If the thought of choosing wine to suit all your wedding guests has you reaching for the bottle, don’t worry about it, advises Wivenhoe House’s resident wine expert, Lionel Lachasseigne.
Here he uncorks some sommelier secrets to guide you through the wonders of the wine world.
“It’s highly likely you will be choosing your wine in a completely different season from your actual wedding day. What you enjoy in January might not work in June. Think about your menu when making your selection, “ he said.
“Take advice from the venue’s wine experts, sometimes spending a pound or two more can be well worth it.”
“Your wedding day will probably be a long day so pace yourself, you will want to remember it. You could begin with a German wine, which is lower in alcohol. As a rule of thumb, the more sun for the grapes the more alcoholic the wine.”
If your budget stretches to it, Lionel recommends starting with Champagne but saving money by swapping to Prosecco for the toast, by which time some of the guests may have had their fill.
“We also now have this fantastic non-alcoholic Prosecco now, so people who are not drinking, can join in the toast, he said.