Our educational session at last night's Association of Bridal Consultants' meeting was all about selecting wines for weddings. With the help of the Certified Sommelier Steven Jones from TPC Sawgrass, we learned that some wines are better for cocktail hour, some are better for dinner, and some can be used for both.
We tasted Beringer Foudners Estate Chardonnay, which is a great option for cocktail hour. It's light and crisp, but doesn't have enough body to be paired with your dinner entree. For dinner, we tried Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay. This was the #1 selling restaurant wine list wine in the US, which makes it an excellent choice to pair with a meal. The third wine was Wente "Morning Fog" Chardonnay, which had a nice balance. It was light enough to enjoy on its own, but had enough body to pair with dinner too.
When you are selecting wines for your wedding, don't automatically pick the house red and white. Talk to your catering sales manager about options; most venues would be happy to discuss wines that will compliment your meal choice. Even if they do not have a Sommelier on staff, their chef or food and beverage director can help you with your selection.
Interesting side note: On any given day, TPC Sawgrass has roughly $800,000 in wine inventory. The weeks leading up to The Players Championship make that number even bigger! That's a lot of wine.