Grapevine Archive for Weddings
The problem at most wedding receptions is being held to ransom by the caterers. At one of the last weddings I was invited to, a slightly off-dry Prosecco was served which was so awful that the contents of most of my glass made it to a flower bed. Very discretely I should add. So what is the answer?
Champagne is still the best, but the weak pound has made it much more expensive. On the plus side though is that, because sales of Champagne have slowed down, stocks are getting more bottle age and that is having a positive bearing on the quality of the wine.
There is of course much more to bubbles than Champagne. From France, Gratien and Meyer in Saumur is excellent and even better since we have been able to make our own blend for The Society’s Celebration Crémant de Loire for example. More generally, the Languedoc appellation of Limoux has seen a lot of improvement thanks to the passing of intelligent new laws and even some consensual leadership among the producers.
Wines may bubble just as brightly elsewhere. Many of the big New World names, especially those with links to Champagne are very good. Currently we like Pelorus from New Zealand. And yes there is good Prosecco.
As for the caterers, it is always worth trying to negotiate corkage and bring your own!
This must be a good time for weddings with one done and another to go and my advice is being sought. What to drink? The bubbly is easy to do and so really is the white, but what about the reds? This is not as easy as it sounds. A wedding red should give immediate pleasure for all, without being too distracting, and yet able to cope with anything the caterers have to offer.
The answer this year could not be more simple: Beaujolais. Make sure it is 2009 Beaujolais because 2009 is quite simply the best vintage in years, even decades. Growing conditions for the fickle gamay grape had been perfect. The wines are deeply coloured, very ripe, succulent, plump, deliciously fruity and perfectly rounded. And because it is Beaujolais, the wines can even be chilled down a little.
The current list has a selection of 2009’s to choose from and, following a recent trip to the country of Clochemerle, there will be many to come over the next year or two.
Edit: This post concerns The Society’s Wedding & Gift List service. Though The Society will continue to honour existing Gift Lists, members can no longer request to set up their own Gift Lists.
If you’re already living in domestic bliss with your husband-to-be you may struggle for gift list ideas. So, why not leave practicalities aside and treat your tastebuds instead? The Wine Society has come up with an online wedding and gift list service that will allow you to raise a toast long after the big day. After all, “what could be more civilised than starting married life with a sizeable supply of good wine to drink?” asks The Wine Society’s Louise Herring. With a wide range of tipples on offer from £4.75 to £250 there’s sure to be something to suit every guests’ budget.