Wedding Wine, Part Two

Sometimes Sparky surprises me by putting in a lot more thought into something than I have. While “buy wine for the wine box” was on our to-do list, it wasn’t really on my radar. Since Sparky is the wine guy, I assigned him the task of figuring out what bottle we would seal with our love letters during our ceremony. After I gave him that task, it fell off my radar completely.

Until Sparky brought it up, that is.

You see, Sparky had taken the task to heart and had put a lot of thought into figuring out a wine that was meaningful to us and that would still be good in five years. The producers of the wines came as no surprise, but when he said “We need to find 2007 vintages, since that’s the year we got together” I could have melted. The man is pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.

So. What wines are we considering?

First up: DeLille Grand Ciel, 2007

Via DeLille Cellars

DeLille is one of our favorite wineries and we actually looked at it as a potential wedding venue. I also used to joke, every time we went to the chateau for a release or tasting, that “this is where we would get married.” DeLille was almost the location of Sparky’s proposal on 1/1/2012. He decided not to propose because our dog had kept us up most of the night with intermittent barking and because he felt weird proposing in front of the staff member present at our private tasting.

This could have been the first picture of our engagement

Next up: Waters Loess Syrah, 2007

From Waters Winery

Waters is, hands down, our favorite winery in Washington and probably my favorite period. We try to make it out to Walla Walla at least once a year for a tasting event. If we had been willing to ask our guests to travel five hours outside of Seattle (or fly into a TINY airport), we could have gotten married at Waters. We’re wine club members there and it would have likely been a lovely place to get married.

All of Waters’ wine is delicious (whites, reds, and roses), but the Loess holds a special place in my heart. Sparky and I have many happy memories of this and many other Waters’ wines, including a memorable farm-to-table dinner in the dark with BM Apple Pie and GM Waffle where I babbled on about the different types of tuna and Apple Pie described the wines in terms of romance novels.

This picture of Sparky at Waters still makes me laugh every time I see it.

Final option: Baer Ursa, 2007

Via Cellar Tracker

This is one of the first wines Sparky and I drank together when we were just friends and it was the first red wine that I actually liked. It was also the wine we were drinking the night that Sparky first kissed me and I discovered that he had feelings for me. In light of that, it would not be a stretch to say that this wine is a direct facilitator of our wedding (since who knows if Sparky would have had the courage to speak up otherwise?). Baer is also the only other winery (the other being Waters) that we are wine club members of. We go to every release, which is made easy because they’re in Woodinville, about a half an hour from our house.

It’s the wine we busted out during our engagement photos. Copyright Love Song Photo

When Sparky told me his suggestions, I wasn’t much of a help as to a decision. They’re all meaningful in their own way! Most likely we’ll end up with either the Baer Ursa or the Waters Loess, which would be great because we could take bottles from our collection since we already own them. Sparky had the idea of having the bottle signed by the winery (which we could DEFINITELY get from Waters and probably also from Baer and DeLille). I’m not sure what we’ll end up with, but I’ll be excited no matter what.

If you had a wine ceremony (or are having one) how did you choose your wine?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
Quest for the Dress: Finally!
Gallery of the Day: August 16, 2013
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  1. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:00 am

    Your Sparky is so thoughtful to get wine from 2007! Your wine sounds delicious.

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    jennyg34 52 posts, Worker bee @ 7:03 am

    I love that wine is special to your relationship (we have that in common), and I am so insanely jealous that you live in an area that is within driving distance of good wineries! (I live in Florida….boo) I commend you for incorporating wine into your ceremony, and I can’t wait to hear more about it! And, I love the pictures in your post. What great memories you have made together! Although my husband and I did not have a wine ceremony, we ordered special (sentimental) wines for our reception, and made sure our photographer took pictures of the bottles on the table. We had two of them left afterwards, which are now safely kept in our wine fridge at home. We’re planning to open them on our 1st anniversary. Cheers!

  3. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:16 am

    @Miss Gondola: He is really thoughtful!
    @JennyG34: Cheer to you! You should come to Washington and check out our wine country! 🙂

  4. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:42 pm

    Aaaaand now I’m thirsty. 😉 I love that all of your choices have meaning!

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    CoCo, Guest @ 2:25 pm

    Having grown up on a vineyard, I am massively into wine and we also had a wine ceremony at our wedding. Here in California, 2007 was a FANTASTIC year so I can’t think of a better vintage year to use in your ceremony! For ours we picked a wine from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in France which is where we honeymooned. The bottle we chose was a La Fiole du Pape from Père Anselme which is one of the only bottles of wine in the world to have no vintage year. I will be happy/sad when we drink it on our 5th anni.

  6. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:37 pm

    @Miss Wellies: Thanks! He did really well with the options!
    @CoCo: It’s going to be awesome, though!

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    Olivetobe 66 posts, Worker bee @ 11:49 pm

    Great post. We did a wine ceremony as well, and worked with a sommelier to choose wines that would get BETTER with age, and not just survive 5 years. (Like our marriage, hopefully.)

    Of course, we also don’t live in a wine region! 🙂

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:42 pm

    I vote Baer, I really like the meaning behind it, and you sound more excited about it. Yay sparky, so thoughtful 🙂

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