Great Wines for Wedded Bliss


Bride & Groom | Champagne Toast

Photo by
Lauren&Abby Photography


Today’s Guest Blogger is Erin Henderson, one-half of Toronto’s Wine Sisters (yes, they’re actually sisters), a premium wine events company that takes your events from standard to sparkling! The Wine Sisters specialize in wine tastings, hospitality training, party planning, and private, customized tours of wine country. Who better to discuss your wine selections for your wedding celebration?!

Take it away Erin:

We spend a lot of time helping brides-to-be and their betrothed celebrate their upcoming nuptials with wine tastings and tours, as well as consult to help them find just the right tipple to greet them as they enter the land of Mr. and Mrs. Previously, we worked for some of Toronto’s premier venues where we coordinated more than our fair share of wedding ceremonies and receptions. And still, despite years working the wedding scene, it never fails to boggle my mind the number of choices facing brides today: a contemporary or traditional dress?, chicken or beef?, DJ or band?

There’s an amazing number of decisions to be made, and, as with everything wedding, even the wine decisions can leave the bride and groom in serious need of a stiff drink.

Understandably, the lucky couple will want to honour their guests with the best they can afford, but just as understandably, the economic reality of keeping the Dom Perignon flowing for 250 people means many Just Marrieds will have to look for reasonable facsimiles. If I was going to the chapel, I would ditch the notions of champagne and pricey reds and whites. Your friends and family are there to see you, not judge the wine … and chances are if they’re anything like my loved ones, if it’s an open bar, they’re going to suck it up like water in a desert, no matter what you’re serving.

Going with the options below are sure-fire winners in our books.

You’re going to need sparkling for sure. C’mon, this is a celebration of the biggest day of your life! If you’re not going to drink it now, when will you?

Trius Brut Sparkling, VQA Niagara Peninsula $24.95 LCBO 284539

Elegant, yet lively, this bubbly has aromas of baked apple, light toast and flint. Medium bodied with crisp acidity and a lengthy finish, this is a terrific all-around sparkler that will go with anything from mixed passed hors d’oeuvres to seared scallops or roast chicken.  


For white and red wine, I try to go for crowd pleasers: yes, Aunt Mabel will only drink oaky chardonnay, and yes, crazy cousin Beth just loves Aussie Shiraz, but they’re not the only guests at the party.

Inniskillin Pinot Grigio, VQA Niagara Peninsula 2013 $14.95 LCBO 348979

A fresh wine with lovely flavours of fruit cocktail, peach and stone fruit, this is an easy drinking white that goes with most wedding fare from chicken to pasta.

Ruffino Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2012 $15.95 LCBO 1743

A well made and well priced Chianti with a savoury nose of earth, mushroom and red cherry spice. Medium to full bodied with grippy tannins and bright acid with flavours of chocolate covered cherry, cassis, wild herb and spice cupboard. A great pick for pastas in tomato sauce, veal of beef.

Each of these wines is a tasty and affordable option, sure to please most of your wedding guests. And, two of the three are local! So relax and enjoy your special day.


Cheers to Erin for helping to demystify wedding wine choices. Click here for a look at The Wine Sisters’ Wedding and Engagement Packages. And click here to follow The Wine Sisters blog.


Leave a Reply