Wedding planning ain’t easy. The big day has one million and one details to account for, but none more memorable than the food and wine served. It’s tricky to hit all the marks when narrowing down your choice in grape—budget-friendly, delicious and enjoyed by the whole wedding party.
It can be easy to sacrifice quality for price, or the stress of it all makes it an easy hand off to the caterer. Instead, we want to introduce you to Charles Krug and La Crema, two California wine brands producing exceptional reds and whites at a price that’s hard to beat:
A Sauvignon Blanc is key to any wedding menu. This light to medium-bodied wine displays vibrant, finely balanced acidity with notes of lime and grapefruit—perfect for an outdoor or indoor reception. The wine is cold fermented to further enhance its aromatic bouquet and delicate flavor profile of citrus and passionfruit.
When half the wedding guests check off the filet mignon on their RSVP, a round, tannic Merlot is the perfect fit to pair. The Napa Valley Merlot offers expressive aromas of ripe red and black fruit followed by hints of spice. Flavors of berry and cherry which linger on the palate through a long, smooth finish.
*Charles Krug is one of five wineries allowed to host weddings.
Chardonnay is a natural pick for any wedding and La Crema’s cool-climate Montery Chardonnay is an especially good for summer nuptials. With lemon drop, stonefruit and honeydew melon on the palate, the wine is richly textured and concentrated with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish.
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2016 ($23)
A racy and full-bodied, cool-climate Pinot Noir, this wine showcases the benefits of having the grape spend more time on the vine. Wedding guests will fall in love with the aromas of black plum, cherry and rhubarb. Juicy with a balanced acidity, flavors of raspberry and blood orange make for a richly textured wine.
A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without Rosé. With notes of Mandarin, pink grapefruit and guava on the nose, this exceptional Pinot Noir Rosé offers flavors of watermelon, strawberry and blood orange, complimented by undertones of minerality.