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Making Wine for a Wedding?

June 30, 2011

Quite often customers come in planning their weddings and wanting to make their own wines for the special occasion and also just to ask what wines would be a good choice.

After researching some Winexpert/Tim Vandergrift resources for more in depth answers I came across the following. I hope you find it helpful when making your decisions.

What to consider when making Wedding Wines:

If you do discover that it’s going to be fine for you to make and service a kit wine, the considerations will be similar to those you’d keep in mind when choosing commercial wine for the wedding. You need to decide which wines will appeal to the greatest number of people. This means that you might not be able to make your favorite wine, but rather just a good, all around table wine.
In general terms, the wine should be fruity and slightly off-dry, so more people will enjoy it. For reds, this means they should be soft and fruity, not big and bold with lots of tannins. Before you consider making any of the more powerful wines, you will really need to know your guests’ wine tastes, to be sure they actually would like them. It’s usually much safer to take a middle-of-the-road approach when it comes to flavors, fragrance, and body.

You might consider whites such as Chardonnay/Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or the
Liebfraumilch Style, while in a red you might think of the Valpolicella Style, a Merlot, or Pinot Noir.

The important thing is to check how long it will take to make the wines, and then how long they should be aged before they’ll be ready for the function. With some wines, and some types of wine kits, you might have to make them as much as a year in advance. So start get a head start if the big day is next year!

This information is good for any large gathering of people be it a family reunion or large party.


Neil, Manager (Wine Sense- Brandon)

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