We were at a family wedding near Dundee (Scotland) last weekend. Despite bitterly cold weather it was a very happy occasion with Shona Mackie marrying Liam Macintyre . Many factors contributed to this success but one important factor was the good and sensible choices of wine that the bride made.
The happy couple – Shona Mackie-Macintyre & Liam Macintyre-Mackie
Unless you are desperate to impress it is never worth buying expensive wine for a wedding reception. At these events people are milling around, chatting, taking photos. Yes they want a glass in their hands but all it needs to be enjoyable and drinkable. Better to choose affordable wines that can be generously poured rather than expensive ones that may have to be carefully rationed.
Shona made some good wine choices. She selected Bouvet Brut, sparkling Saumur from Bouvet-Ladubay, as both the wine for drinking straight after the ceremony and for the toasts before the meal. The Bouvet, which is a blend of mainly Chenin Blanc with some Chardonnay, was attractively citric with some weight – easy to drink several glasses and perhaps more….
With the meal Shona had chosen a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and, more unusually, opting for a Portuguese red – Porta 6.
2016 Devil’s Creek, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
2016 Porta 6, Vinho Regional Lisboa
I realise you might be expecting a tasting note for the Devil’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately I forgot to taste it – illustrates what I was saying about weddings and wine – I was too busy chatting, eating and taking phots. I did, however, have a couple of glasses of the nicely soft and concentrated 2016 Porta 6 – a blend of 50% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo in Spain), 40% Castelão and 10% Touriga Nacional – a very drinkable.
It was interesting to see that the Porta 6 was much more popular than the NZ Sauvignon Blanc. This may only reflect that guests having been drinking the sparkling Bouvet decided they wanted to move onto a red.
Clear that Liam has not only a beautiful bride but also a shrewd wine buyer…..!