I take the mystery out of wedding wine planning with help from Wine Trust 100

Vallete prosecco wedding wine ideas

It can be daunting not knowing how many glasses of wedding wine to serve your guests or which red wines or white wines to pour at your Wedding Breakfast. You’ll also want ideas for the best celebratory fizz  to push the boat out … and which sparkling wine might be great if you have an eye on your pocket.

Life can be so challenging. I mean, when the lovely people at WineTrust100 online wine merchants asked me if I’d like to write a series of blogs to help you with your wedding wine choices, what could I say? The answer had to be yes.

Here’s the links to my wedding wine blogs for WineTrust 100.
Enjoy.


Here’s some wedding wine fizz choices

wedding wine fizz ideas winetrust100

There’s so many styles of sparkling wines to choose from; but what could you pour to celebrate the moment you agree to get married; and which fizz would be ideal to share with guests at the wedding reception?

Read my ideas here


How Much wedding wine should you provide for Guests?

I like my Scientific Experiments. If you’re struggling to work out how much wine you might need for your special day, then drink a bottle of wine (that’s a good thing, right?) and then follow my instructions.

Read my ideas here


Which reds or whites are the best as a wedding wine

wedding wine red wine ideas

You’re never going to be able to please everyone with your choice of wines with your wedding day meal so there’s no point getting into a tizz over it. Luckily for you,  I partnered with WineTrust100 to bring you some suggestions.

Read my ideas here


A wedding wine with your cake? Well Why Not.

Don’t forget your wedding cake might be perfect with a dessert wedding wine. This late harvest riesling, pictured below,  is delicious. 


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Champagne on ice that’s great, yes please. But what’s this? Champagne WITH ice?

Moet Ice Imperial champagne with ice

I know I’m not fashionable. I only have to look in my wardrobe to know that. I don’t listen to the latest tunes and I prefer to watch a Doris Day film rather than a superhero leaping from a building dressed as a spider.

But I am what I am.

The other week I was invited to a special tasting with winemaker Marie-Christine Osselin from Moët & Chandon. I love meeting people who are at the heart of making wine, its a great chance to pick their brains.

But back to my fashion sense, or should I say awareness. We went through Moët’s range of champagnes and then … what’s this? A champagne to drink with ice? Sacre bleu!!

Yes indeedy, Moët have created Moët Ice Impérial which is designed to drink with ice (£45 Clos19.com and Selfridges, 12% abv). I’d never heard of this idea but it seems a few people have – some folks at the tasting said, oh yes, this is great, and a workpal tells me she’s seen the champers on holiday. (The workpal was on holiday, not the champagne – I don’t think it would be very good at packing a suitcase).

 

Part of me was kind of, well, why would you spoil a champagne with ice? But it’s fashion apparently. There you have it, I’m not fashionable.

Marie told our little gathering that the ice is even used as part of the blending process – this is when the winemaking team decides what proportions of each of the core champagne wines – pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay – they will use to create the flavours and style of wine they want.

I tried the champers both on its own (no ice) and with ice, together with a slice of pink grapefruit. I wasn’t a huge fan of the champagne “neat” but yes, with the grapefruit and ice it went up another level and was fruity and refreshing, but a tad sherberty. It is sweet, that’s for sure. I can imagine it being a wow in the heat of the Mediterranean sun.

Then – just days after my Moët experience, along came another wine in a similar vein. Freixenet ICE White (RRP £12.99. Morrisons, Tesco and Ocado, 11.5 % abv) is also designed to be tasted with ice.

This cava is a blend of the traditional cava grapes macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada, together with chardonnay, and has been aged in Freixenet’s cellars for up to 14 months. I chunked some ice into a bowl of a glass (my gin glass) and glugged in the cava.

Again, sweetness is king here and the fizz had aromas of honeysuckle, sweet peas and tropical fruit, with an underlying lift of vanilla and biscuit. It’s one to consider for summer afternoons on the patio.

 

Also in my glass …. I’ve moved from one chapter of my life to another. To mark it, I had a sip of more fizz. And why not. Gremillet Rose d’Assemblage Brut, (£24.99, WineTrust100, 12% abv) is a champagne made from pinot noir (70%) and chardonnay (30%) and is a lush salmon pink colour with bubbles that are happy to greet you. It has aromas of ripe strawberries and red berries and that oh-I-so-love aroma of vanilla and freshly-baked biscuits. To taste, its a fizz whizz of red fruits and citrus with a good acidity.

*Published in May 2017 in over 20 regional UK newspapers including:

Liverpool Echo – South Wales Echo – Daily Post Wales – Huddersfield Examiner – The Chronicle, Newcastle – Teesside Evening Gazette – Birmingham  Mail – Coventry Telegraph – Paisley Daily Express