Wedding Wine

My birthday was in June and I decided to use the occasion to do two things: 1.) Clear out some of the extra wine from our wine cellar and 2.) Have our guests help us choose the wine we would be serving at the wedding.

As to the first one—Sparky is a wine collector and he has filled our house (and our offsite wine cellar) with more wine than we can currently store in an organized manner. I know, it’s a terrible problem to have. The original plan for my birthday party was to invite a bunch of friends over, have an assortment of bottles out that needed to be opened, and tell guests to pick whichever they wanted to drink.

After I sent the invite, we happened to get an email from our venue coordinator with the wine/beer list. After talking about it, Sparky and I decided to pick up as many of the bottles as we could and then do a blind tasting with our friends and have them vote on their favorites.

We had 10 wines to choose from—five reds and five whites. We will be able to have two of each.

One white we discarded immediately because it was French. Sparky and I drink a lot of Washington wine and it makes sense for us to feature it at our wedding so that our guests get to drink what we normally drink. From there, we ran around town trying to track down all the wines we could. We ended up with eight, four of the reds (CMS Hedges, McKinley Springs Bombing Range Red, Helix Merlot, and Cooper Hill Pinot Noir) and four of the whites (For a Song Chardonnay, Barnard Griffin Riesling, Barnard Griffin Fume Blanc, and Charles Smith Pinot Grigio).


A bit out of order, but this was the voting area layout.

As you can see from the above photo, we put the wines out next to each other and had the labels covered so that people could taste them for preference without being swayed by producer or type. This picture was during the reveal, which is why the labels are visable. I was a bad blogger and forgot to get a picture before we started (whoops!).


This is what the labels looked like.

After everyone tasted the wines, they voted on which two they liked best.


Final tallies

The winners of the night were the Helix Merlot (by a landslide), For a Song Chardonnay, and Barnard Griffin Riesling There was a tie between the CMS Hedges and the Cooper Hill Pinot Noir. This turns out to be an OK thing because, while we will definitely feature the Helix Merlot, we will probably pick the fifth red that we couldn’t find before the party.

Image from Sozo

The reason we plan to pick this wine is because the winery donates five meals to people who are lacking basic needs for every bottle purchased. I’ve already talked about our various charitable components, and this seems like one more lovely thing we can do. We do intend to taste it, but unless it’s terrible we’ll pick it. Hopefully the guests at the Campfire wedding will drink their fill! (We’re having unlimited beer and wine all night for guests, with liquor available during the cocktail hour.)

In addition to having the wine up for vote at my birthday party, BM Hot Buns also brought a cake for me in one of our potential wedding flavors. It was a nontraditional cake tasting for sure, but DELICIOUS.


Almond cake with fresh cherry filling and cherry buttercream



Cake + wine + friends made for an awesome birthday.

How did you choose the wine or other alcohol for your wedding?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
Linked with Love: Reception Details
Classifieds: July 17, 2013
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  1. Member
    mu_t 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:15 pm

    i wish i was friends with you guys. my kind of partyyyyy!

  2. jetsetter Bee
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 2:07 pm

    Wine & Cake? Yes, please!

    I love the charity component as well, that’s super cool!

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    blastkiss 229 posts, Helper bee @ 2:11 pm

    I love that you got to taste your cake on your birthday!
    We are also going to pick our top wines and then have a blind taste and vote to decide the winners! Sounds like a smashing party! 😉

  4. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:14 pm

    Lots of wine? Sounds like the perfect birthday!

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:05 pm

    Happy birthday, it sounds like the perfect way to celebrate 🙂

  6. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:41 am

    @mu_t: If you’re ever in Seattle, I’m happy to share! 🙂
    @Miss Jet Setter: It was awesome! And once we discovered the charitable component, we knew we had to have the wine!
    @blastkiss: The voting was really fun!
    @Miss Gondola: @Mrs. Pony: It was great!

  7. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:29 am

    Gah, I love French wine. Then again, I got my wine “education” in the Bordeaux region, so it makes sense that I’m a bit biased.
    Love the charity component of the Sozo wine, hope it tastes nice so you can feature it.

  8. roadtrip Bee
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    What an awesome birthday that was! Cake and wine, yup, that’s a great way to go!

  9. airplane Bee
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    We are also doing an almond cake with cherry filling! That photo made me drool a little onto my keyboard… Yum! What a fun night of wine, friends, and cake!

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