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“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Cheers to the happy couple! But what do you choose and how many glasses, bottles and bubbles do you need to pull off that perfect party? To determine the right amount of the right stuff at the right price, consider the number and preferences of your guests, the type of party/reception, and even variables like the time of year. Obviously you need to have a good estimate of how many adults will attend the party, but it’s also very helpful to know if they are beer drinkers, or do most prefer wine? Do you plan to offer cocktails? If so, do you want a full bar or is one signature cocktail sufficient? Focusing on beer and a refreshing white wine are preferable in the summer months, while a full-bodied red wine is a good bet in the cooler months. The professionals at Wagner Wine & Spirits suggest the following:
1 – 750 ml bottle of wine = 5 glasses
1 – 750 ml bottle of champage = 6 flutes
1 – 750 ml liquor = about 18 drinks
Most guests will consume two drinks during the first hour of the party, and one drink during subsequent hours. If you serve wine, beer, and cocktails, you can anticipate that 50% of your guests will prefer wine, 30% beer, and 20% cocktails. If it’s wine and beer only, plan on 60% wine sippers and 40% beer drinkers. If you have a four-hour reception for 100 people, and serve wine and beer only, you would need five cases of wine (perhaps two red, two white, and one champagne) and 200 beers (8 ½ cases).
Lucky for you, the experts over at Wagner Wine & Spirits were kind enough to share some of the best (affordable) bottles they have right now.
Montes Cabernet - 90 points & top 100 wine of 2016 from Wine Spector. Value priced. Flavors of blackberry & dark plum, it's well balanced and crisp.
Folie a Deux Chardonnay - from Russian River in Sonoma. 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Lush pear & pineapple with hints of nutmeg & vanilla.
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé & Brut Prestige - top 100 wine from Wine Spectator. Sure to make your celebration pop!
Want something sweet? Try one of these:
Umberto Fiore - Moscato d'Asti
Mondoro Asti - Italian Sparkling Wine
Sequin - Delicately bubbled Moscato
Wagner Wine & Spirits
Paducah’s Premier Wine and Craft Beer Store
2700 New Holt Road #B Paducah, KY 42001
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We'll cheers to that!