John Casella is the second generation Managing Director of the family owned Casella Wines, makers of the popular wine brand [yellow tail]. By combining passion and understanding of his heritage with a relaxed and modern Australian attitude, John has crafted wines that are extremely accessible and have wide appeal.
Wine is a very special element of the reception, helping to enhance the dining experience and to make guests feel special.
John recommends working with the reception to supply your own wine in order to avoid the venue mark-up prices and for the benefit of knowing you are offering your guests something they are likely to enjoy and that is special to you.
[yellow tail] has recently released an exceptional range of Reserve wines that have been carefully crafted to a superior level of quality. The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is a palatable $14.99. (See tasting notes below.)
When planning a wedding reception, the bride and groom must consider a large number of guests, all with different tastes and preferences. John’s solution is to provide plenty of variety.
Offer two varieties of sparkling, white and red wine. As guests arrive, offer them a sparkling white and sparkling rosé to choose from, then as the first course is being served, move on to still wine varieties. Guests who like young, crisp and refreshing white wine will enjoy the [yellow tail] Reserve Pinot Grigio and others who prefer something with a bit more weight to it will appreciate the bright fruit flavour and creamy vanilla notes in the [yellow tail] Reserve Chardonnay.
Offer two contrasting red wines such as the [yellow tail] Reserve Merlot, which has a smooth and soft texture with subtle red fruit flavours, and [yellow tail] Shiraz, a more robust and fruit forward style red wine with plenty of red cherry flavour.
It’s a good idea to offer white and red wine throughout the entire evening, rather than serve white strictly with the first course and red with the second. Allow guests to make their own rules – perhaps they would prefer a red with their chicken or fish and a white with their steak. When it comes to wine, it should be about enjoying the experience rather than worrying about the rules!
John Casella plans every event by calculating five glasses of wine per bottle. It is a much safer option to have too much wine rather than not enough, so allow for five glasses per person. Some guests might not drink wine at all so you should have a decent amount of wine left over to put in your own cellar or to send as thank you gifts to people after the wedding.
As a general rule, white wine is slightly more popular than red at an event like a wedding so the ratio should be 60white:40red. Consider your bubbles supply based on two glasses per person at the beginning of the event and another glass for everyone later on to toast the bride and groom.
Spending money carefully doesn’t have to compromise the quality of the wine you choose for your wedding. Do your research first and discover premium quality in wine such as the [yellow tail] Reserve range for an affordable RRP of $14.99 per bottle, available at all good liquour outlets. For a guest list of 100 people, allow for one bottle per person = $1,499.
For more information about [yellow tail], visit www.yellowtailwine.com