Please palates with a wine selection befitting the time of year, your menu and venue with tips from Karen Fistonich, chairperson of award-winning Villa Maria Estate.
Pop the cork
“It’s traditional to serve your guests a glass of bubbly on arrival and one with the toast”, says Karen. “At least half your guests will have a second glass during the early part of the reception, before being seated. And you should be able to get between five and six glasses from a bottle.”
Cater for all tastes
Having a range of non-alcoholic beverages available for guests is a wise option. “It’s a good idea to include some soft drinks and juices along with sparkling water,” says Karen. She suggests serving ginger beer with a dash of freshly squeezed lime juice.
“To determine the amount of wine you’ll need for the reception, consider the drink options that will be available to your guests, and the number of non-wine drinkers attending,” says Karen. She gauges that an alcohol-drinking guest will consume between two and five wines during a reception.
Serve it up
“It’s advisable to ask your caterer to serve the wine to your guests rather than leaving bottles on the tables,” says Karen. “It will ensure the whites remain chilled, and help to manage the amount of wine your guests can consume.”
Go white on the night
Karen reports that white wine tends to be more popular than red at weddings, especially in the wedding high season of summer. “A trusted ratio is three bottles of white to one of red, unless you’re matching a wine with each course.”
You devise a menu that your guests will enjoy, and the same philosophy should apply to wine.