by family and friends who gathered to rejoice in this moment, you can’t help but believe.
I have often written about Maine (likely because it often includes the imbibing of a fair amount of wine). What made this wedding so special – they chose to begin their future in a place that honours the bride’s past.
Rhiannon, her siblings and my girls – along with a host of others, have spent precious days together on that beach for 25 years.
The catch in Rhiannon and Scott’s voices as they spoke their vows.
The relief that some of us felt (OK it wasn’t ONLY me) that we were thankfully wearing sunglasses so those tear-filled eyes wouldn’t show.
What does this have to do with wine?
Wedding wine, of course – the challenge of making choices that will have everyone coming back for more.
Last summer, while making our way through scores of bottles, during our week at the very same beach , one evening was devoted to the tasting of potential wedding wines.
Among the 10 of us, we had plenty of familiarity drinking wine and a fair amount of experience attending weddings. Testing wines is a tough job, but that’s what friends are for.
Where do you start?
- Set your budget. Parents Sandra and Randy wanted to spend somewhere between $10-20 a bottle. Extremely attainable.
- Pick your varietals. After much discussion which included the merits of Merlot and the shunning of Chardonnay (wrongly so) – the plan was a Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
- Find an expert: Erin from Old Port Wine Merchants and Cigar Shop in Portland couldn’t have been more helpful. She had great suggestions and if there was something Sandra was looking for that she didn’t carry or didn’t fit the budget – Erin found something with a matching flavour profile.
Here’s what they settled on:
2012 Cameron Hughes Monterey County Chardonnay $16.00
2013 Scaia – Veneto 2013 Garganega/Chardonnay $9.95
2013 Angeline Pinot Noir California 2013 $10.99
2013 Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County $14.00
Excellent choices to celebrate with dear old friends, raise a glass with new ones and toast to Rhiannon and Scott’s future. A Once Upon a Time kind of day that will undoubtedly end with Happily Ever After.
Value added suggestion:
One of the many times husband Steve and I visited the tasting bar at the Summerhill LCBO, a couple planning their wedding told us about Luccarelli Primitivo Puglia IGT – $10.95. Turns out it is the most popular wedding wine. Though now Steve thinks all young couples we meet at the tasting bar are picking wedding wine – which can prove to be occasionally awkward but awfully fun.