Two of my favorite things… wine and weddings! There are so many ways to incorporate wine and wine related elements into your wedding. But for right now, I’m just going to share how we decided to include several of our favorite wines at our wedding without paying a fortune on corkage fees. It was important to us to get married at a vineyard and when you get married at a vineyard, you have to serve their wines or pay a corkage fee on every bottle that is not theirs. We were pretty happy with our venue’s wine but because we are such wine lovers, we had several other favorite wines that we wanted to share but didn’t want to pay a corkage fee for numerous cases of wine. So we chose 14 different bottles of wines that were special to us for one reason or another and placed a bottle at every table. For instance, our table had a signed bottle of Saarloos & Sons Bubbly, which, incidentally, was the only bottle of sparkling wine at our wedding. This wine was very special to us, not only because we love Keith and his wines, but because we opened a bottle on the night we got engaged. On the back of every menu, we wrote information about the wine and why it was special to us. This way, we got to share our favorite wines with our personal feelings or story about each wine and we only had to pay a corkage fee for those 14 bottles of wine.
During dinner service, we went around to each table to share a taste of the wines with everyone. While we did that, we took a picture with everyone at the table. It was a nice opportunity to share a few moments and to share the wine with them. It was also a good way to get at least one picture with everyone at the wedding.
It meant a lot to us to be able to share these wines with our family and friends. Here is a list of all the wines we shared…
Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay
Chateau Montelena Cabernet
Demetria Cuvee Constantine
Frank Family Reserve Zinfandel
Jaffe Estate Transformation
Melville Estate Pinot Noir
Orin Swift Mercury Head
Orin Swift The Prisoner
Saarloos & Sons mrS. Pinot Noir
Tobin James Petit Syrah
Vines on the Marycrest My Generation
Vines on the Marycrest Summertime