Olivia Spadavecchia offers some sage advice for choosing wine at your wedding, and gives some top tips on selecting the right estate for your big day
“You want wines that people know, so choose estates that people recognise,” suggests chef and wine buff Mandy Edwards. Wine can get lost at weddings as people may opt for beers or mixers, but if you choose a ‘household name’ guests are more likely to enjoy them, which is ultimately what you want.
Nederburg is a name that everyone knows and has a very good price point if you have to be careful with your budget. Wines, for example the Sauvignon Blanc and Baronne, are about R50 – R60 a bottle. Pay a visit to Nederburg’s website as it’s comprehensive with lots of ideas for food pairings.
Boschendal is another estate that everyone is familiar with, their Sauvignon Blanc was rated one of Top Wine SA’s best white wines under R100 in 2015. Boschendal also has two fantastic MCCs – Brut and Brut Rosé – at around the R150 mark.
Another wine on Top Wine SA’s list is the Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2015. With its sweet tropical fruit taste it’s an ideal pairing for grilled fish, vinaigrette-dressed salads and cheeses like feta and halloumi. Durbanville Hills also has some very popular reds and the website offers excellent descriptions of each wine and helpful suggested food pairings.
Kanonkop is known for its delicious reds, particularly the multi-award winning Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon (R300) and the Kadette Pinotage (R90). The website is easy to navigate with to-the-point fact sheets and broad food pairing themes. Other red wines to consider are Rupert and Rothschild (the absolutely delicious Classique is available through their website for R138) and the beautiful full-bodied and complex Meerlust Merlot for R230.
You can buy wine in bulk online (and get it delivered) from almost all the wine estates or through portals such as wine.co.za, cybercellar.com and makro.co.za. When you calculate quantities work on four glasses (about three quarters of a bottle) per person during the course of the reception, plus one glass of bubbly. Cheers to that!
To get more great advice about buying wine for your wedding, pick up a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of South African Wedding Inspirations.