Monday, 25 April 2011


Ahh, some wedding planning jobs are just so tough ;)  We love wine and drink probably just a little much at home so we relished in this job.  
Having had a delicious Chablis once before when it was on offer at Tesco (love those wine offers and the clubcard points helped us on our way to Honeymoon too via BA miles!)  We do love a bargain!  So this was the first wine chosen and purchased currently being stored in our attic.

Château de Ligny Chablis

"This clean and fresh white has a bouquet of apple and citrus fruits and combines the appetizing minerality of 

Chablis with hints of richness beneath."

The next wine we chose was actually found by Nik's parents as they bought the Champagne to bring up when they come for the wedding.  They managed to get some Lanson Black Label Champagne for a good price.

Lanson Black Label Champagne

Hints of spring flowers with a touch of toast and honey.

This is followed by strong fruit and balancing citrus flavours.

We finally chose a red wine and this was the only one I really wanted to be a Merlot as this has always been one of my favourites and one I believe is very easy drinking and most people like it.  We chose this one we drink fairly regularly for the same reasons.

Turner Road Reserve Merlot

Our Reserve Merlot has vibrant, jammy aromas of plums and red cherries and a soft, lingering finish.

Ripe fruit flavors complemented by just a hint of sweet, toasty oak.

We still have to chose a Prosecco as I really want to serve Peach Bellinis (my 2nd favourite cocktail after French Martinis!) along with the Champagne during the Champagne reception after the ceremony.  I'll update this post when we have chosen that one!

Today we headed to Majestic wine to order the wines and beers for our BBQ the day before.  We chose Majestic as they provide cooling buckets and offer sale or return so if we don't drink it all, we can return what's leftover.

We chose a Lager and an Ale to give people a choice but also because both our Dad's love Ales.  We went for Miller and Deuchars and some bottles of water and juice for the kids/those not drinking.

We went with the recommendations of the staff member regarding wines - just gave him an idea of our budget and he suggested a couple of wines he felt were ideal for accompanying BBQ food.  The first one definitely gets my vote as I simply LOVE the label - for obvious reasons, not only is it my favourite shade of green but it has a starfish!!  ;)

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough

A quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc sourced from a number of growers in the region. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly pressed for a lighter wine, and cool fermented for 30 days. Light and approachable in style it represents excellent value for money with layers of ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavour, and subtle green herbal notes. Enjoyable on its own as a refreshing springtime wine, this would also partner with a rice dish or prawn salad.

Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2010 Yalumba

Easy drinking, but with lashings of plummy fruit flavours and spicy aromas which make this wine perfect for Sunday roast. Medium bodied with excellent balance.

We bought one extra of each for us to try first and make sure we like them - just tried the Sauvignon Blanc while cooking tonight's Monkfish with Chorizo and it's lovely!  :)

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