be the toast of the town

eileen crane of domaine carneros has some ideas for serving wine at a wedding that will make you swoon. (we did.)
July 08, 2013  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH


in honor of our “sparkling ever after” sweepstakes–where one lucky bride-to-be will win a signed copy of style me pretty weddings by abby larson, $545 in paperless post credits and coins, a $500 kate spade new york gift card and four cases of our special-edition sparkling brut rosé made by domaine carneros (seen above)–we sought expert advice from each of our special partners on some very important wedding-related matters.

for the first in our series, we went to eileen crane, ceo and founding winemaker of domaine carneros, for her ideas and tips on on serving wine at weddings.

with more than 30 years of winemaking experience, eileen is widely regarded as the doyenne of sparkling wine in the united states. she is also one of a handful of women in the forefront of the california wine industry, and has led both winemaking and facilities development at domaine carneros since it began in 1987. (so we trust her. a lot!)

here’s what she had to say:

1. “don’t wait till the cake to serve your sparkling wine: either serve it during your ceremony to put your guests in a celebratory state of mind. or, pour it at the very start of the reception to infuse your evening with a festive feeling.”

2. “pour from 3-liter bottles–which are equivalent to four “regular” bottles–for extra wow-factor.”

3. “use a 6-liter bottle as your guest book, and provide paint pens for guests to write with. once you drink the wine, the beautiful bottle is a decorative memento of your big day!”

4. “give a gift of sparking rosé to each of your bridesmaids. and open a few bottles while you all get ready!”

5. “have your husband-to-be learn how to saber a bottle of sparkling wine for a dramatic start to the wedding toasts.”

6. “buy more wine than you think you’ll need for your wedding. any leftovers will become friday night treats later on.”

7. “for your dinner, choose versatile wines that can go with multiple kinds of entrees. pinot noir, for example, pairs beautifully with both steak and salmon.”

8. “if you have a collection of special wine glasses at home, bring them to use at the reception, to add a personal and extra special touch.”

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