Wed­ding wines that will get a great re­cep­tion

The Guardian - Feast - - News - Fiona Beck­ett

It will not be pos­si­ble, as you may re­alise with dread, to avoid the sub­ject of wed­dings over the next seven days – that wed­ding, in par­tic­u­lar. At the time of writ­ing, it hasn’t been re­vealed what the guests are drink­ing, but we do know that the fu­ture Mrs Wind­sor is par­tial to a Tig­nanello, or Tig, as she af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to it in her blog. At least we’ll have a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily who is a great wine lover.

So, what of the rest of you who are get­ting mar­ried this sum­mer and don’t have a su­per-Tus­can bud­get? For most, the pri­or­ity is to find a sim­ple, in­ex­pen­sive red and white, and, given the age and in­her­ent con­ser­vatism of the guests at most wed­dings, I’d be tempted to stick to France as a source.

Two sound buys would be Sains­bury’s Taste the Dif­fer­ence Langue­doc White and Red, both of which sell reg­u­larly at £7, but are of­ten on pro­mo­tion – the smooth, peachy white is cur­rently on of­fer at £6.25. Both are made by the clever Jean-Claude Mas, who is re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of su­per­mar­ket own la­bels.

An­other safe op­tion would be the white and red from La Vieille Ferme, a re­li­able brand from the Rhône that sells for around £7-8 in Booths, the Co-op and Waitrose. How­ever, Waitrose has them on pro­mo­tion from next Wed­nes­day for £5.99, an un­usu­ally good deal that is well worth snap­ping up. And, at 12.5% for the white and 13% for the red, they’re not overly high in al­co­hol, ei­ther, which could be a bonus if you want to avoid a car-crash of a best man’s speech, and tired and emo­tional guests.

If you be­long to The Wine So­ci­ety (mem­ber­ship of which would make an ex­cel­lent wed­ding present, in­ci­den­tally), they have a Bur­gun­dian-style chardon­nay from the Loire called Les Par­celles for £7.75 (from the 2017 vin­tage and 12%) and a pale, pretty Sain­tPourçain La Réserve Spé­ciale (12.5%) at the same price that knocks spots off most in­ex­pen­sive red bur­gundy.

For cheap fizz, you’re prob­a­bly look­ing at pros­ecco, but for a slightly more in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive, there’s the smart­look­ing Cruset Blanc de Blancs at Ocado for £8.99 or, even bet­ter, £3.49 in the Calais Wine Su­per­store. I’d def­i­nitely taste it be­fore you buy – at that price, it might be older stock than Ocado’s, or even a dif­fer­ent blend, but for a sparkling wine with a sim­i­larly soft, creamy ap­peal as pros­ecco, it’s an ab­so­lute steal.

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