How To Select Wine For Your Wedding

Struggling to commit to a wine selection for you and your guests? Pour a glass and read on.

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Josh Scott knows a thing or two about wine. As Head Winemaker at Allan Scott Family Winemakers in Marlborough, he lives and breathes (and no doubt drinks) all things wine.

Wine and weddings are a beautiful combination, albeit often confusing. Deciding on what wine to serve when is another head-scratching decision a couple makes in the lead-up to the big day. We put a few questions to Josh to help ease the pain, and give us a plan:

Q: Do you think it is appropriate to have bubbles when guests arrive at a wedding?

A: In my humble opinion it would be rude not to! A glass of bubbles is a must on arrival as it provides guests with an icebreaker. For those who aren’t drinking, just holding an empty flute is enough!

Q: What is it about bubbles that inspires the party spirit?

A: As a winemaker, the traditional technique behind a Methodé Traditionnelle is reason enough to celebrate every fine bubble in a glass! The labour intensive method was originally developed in Champagne, France, and the process sees our grapes hand-picked and gently pressed before going through two fermentations, followed by the traditional riddling and disgorging process.

When a bottle of bubbles is opened properly, the wine “pops” into life and you’re immediately met with toasty, yeasty characters that always bring back memories of celebration for me. Our Methodé Traditionnelle, Cecilia, is a constant companion at family celebrations, and will always be connected to special times where we are able to gather as a family. It’s the bottle that has been present at many family weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

Q: If you had to pick one white wine varietal and one red wine varietal only for a summer wedding, what would you choose?

A: For a summer wedding, I would suggest going with a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir. Simple, and it will please 99 per cent of people.

Q: If you had to pick one white wine varietal and one red wine varietal only for a winter wedding, what would you choose?

A: For a winter wedding, I would suggest a big buttery Chardonnay and a Central Otago Pinot Noir, such as our Scott Base that features aromatics of ripe cherries, raspberries and wild thyme.

Q: Which red varietal would you recommend for pairing with a summer evening menu?

I would recommend Pinot Noir, as it’s a great variety for all occasions and most will enjoy it. Our Scott Base Pinot Noir is bold enough to be matched with hearty gamey dishes, and also pairs well with summer salads, or even a chocolate mousse!


Allan Scott Vineyard and Restaurant is a beautiful setting to be married. Take a look at their celebrations here.


Q: What are some typical patterns you see when couples are planning wine for their wedding at Allan Scott winery?

A: As our winery is based in Marlborough, it’s all about our Estate Sauvignon Blanc for our wedding guests. It’s a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – crisp, fresh and tasty, it’s also my favourite! For Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Sauvignon Blanc is the bread and butter that roots deeply in the Jacksons Road soils. It’s the varietal that set the wine world on fire almost thirty years ago.


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