After coming to grips with our catering company charging near $50 a bottle for anything resembling decent wine, my fiancee' and I decided it would be more cost effective and a lot more fun to provide the wine to our wedding ourselves.
We've settled into a white that we've always enjoyed -- Rais Baixas Burgans Albarino 2005.
We're still searching for the right red wine to pair with it though. I'll give a rundown of the dinner menu to see if that helps spark any ideas:
1st: Roasted red and golden beets with watercress, humboldt fog cheese and toasted hazelnuts.
2nd: Agnolotti (basically, fat ravioli) filled with buffala ricotta and fine herbs, tomato confit petals and chive essence
3rd: Wild striped bass with tangerines and pea tendrils
It should be noted that these wines will be served during the whole affair, so while menu pairing is a good idea it is not a deal breaker. The corkage is pretty hefty so we are capping our budget at $15 a bottle. Right now our top choice is the Lindemans 2000 Pyrus. It's a pretty heavy wine for the menu and it's got quite a bit of sediment but we like the taste and the price is right. We're also very fond of Spanish reds.
Thanks for any advice. I'm sure we'll have a good time sampling all of your suggestions.
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