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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Rioja wines: Some whites and a rosé for good measure

rioja wines reviews

If you think about Rioja wines, I bet you imagine a glass of smoky red rioja with lots of vanilla and cloves and spice. Who can blame you, as 75 per cent of the wines from the Rioja region are red.  

Let’s turn the tables and try a handful of Rioja wines but not red ones … some whites and a rosé too for good measure.

Rioja wines: Aromas of a herb border

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2015 (12.5% abv, £7.99 or £6.99 in a buy six deal at Majestic) This wine is produced from viura grapes – also known as macabeo which is a key grape in cava.

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2015 rioja wines
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2015

The wine has apples and pears on the nose and a subtle aroma of a herb border. A good sip and there’s more apples and pears and a refreshing acidity which just takes the edge over the fruit flavours.  

Rioja wines: A white with personality

Fincas de Azabache Tempranillo Blanco 2015 (12% abv,  RRP £10.99 www.sandhamswine.co.uk)  This unoaked white is made from a relatively new grape variety, tempranillo blanco, a mutation of the red tempranillo grape which is the backbone of red  rioja wines.

Fincas de Azabache Tempranillo Blanco 2015 rioja wines
Fincas de Azabache Tempranillo Blanco 2015

I loved the shape of the bottle; a wine with personality before I’d even opened it. Once poured, aromas of green apple, citrus and floral dance together above the glass, then in the mouth it is well-balanced and fruity with a bright citrus finish.   

Rioja wines: Concentrated flavours

Contino Blanco 2014 (13% abv, RRP £25.45, www.waitrosecellar.com, hedonism.co.uk, The Wine Reserve) With one sip, you can tell this is an elegant well-crafted wine and yes, the price suggests that. It is a blend of three grapes – viura (80%) with malvasía and white grenache in supporting roles – from old vines which deliver more concentrated flavours.

Contino Blanco 2014 rioja wines
Contino Blanco 2014

It is partially fermented in French oak barrels then aged on its lees for six months.  The winemaker’s hard work pays dividends in creating a fresh, complex,  fruity wine, with a citrus nose and a good blend of fruit and spice which leave a pencil-sharp juicy memory on the tastebuds.

Rioja wines: A pink to make you think

Muga Rosado 2015 (13% abv, RRP £9.99 at Waitrose, Majestic and The Wine Society)  Mmmm.  One of the nicest rosés I’ve tried all summer. The grapes? Viura and tempranillo are back again, but the mainstay is garnacha (60%) which is never backward in coming forward.

Muga Rosado 2015 rioja wines
Muga Rosado 2015

It delivers a summer fruit compote of aromas, though not sickly sweet strawberry syrup; but clean, fresh, breezy and uplifting. Ooo there’s a subtlety of fruit tart pastry and a hint of spice too; then to taste the red fruits stir the senses alongside a squeaky acidity which keep the mouth a-watering.

First published in Raise a Glass, Trinity Mirror regionals August 2016

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