The Ultimate Wedding Wine Guide
Who’s excited for wedding season!? I’m EXTRA excited this year because I’m planning my own wedding! As I’ve been preparing for the big day, so many people have asked me which wines are best for serving at weddings. Let’s be honest, with so many great options out there it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to begin. So to make your lives easier, I’ve created my “Ultimate Wedding Wine Guide” to help you narrow down your list. I’ve selected each of these wines and brands based on consistency, quality, and “crowd-pleaser” characteristics because we all know that serving a large group of people can be a challenge. With that being said, I’m VERY excited to share with you my Ultimate Wedding Wine Guide with 50+ amazing wines that will be a sure hit with your wedding guests.
- Mâcon-Villages ($12-14) – Light and drinkable by even the most discerning palates. Even better when enjoyed with food.
- Beaujolais-Villages ($12-14) – Similar to the Mâcon-Villages, this red wine is light and approachable, One of my favorite red wines to pair with food.
- 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($20) – Crisp, bright, and balanced. Great with fish or poultry,
- 2016 Pinot Noir ($26) – Soft tannins and bright acidity. This pinot noir would be great alongside stuffed mushrooms or steak.
- 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (32) – Aromas of blackberry and coffee. Full of vanilla, caramel, and spicy flavors. Great pairing with short ribs.
The Prisoner Wine Company
- The Prisoner ($47). As the #1 most recognized red blend in the country, The Prisoner is a true crowd pleaser (even among wine savvy celebs like Kate Mara and Lady Gaga). The wine’s persistent flavors of ripe red fruits like raspberry and pomegranate linger harmoniously with notes of vanilla and pair beautifully with classic menus of roasted chicken or flank steak.
- The Snitch ($35). The Snitch tears through the typical Chardonnay stereotype with its bright, enlivening, approachable and crisp flavors of fresh tropical fruit on the nose. The wine has a richness that which is balanced by bright acidity and can be served alongside dishes from light hors d’oeuvre at happy hour to slices of cake during the reception
Frank Family Vineyards
- Sparkling Brut Rosé ($55) A delicate, romantic, and beautiful sparkling rose. Tastes of strawberry sorbet and orange peel. Perfect bubbles for kicking off a day of wedding festivities.
- Carneros Chardonnay ($38): Aromas of toasted brioche and baking spices. Full-bodied, creamy, and balanced.
Vino by Casasmith
- Rosé ($14) – Fresh, vibrant, and extremely versatile. Great quality for an amazingly afforable price.
- Pinot Grigio ($14): Notes of granny smith apple and smooth melon. Great depth and incredible value.
- Vino Rosso ($14) – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 30% Sangiovese. Fruit forward, mouth-watering, and tasty for all palates.
- 2016 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($58) – Lush fruit with lively flavors of wild strawberry and cherry. An exceptional pinot noir that is perfect for celebrating your special day.
- 2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot ($56) – An iconic Merlot that will always be one of my favorites. Juicy, silky, and consistent.
- 2015 Paraduxx Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine – ($50) – Rich, full-fruit flavors with soft tannins which makes it very approachable and delicious.
- Gundlach Bundschu 2017 Gewurztraminer ($25) – Pairs well with a variety of cuisines, impress wedding guests by serving a unique varietal they may not have tried or tasted before.
- Gundlach Bundschu 2017 Mountain Cuvee ($20) – Bordeaux- inspired blend that is smooth, approachable, and balanced. Great choice for weddings.
Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses
- Rosé ($11.99) A classic fresh rose with a pale pink color, floral notes, and hints of grapefruit
HALL / Walt Wine
- Napa Valley Cabernet ($40) – Hall makes exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons. This Cab is a great quality with a rich texture and velvety tannins.
- 2016 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($44) – WALT makes great Pinot Noir which is why I couldn’t choose just one under this label. This one has a fruit forward palate with flavors of red berry compote.
- 2016 WALT Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($44) – Medium body, light tannins, and bright acidity. Great match with a variety of foods.
- 2017 Estate Pinot Blanc ($25) – Originally from Alsace, France, the Pinot Blanc varietal makes a light, crisp wine perfect for a light lunch
- Pinot Noir Rose ($30) – This still wine is produced using Pinot Noir grapes which give it the bright acidity with subtle aromas, and a crisp but dry mouth feel.
- Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($40) – Refined and elegant Pinot noir from Russian River.
- Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($23) – Flavors of apricot, honeydew, and gala apple. Balanced acidity with a lingering finish.
Buena Vista Wine
- Arpad’s Selection Zinfandel ($42)– Dark fruit aromas with spicy notes of ginger. Rich flavors, bright acidity, and great on its own.
- Trousseau Gris ($28) – White wine originating from France with balanced acidity and lovely finish. Great option if you’re looking for something unique and delicious.
2014 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon ($56) – There’s no question that that Jordan makes great quality wines. Rated “Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style” by Wine Enthusiast. Smooth, velvety, and delicious.
- 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ($27) – Aromas of black fruit and spice. Medium-plus bodied with flavors of red fruit,
- Zinfandel ($30) – Spicy, fruit, and perfect for pairing with BBQ.
- Sauvignon Blanc ($16) – Crisp and bright citrus fruit. Perfect pairing for cheese, seafood, and appetizers.
Adelaida – Paso Robles
- Viking Vineyard Cabernet Sauv 2011 ($25) – Blueberries, berry compote, and raspberries on the palate. Great pairing for red meat.
- Syrah Block 6 Reserve 2009 ($45)- Well received by critics for obvious reasons. Aromas of dark chocolate with smooth tannins.
- Muscat Dessert Wine ($35) – This sweet wine would be a fun one to serve at the end of a meal with dessert. Tastes of honey and orange marmalade.
- Three Otters Pinot Gris ($20) – Aromas of green apple, honeysuckle, fennel, and lime zest. Has a medium-bodied, rounded palate with pear, honey, and melon.
- Three Otters Pinot Noir ($22) – Bright and energetic Pinot Noir with notes of cherry and raspberry. Great pinot from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Iron Horse Vineyards
- 2014 Classic Vintage Brut ($45) – Considered the “flagship” of Iron Horse bubbles. Notes of orange marmalade and baked apple. Tastes of ripe red apple, mandarin orange and hazelnut.
- 2014 Wedding Cuvee ($45) – I mean, it has the word “wedding” written in the name. It’s one of Iron Horse’s “most romantic” bubblies with its beautiful pink color and tiny bubbles.
Red Car Wine
- 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir ($28) – A crisp, lively style of rose that will complement most appetizers and dishes.
- Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($20): Silky palate with aromas of cherry, pomegranate, and wild strawberry.
- Cabernet Sauvignon ($26): Great quality cabernet for a great price. Awarded 92 points by James Suckling. Medium bodied with dark juicy fruit.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
- Sofia Blanc de Blancs ($19) – A light, sparkling wine with a feminine flair. Fruity, refreshing, and vibrant.
- Cyrano ($45 Sonoma County) – 91% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 1% Syrah. French inspired wine with spicy accents and vibrant aromas.
- 2013 Sparkling Brute Rose ($42) – This delicate and delicious sparkling rose received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and would be a great sparkling wine to enjoy for a special toast.
- 2015 Pinot Noir Burnside ($44) – Bright, juicy, and earthy with crisp red fruit flavors.
- 2015 Chardonnay ($28) – Balanced, bright, and complex. Great quality chardonnay for just about any occasion.
- 2016 Trigger Finger ($42) – Deep hue in color and aromas of candy. Open and inviting to any occasion.
- 2017 Abstract ($28) – Blend of granache, syrah, and petite sirah. Complex blend great for meals with red meat. A little bit goes a long way with this red wine.
- 2017 Veladora Sauvignon Blanc ($28) – Robust tropical flavors and silky smooth white wine.
L’ Ecole No 41
- 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla – $39) – Elegant, sophistcated, and all-around delicious cabernet sauvignon from Washington.
- 2016 Semillon ($15) – Rich white wine with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity. Not only a great price but also perfect for pairing with food.