Choosing the perfect wine for your wedding breakfast
It is natural for a couple to want their wedding to be as perfect as it can be, from the prettiest church for the ceremony to the most practical and attractive venue for the wedding breakfast; but no celebration is complete without alcohol, and a wedding breakfast may be judged solely on the quality of the wines served.
What is a wedding breakfast?
Used only in the UK, the term wedding breakfast is the traditional name given to the first meal the bride and groom enjoy together as a married couple. Despite the inclusion of the word breakfast, the meal is rarely this. It is more often what would be considered as a lunch, or in the case of some late afternoon weddings, an early dinner.
Selecting suitable wines for a wedding should start with a wine tasting session by the bride and groom. When choosing wines to taste, the wedding breakfast menu should be considered. Certain wines go with particular foods; for example, red meat and game, such as lamb or venison, work well with full-bodied reds, while white meats and fish, such as chicken or sea bass, would be spoiled by such a robust flavour and are better partnered with white wines. It could be a good idea for a couple to attend a wine tasting day, where they can be advised by a wine expert on which wines would work best with their menu and have an enjoyable day out.
Different wines for different courses
A wedding breakfast will naturally be made up of several courses, and it is usual for different wines to accompany each course. Not only this, but couples will have to consider the preferences of their guests. Some guests may prefer red wine to white, or vice versa, regardless of the food, and so it is a good idea to provide a choice, at least for the main meat course.
Desserts are another matter altogether. Here, sweet often goes best with sweet. A sweet dessert wine will complement the sugar in a pudding and help to cleanse the palate, but a white wine is also suitable for this course.
Regarding the cheese course, a Beaujolais will go well with the stronger cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert and goat cheese, while a Chardonnay will complement these as well as a Roquefort, Cheddars and blue cheeses. Port is another traditional choice for drinking with cheese.
The finishing touch
There is no point choosing sophisticated wines for a wedding breakfast and then serving them in plastic cups. A couple should ensure that their choices of wines are served in wine glasses to suit the occasion, and this is especially the case when it comes to the end of dinner toast. Champagne is the usual drink of choice for this part of the celebration and should be served in crystal Champagne flutes. However, a less expensive alternative to Champagne is a sparkling wine, such as Prosecco or Cava, and, in truth, many guests will hardly notice the difference.