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Inexpensive wines for summer wedding

jdf | Apr 14, 200801:33 PM

Hey all. Trying to get some feedback, as our caterer does not have a liquor license and we will have to choose the wines ourselves for our wedding. It will be a summer wedding with an outdoor component to it. So, we want wines that will be easy to drink on their own, yet match to the food. We are looking to have one red and one white wine. We'd like to keep it under $10/bottle but would go as high as $12 if absolutely necessary. I know there won't be too many oenophile's there, but still would like to do our best to pair the wines reasonably well. The entree choices will be either a horseradish crusted salmon or a hanger steak (not exactly sure how it will be prepared). The hors douvres, which I'm less concerned about pairing with, are a variety including puff pastry, shrimp, crab cakes, mini burgers etc.

We really like sauvignon blanc. Will that stand up to the fish? If yes, we thought the Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc might work and is priced right. Thoughts? Are we better off with a New Zealand or Chilean SB? Others have suggested Torrontes or perhaps something from Spain. What are your suggestions?

For red, what would do well with the steak but still be easily drinkable as a summer wine? How would we do with a Cotes du Rhone or a Malbec?

Any and all suggestions welcome and bonus points if you can suggest a store/distibutor in NYC. I was thinking Astor Wines as I find them knowledgable and well priced, but am open to suggestions.

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