Top tips on food and wine matching
Anybody who has got married, or who is getting married, will know that enjoyable as it is, it’s also very stressful, so why not let somebody else relieve you of a tiny bit of that headache and help you select some delicious wines to enjoy on your big day.
There is a whole world of wines out there so really you are spoilt for choice, it’s just a case of trying before you buy and letting somebody help you make the right selection. Any good wine merchant should have a team of people to advise you on your selection, and should offer to organise a private wine tasting for you to try your selections to put your mind at ease, after all it is the most important day of your life. Here are some great tips on food and wine matching.
Chicken – Delicious with a New World Chardonnay, fruity Chenin Blanc, or perhaps with a juicy Pinot Noir for red wine lovers.
Lamb – Rioja is a perfect accompaniment to lamb, and we have plenty to select from. We even stock white Rioja, which is just as good a match for a white wine.
Beef – You really are spoilt for choice, Bordeaux, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, the list is endless. Personal preference is popular when it comes to beef, so why not try a few in store with us before you make your final selection.
Fish – Dependent upon the style there are several white wines that match perfectly, dry, crisp aromatic wines for white flaked fish & Shellfish, richer fuller styles for oily fish such as salmon. Beaujolais could also be the perfect red wine for your fish dish, perhaps even lightly chilled if the weather is warm outside.
Champagne & Sparkling Wines - No wedding day is complete without bubbles and there is a wide selection of multi-award winning wines for you to select from including, Prosecco, Champagne, Cava and English sparkling wines.
Basic tips to try and remember...
1) You are selecting wines for all of your wedding party, so going with something that will suit the majority is advisable. It is however your big day, so you can always select a bottle or two for the top table just for you to enjoy!
2) Always know your guests... Do they drink red or white wine? How many people will be drinking (and do you have another bar at the venue serving other drinks)? How many glasses do you think people might enjoy on the day?
3) You should normally get 6 standard sized flutes from a bottle of fizz and 4-5 glasses of still wine per bottle depending on the size of the glasses and who of course if pouring! This should help you with budgeting, and don’t forget if in doubt ask your wine merchant their advice.
4) Venues do often offer corkage as well as their own house wines, it’s advisable to sample the house wines, and then sample a selection of wines that you are thinking about taking yourself and comparing the combined prices & quality of wines available. You often find that spending £7-10 a bottle and paying corkage gives you a better quality of wine that suits you and your guests more.
5) Try to avoid extremes of flavour and styles – all of your guests might not appreciate them...
6) Budget wisely – Champagne has a romantic attachment to weddings, however sometimes it’s not always necessary. Lots of other sparkling alternatives are available and often more reasonably priced allowing your budget to stretch further when selecting your white & red wines.
This blog was written by William Waters from the Laithwaites Wine company. They offer:
- In store wedding wine tastings bespoke to your selection, for you, your partner and perhaps even a few friends or family to help with the selection process.
- Excellent discounts available
- FREE delivery in the UK
- Return up to 25% of your order (t&c’s apply)
- FREE glass hire (t&c’s apply)
Find out more information about the Laithwaites Wine wedding service here