I’ve been thinking about wine. Red wine, white wine, blush—any of them, just wine . . . and weddings. It’s almost Spring and love is in the air. The birds are chirping, our resident skunk is back from her winter long hiatus, and there’s a new crop of engagements and a new round of weddings.
Many newly engaged couples are looking beyond the dress and perfectly matched suits. They’re thinking more pragmatically. They're thinking, "How are we going to buy all that wine for the reception?"
Why am I thinking about this?
I’m thinking about it because I belong to a wine group. Every few months, we get together and bottle a few batches. Group wine making is a social occasion, and bottling night not only lets us take home a variety pack of reds, whites and roses, but it’s a great excuse for dinner and a night out.
It's also true that a full wine rack gives the kitchen a hint of designer chic, although I must admit, there are a few gaps in my rack. I don’t mind. Wine is a social drink—a pull a chair up to the counter, chat and prep food kind of affair.
“A fare una spaghettata” or “To eat spaghetti”
It means getting together to eat—good friends, good food, good conversation.
At the last session of our wine group the topic of weddings arose. There are four of those in the works and the brides and grooms are thinking wine, calculating the cost of brewing their own versus buying wine. The odds are coming up firmly in the DIY corner.
At the wine-making business we use, they tell me it's wedding time. They've seen an increase in couples coming in to choose their wines. Our grape expert, John, says now is when wines for summer weddings should be started. People often forget about wine when they start planning for their big day. They put off making it, not realizing that the wine they’re bottling has to sit and age.
I did a little Q & A with John on the whats, wheres, and whens of planning your wine
Check out FraserRiverWines.com and click Weddings on the menu bar
Go to MacDay Labels for more label options
Know your venue. If it has a liquor licence, you usually can’t bring in your own wine. If you do, they often charge a corking fee between $15 and $18 dollars.
If your venue is a hall, or the bar is yours, you need a special events permit. There’s information about that on our wedding link.
4 Steps to making your Wine:
Consider a white for a relaxed Al fresco lunch or a red for an evening event
Make it a fun night and bring some of the wedding party
Choose shrink wraps to match your wedding colours and complement your table
Think about bottling in half bottles and using them as wedding favours
What more do you need to know?
One last thing, don’t drink all your wine before the big day, or you may find yourself starting all over again. Cheers!
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