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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Christmas fizz which isn’t prosecco or champagne!

glass of bubbles, christmas fizz

Prosecco and Champagne can take centre stage at the office Christmas party, family gathering or girlie night  – but here’s some other Christmas fizz ideas which will fit the bill.

Provetto Spumante Bianco Brut (10.5% abv £4.99, Bargain Booze) This wine achieves the wow factor when used as a cocktail mixer. It’s a great way to add some festive sparkle to party drinks such as bellinis and mimosa-style creations. It’s not over-complicated but for a fiver it can be a fizz that gets the party started.
Christmas fizz score: 2/5

SPAR Cava Rosado (11.5% abv, £6) When you’re in a rush and you need a pink fizz you won’t go far wrong if you pick up this in your travels. It’s a pretty little thing, a strawberry pink, with soft aromas of fresh strawberries and just an edge of complexity which a cava brings to the party. In fact, why not take it to a party. For £1 more, buy SPAR’s Perlezza Rosé, which is a blush of pink bubbles to please any hostess.
Christmas fizz score: 3/5

The Society’s Cava Brut Reserva (12% abv, £8.25, www.thewinesociety.com) One of my friends said this wine was her “new fave”. You can’t beat cava. I love it. This crisp appley number is made from the traditional cava grapes parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo with a touch of chardonnay. It is rounded, squidgy and scrumptious – and at the same time remains elegant, in balance and with long-lasting flavours.
Christmas fizz score: 5/5

Codorniu Gran Crémant Vintage Brut Cava (11.5% abv £9.99 the Co-op) This wine has been developed exclusively for the Co-op. The label shouts class – then it has a complex, soft, fruity character which just can’t be mirrored by a simple prosecco. A fleck of toast nudges past pears and stone fruit on the nose, and to taste apples, lemons and stone fruit are soft but vibrant.
Christmas fizz score: 4/5

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Langlois Brut Crémant (12.5% abv, £13.50, winetrust100.co.uk) A wine with mmmmm factor.  This bottle of bubbly heaven is better than many of the champagnes on the market and costs a lot less, so you could even be cheeky and treat yourself to two bottles. It has a lovely creamy taste that will pop your cork. The label is owned by Champagne Bollinger.
Christmas fizz score: 5/5

The Chalk Valley English Sparkling Wine (12% abv, £14.99, aldi.co.uk and selected Aldi stores) This is an exclusive blend developed between Aldi’s wine team and Denbies’  winemakers. It has good citrus and apple aromas with a hint of spring flowers and a crumble of brioche; to taste it is tongue-tingling dry with a hint of creamy texture and apple flavours balance well with a shiver of acidity.
Christmas fizz score: 3/5

Montes Sparkling Angel (12% abv, £15.50 www.oddbins.com) This is the first sparkling wine made by Viña Montes and they’ve used the traditional techniques which create champagne. It is a blend of pinot noir (70 per cent) and chardonnay it spends 36 months on the lees to create complexity. It’s a wine of two halves – the nose has the dry intensity of walnuts and toast; then to taste it is much lighter, with fresh citrus and subtle stone fruits.
Christmas fizz score:3/5

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

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