We LOVE wine at The Meadow Barn. It’s a staple around here, especially when it comes to weddings. Many brides and grooms choose to host wine for their guests. Perhaps you’re considering hosting wine for your big day, but don’t know what to host! If you’re not a wino, then this decision can be a bit more difficult. Well, we are here to help! We have certified wino’s on staff that make your choices simple! We wont dive into all the different types of wines (as that could be an exhaustive list!) but we will discuss some of the most favorites we see here at The Meadow Barn Properties! Hosting wine. hosting wine. hosting wine

First, let’s start with red wines!

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet’s are delicious, deep, bold flavored wines. It typically have a black fruit taste (such as black cherry or black current) mixed with green bell pepper and may be distinguishable by the vanilla and clove spices. Usually, these spice flavors come from the wine being aged in oak barrels. Cabernets are dry with high acidity and are medium to full bodied. They pair best with fatty meats such as steak or lamb, mushroom, or tomato based pasta dishes. Find out more about Cabernet Sauvignon wines here. And, in addition to, furthermore, moreover, besides, than, too, also, both-and, another, equally important, first, second, 

Merlots are more of a soft texture and a velvety wine, with rich flavors and hints of plum and oak. Usually, these wines are dry, medium to full bodied with medium acidity. The taste of Merlot can range from herbal to dark berry to cocoa. Hints of vanilla and clove are also layered in. Merlots pair very well with a range of foods so this wine is easy to serve no matter the food selection. Although, pork, chicken, and braised dishes compliment merlot the best. Merlot is a complex wine and there is much to delve into. Check out Wine Mag to learn more!

Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a light bodied red wine. Primarily, Pinots are made from red fruit, flowers, and spices. Raspberry, cherry, hibiscus, clove, and mushroom are the main flavors found in this red wine. It is a dry wine with medium acidity, that is described as rich, fruity, and lush (YUM!). Pinot Noir pairs best with duck, chicken, and pork meals. At The Meadow Barn, Pinot Noir is a popular wine to host. It is diverse and lovable! Even though it pairs well with certain meals, Pinots go great with almost any food! Find out more about Pinot Noir wine here.

Red Blend
According to Food and Wine, a red blend is any domestic wine that is not of a specific grape variety. Red blends sell more by volume than Pinots and Merlot and is estimated to, soon, be more sought-after and in demand than cabernets. Red blends are a blend of different red wines. This blend of different grapes can create many different flavors and tastes. Just because you love one red blend, doesn’t mean you’ll like the bottle right next to it. If you aren’t sure if you will like a specific red blend, be sure to try it out before deciding! If you aren’t sure which red blend to host, we (The Meadow Barn Staff) can help you make this decision. We know which have sold well in the past! To learn more about red blend wine, check Food and Wines webpage here.

Now, on to the whites!

Chardonnay is made in wide array of styles. Choosing the perfect chardonnay for you depends on your personal taste preference. Primarily though, chardonnay’s have yellow apple, starfruit, pineapple, vanilla, and butter as its main flavors. It is a medium bodied, medium acidity wine that can range from sweet to semi-dry. Chardonnay pairs well with seafood, halibut, salmon and chickens. Wine Folly has more information about Chardonnays here.

Riesling wines have a strong German heritage, according to Wine Folly. It’s aroma and taste are full of orchard fruits, honey comb, or jasmine. Riesling can be either sweet or dry, but traditionally there are on the sweeter end of the scale. The main flavors you can expect are apricot, nectarine, pear, pineapple, lime, and lemon. Rieslings pair well with duck, pork, chicken, and shrimp. For more information on Riesling wines check out Wine Folly.

Sauvignon Blanc
Another popular wine at The Meadow Barn is a Sauvignon Blanc. This is a light to medium bodied wine with high acidity. It boasts gooseberry, honeydew, grapefruit, white peach, and passion fruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with all greens, herb-driven dishes, and Asian flavors (mhhmmmmm, Thai food!). A Sauv Blanc can range from flowery sweet to zesty dry on the sweetness scale. With this wine being so adaptable and multifaceted, it is well loved by many. Find out more about Sauvignon Blancs here. And, in addition to, furthermore, moreover, besides, than, too, also, both-and, another, equally important, first,

Obviously, there are many other wines to consider when choosing your hosted wine menu. Usually, we suggest hosting a red and white wine together. The more common hosted wines are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s 100% up to your personal preference. We are able to get most wines from retailers, so if you have a specific wine you prefer be sure to ask! We might be able to get it in for your event. If you are having a hard time deciding which wines to host, contact us for help! And, in addition to, furthermore, moreover, besides, than, too, also, both-and, another, equally important, first, second, etc., again, further, last, finally, not only-but also, as well as, in the second place, next, likewise