What wine do you recommend?
We get asked this question A LOT. So after answering these sort of questions about a 1000 times, we’ve decided to finally start curating our own wine list recommendations!
First off, BUBBLY FOR YOUR WEDDING!
If you’re getting married soon, we’d like to introduce our #1 Glou Glou List – a bubbly wine list and quick guide that we’ve put together and believe is both practical and affordable for South Africans like us, depending on your budget and preference of course. A note that we’ve recommended traditional MCC-style wines below, not Proseccos or any other sparkling style wine.
While preparing for the wedding, Gosia and Kristen discussed the importance of supplying bubbly that doesn’t break the bank but satisfies your and your wedding guests’ palates. As Gosia works in wine, the choice of bubbly was important to her, and so they opted to pour Môreson Solitaire NV for their guests, which works out to around R180 per bottle. But of course, everyone is different.
So start by asking yourself the following questions:
1) WHAT’S MY BUDGET?
Yes, we would all love to have us some delightful Dom Perignon, but unless you are literally Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, chances are you’re going to break the bank. Let’s be realistic. You want to have good bubbly, but not great bubbly, as most people won’t be able to tell the difference and it won’t burn a flute-shaped hole in your pocket. We suggest aiming for anywhere between R100 – R200 a bottle, or something like 5% of your total budget.
SNEAKY TIP: If you want to drink Dom Perignon (or something equally glam), then assign a special bottle for the bride and groom’s table.
2) WHAT’S MY PREFERENCE?
Most people prefer a dry to slightly off-dry style. We tend to recommend a dry (BRUT) bubbly, as it will certainly please all palates and go well as a welcome drink/ toast/ party-starter. AVOID the sweet stuff. It won’t go with your food!
3) WHERE DO I PURCHASE THE WINE?
Our suggestion is to head to the cellar door of the wine farm you want, as you can often ask for a discount if you are purchasing a large amount at once. You can also look out for specials and recommendations on reliable fine wine websites like Port2Port.
If you’re still not sure, here are some of our favourite MCCs to select from, depending on your budget:
+/- R100 per bottle
Really good quality for money
EVERYONE WINS: Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel
+/- R125 per bottle
This stuff is quality and not too crazy expensive
SPLURGE: Graham Beck Bubbly
+/- R180 per bottle
Graham Beck does beautiful bubbly and has for years
FANCY AF: LE LUDE MCC Brut NV
+/- R 295 per bottle
The specialists in Cap Classique
If you have any further suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!