If you pay attention at all to current events you’ll no doubt know that a very important wedding is set to happen next month.
Though some details of the big day are being shared, there are still many unanswered questions, especially when it comes to the beverage selection.
But no matter. Instead of waiting to hear what the rich and famous enjoyed while celebrating the happy couple, I’ve made some suggestions.
Some British bubbly
First thing’s first – some bubbles to toast with.
British bubbly is the clear choice here. Sparkling winemaking has seen a boom in the UK over the past few years, which matches the recent boom in British interest. Sales of sparkling wine in the UK have recently grown by 20%.
Plus, a toast with British bubbles is an obvious way to celebrate both the growing British wine industry and the growing ranks of the British royal family.
If it was up to me I’d choose this traditional method sparkler from Furleigh Estates in Devon.
Their website describes it as “a classic dry sparkling wine with a refined elegance”. Perfect for a royal wedding, wouldn’t you say?
An old favourite
Before Meghan Markle was a royal-to-be she had a lifestyle blog called The Tig. Unfortunately the website was one of the first casualties to be sacrificed on the altar of her new life. But before it closed up shop I was fascinated to learn that the website got its name from Meghan’s favourite wine – Tignanello.
Tignanello (‘teen-ya-nello’) is an Italian wine, touted as one of the first-ever Super Tuscans (a Tuscan wine made with international grapes). Tignanello is a blend of Sangiovese (the flagship grape of Tuscany), Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and usually has an intense, rich palate.
It would seem that Ms. Markle has excellent taste! (But we already knew that, didn’t we)
A Niagara Riesling
My final suggestion is in honour of the city where most of Harry and Meghan’s courtship took place – Toronto. It’s also the city that Meghan’s tv show, Suits, was shot in, so a wine from nearby Niagara seems doubly appropriate here.
We’ve got a bubbly and a red so it only makes sense to add a white to the menu. A Riesling is a great wedding wine, and this one from Cave Spring is a winner. It was an editor’s choice at Wine Enthusiast magazine, where they called it ‘a sensational value’.
Rieslings make a great celebration wine. They’re citrusy and bright (that acidity!) but often carry with them an herbal or mineral note, making them a bit different from an everyday wine and therefore just a touch more special.
What wine would you drink to celebrate a wedding?