A Drink of the Gods!

So, last post I chatted to y’all about the food.

The spread we’re putting on gives everyone a chance to eat something we think they’d enjoy, so we’re pretty happy with our choice!

Another thing Mr. Big and I needed to mull over was the beverages, and this task was a lot easier for us than the catering. At Tamburlaine, the packages include wine, sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks, and juice. They probably have water there as well (it’s just not stated on the package). We’ve also requested sparkling grape juice for the pre-teens who want something sparkly to drink during toasts (or just during the party).

The wine to be drunk will be either from the Wine Lovers Range or the Members Reserve from Tamburlaine Wines. The wines are said to be organic, and, therefore, the hangover is meant to be less severe. We’ll be going for the Wine Lovers Range and, over the course of the planning year and a half, have sampled the wines.

Like the food, there were several things we needed to consider for our guests:

  1. My family and friends aren’t big wine drinkers. The wines I do manage to get them to drink are mostly the sweeter wines—Moscato, late harvest Rieslings, and botrytis.
  2. Mr. Big is a BIG red wine drinker, which is ironic since he’s a Kiwi, and the Kiwi climate is better suited for white wines and milder reds, like Pinot Noir. His favourite red drink is Shiraz.
  3. I’m a white wine drinker. I love my sweeter wines, but really don’t mind anything else. I like my wines to be milder, and can drink red wines with a softer character.
  4. There will be Kiwis there, so we need to accommodate for them too. New Zealand is known for their white wines, specifically Sauvignon Blanc and Rieslings. That means we need a good range of white wines which will please the Kiwi palette.
  5. Not everyone is a wine drinker, so we needed some alcoholic beverages which weren’t wine. Enter my dad, who knows his beers.
  6. There will be kids there and teenagers under 18! We needed to ensure they were happy with their drinks too. (The legal drinking age is 18 in Australia.)

With all of that said, here is what we’ll be drinking.

White Wines:

Red Wines:


Light beer: Hahn Light

Standard Beers: (choice of 2)

  • Tooheys New
  • Pure Blonde

Spirits: On a per consumption basis of $7/nip

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:

  • Orange juice
  • Water
  • Soft drinks
  • Sparkling grape juice

First off, let’s go through why we chose those particular wines.

Basically, these are the wines that showcased the flavours of Tamburlaine and, particularly, of Australia. I’m not patriotic (although I do like Australia), but we thought it would be pretty bad form to give Kiwis Sauv Blancs and Rieslings from an Australian winery. Hunter Valley is known for their Verdelhos, so we wanted to showcase this by using the Verdelho as a wine. The Marsanne was chosen because it is unique—it is mild, flavourful, and easy-drinking. The Late Harvest Riesling was chosen for my family and friends—it’s not too heavy, it’s mildly sweet, and so good to drink for those who aren’t really into wine but want to drink something alcoholic other than beer.

The red wines were easy to choose. Shiraz was chosen because Mr. Big loves it, and it’s his wedding. He felt bad for wanting to choose it, since not everyone is a Shiraz drinker, but I told him that if we were going to have a wedding, the Shiraz needed to be present. The GSM is similar to the Marsanne—it’s unique, mild, and easy to drink. I love drinking the GSM because it makes me feel classy, without the heaviness of the Shiraz. The rose was, again, another easy choice. It’s a red drink, but it’s not heavy like most reds. It’s a good one for my friends and family who don’t drink too much and want something mild.

Both sparkling wines were chosen simply because they’re awesome. Who doesn’t love drinking a bubbly beverage? What’s even better is Tamburlaine will be adding splashes of fruit juices to their Vintage Blanc de Blanc during cocktail hour to add some extra flavour. The Scarlett Bubbles is the closest thing Tamburlaine has to a Moscato, so I know my friends will be chugging that one down.

The rest of the drinks are pretty self-explanatory. For those who don’t drink wine, we have beer. Mr. Big and I aren’t too fond of beer. He can drink it, I can barely drink it (read: get halfway through one bottle and give the rest to Mr. Big). My dad, a big beer drinker, suggested those three, so we decided to go with his choices, since we trust him wholeheartedly!

The non-alcoholic drinks will be for our guests ages 0–17. My junior bridesmaid/Groom’s Homie Oddball will be of that group, so they’ll be drinking fruit juices, soft drinks, sparkling grape juices, and perhaps even water. We wanted to make sure the kids were happy with the choices of drinks, so we added the sparkling grape juice, particularly for the pre-teens like Oddball.

Spirits, unfortunately, are dished out on a per-consumption basis of $7 per nip. I’m sort of glad about this, because I don’t want (too many) shots at the wedding. If our bridesmaids or groomsmen buy a round of nips for a round of shots, well, OK, that’s their choice, but I’m not a big spirits drinker to begin with (it goes STRAIGHT to my head), so I’m sort of happy that spirits are on a per consumption basis”¦

And that’s our drinks, folks! What do you think? Did we consider our guests? Do you think it’s good that Mr. Big and I chose the Shiraz over, say, a Merlot? Do you think anyone will be bummed out that the spirits will be on a per consumption basis?


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
Gallery of the Day: January 9, 2014
The Fast and the Furriest
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  1. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:32 am

    Hmm I’ve never heard that organic wine gives you less of a hangover, that’s interesting!

  2. Member
    bribaby119 203 posts, Helper bee @ 8:38 am

    I say that it’s your wedding and if Mr. Big wanted Shiraz then by gone it you shall have Shiraz!! My FI loves Shiraz and I love Riesling so we would LOVE the drinks at your wedding. I think you put enough thought into finding something everyone can enjoy and mild choices. I think you did well!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 9:14 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Its because organic wines usually have less sulfates. You’re not allowed to add them to organic wines. Some wines add more to beef up the flavor.

    GSM is one of my favorite grape blends.

    This was probably one of my favorite posts because it details the wine, and I love wine.

  4. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 am

    How can people not love Shiraz?! 😉

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:01 pm

    Shiraz > merlot, even more so because it is Mr. Big’s favorite 🙂

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    oneofthesethings 2395 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:52 pm

    My bar was consumption as well – here that just means that we were charged per drink ordered as opposed to a package deal per person. Does consumption mean something different in Australia? Why would people care how you were being charged?

  7. bighornsheep Bee
    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:57 pm

    @oneofthesethings: I believe ‘consumption’ means the same thing 🙂 It’s typical in a Chinese wedding to pay for everything for the guests (you are, after all, the host of a gigantic party). Since our wedding was a mix of both Chinese and Western cultures, I was a tad bit worried people would get upset about having to purchase their own spirits, but it worked out! 🙂

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