For your wedding, the choice of Wine design, champagne is a real headache, especially when you don't know anything about it! Well, the positive point is that France is well placed in this area. Here are 6 tips to help you choose wine and champagne for your wedding.
How to choose the right champagne?
First of all it is important to give yourself a budget and try to stick to it. Just like the wedding caterer , the choice of champagne and wine is a determining criterion for the success of a wedding. How many cocktails and wedding dinners leave a bitter taste by the lack of attention given to this position... In the first place, a good champagne is recognized by the delicacy of its bubbles, the gold of its dress and the harmony of its mouth. The balance between its acidity and its roundness will be decisive and the finish should be refreshing.
The wines labelling (whether white or red) should be the perfect allies of the dishes on which they will be served. Again it is a question of balance. For a wine and a dish to match, they must:
- Balance in terms of power (ex: a powerful wine on game). A common mistake is to combine all types of cheese with red wine, while the majority of our French cheeses (including Camembert) go much better with white wines.
- Balance on the structure (ex: a lively wine on oysters, a fatty wine on langoustines). On this point, understanding the consistency of the dish will prove to be a serious asset when choosing the wine.
- Match their aromatic palette (eg: a Chateauneuf-du-pape with a pepper entrecote). Understanding and recognizing the aromas of wine is a long process that requires a little method, but above all practice. A word of advice: rather than tasting by region, learn to recognize the typical aromas of the grape varieties. Compare together a 100% Pinot Noir (Burgundy), a 100% Cabernet Franc (Loire) and a 100% Syrah (Rhône). This will allow you to distinguish the distinct aroma families of these three major regions.
How to successfully taste it?
It is very easy to have a successful tasting if you apply a little method. The first thing is to leave your assumptions aside (especially on the label), the best way to do this is to taste blind (a sheet of newspaper to roll up the bottle and voila!). Then, we use clean glasses of ovoid shape (note: avoid the flat glasses of champagne which were used in the last century and which will not enhance the champagne at all), taking care to hold them by the foot so as not to heat up the contents.
To taste well is first of all to compare! Serve all the Wedding wines at the same time (if possible) from left to right (being careful not to mix the glasses). Examine, smell and then taste (preferably in silence, not to give a solemn side, but not to let yourself be influenced by the comments of your neighbors). Remember to leave a little wine in each glass to be able to come back to it later. Bring a little bread and water to cleanse your palate. Finally discuss the impressions felt.
How not to make mistakes in your choices?
The choice of champagne and wine must be made on a collegial basis, taking into account everyone's opinion , budget requirements , etc. Many parents or members of the bride and groom's family have a "good plan" for wine or champagne. But that does not mean that the bride and groom have to take the same wine. On the contrary, an order of wine for a wedding can be the occasion to discover a small winegrower who goes up !
What quantities should you expect for wine and champagne?
Just like the wedding budget to be determined, the quantity to be planned is essential for the success of your marriage (neither too much nor too little). For that, it is advisable to wonder if the champagne will be served only at the cocktail party or also at the evening or even at the brunch the next day (if there is one). Same reasoning for wine.
Do not hesitate to consult all our advice to calculate the ideal quantity of alcohol for your ceremony .