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Need help choosing wines for wedding reception from list (dinner menu also enclosed)


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Need help choosing wines for wedding reception from list (dinner menu also enclosed)

mikeh | May 13, 2009 11:37 AM

I'm trying to choose some wines for my upcoming wedding reception (hors d'oeuvres, three-course dinner, chatting/dancing afterwards). I'm really not sure where to begin in terms of how many different wines to choose for each portion of the event, and which particular ones to offer (this is my first time hosting a party of any magnitude that is offering wine). I have included below the menu and the wine list that I have to choose from. Any recommendations/advice is greatly appreciated:

Hors d'eouvres
-Crab Cakes with a Lemon and Dill Aioli
-Goat Cheese with Green Tomato Chutney en Croute
-Wild Mushroom Tart with Parmesan Tuile and Truffle Oil

First Course
Grilled Asparagus, Poached Shrimp, Chopped Egg, and a
Sherry Vinaigrette
Main Course
Beef Tenderloin, Fennel and Yukon Gold Gratin, Tomato
Confit, Cremini Mushrooms and a Red Wine Beef Sauce
Fresh Fruit Tart

Vegetarian meal
-Poached Bartlett Pear with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and a
Maple Vinaigrette
-Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni with Pine Nuts, Tomato
Marmalade, and a Parmesan and Rosemary Cream
-Fresh fruit tart

Whites -
Labouré Roi, Chardonnay, Vin de Pays D’Oc, France
Lange, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Four Graces, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Villa Maria, Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand
St. Supery, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California
Eberle, Chardonnay, Paso Robles, California
Loimer Grüner Veltliner, “Weinland”, Austria (1 Liter Bottle)

Reds -
Belle Provencal Rouge, Cote de Ventoux, France
Cono Sur, Pinot Noir, Central Valley, Chile
Dona Paula, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
Peirrano, Merlot, Sonoma, California
Four Vines, Zinfandel, Old Vine Cuvée, California
Tablas Creek, Cote de Tablas, Paso Robles, California
Roberts Sinskey Merlot, Napa Valley, California
Four Graces, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Hess, Cabernet Sauvignon, Allomi, Napa Valley, California

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