The Best Local Wine to Serve at Your Los Gatos Wedding
Planning a wedding is serious business, so it's vital to enjoy the process while staying focused on what’s really important - the wine. Celebrate your special day with local wines from the area. Santa Clara Valley boasts rich soils and a pleasant Mediterranean climate that is perfect for grape growing. From oaky Chardonnays to rustic, silky Pinots, here’s the best local wine to serve at your Los Gatos wedding.
Pinot Noir is a versatile varietal that pairs with just about anything on the menu. They tend to be lighter in body and less fruity than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which makes Pinot Noir a popular choice to complement both lighter dishes and main courses alike. Pair Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyard’s Pinot Noir with salmon, roasted chicken, or pasta dishes. The Saratoga winery’s varietal features aromas of strawberry, rose petals, and tea leaves with flavors of pomegranate, watermelon, candied violets, and a touch of cola and tea leaves. The family owned and operated estate winery also produces a Syrah that is an excellent option for all types of roasted, grilled, or smoked meat dishes. Their Syrah has aromas of blackberries, plums, and a pinch of thyme that lends nicely to a smooth mouth-feel with notes of blueberries, blackberries, smoky bacon, and a hint of marjoram. For more Pinot Noir options, visit Mountain Winery in Saratoga for their Estate Pinot Noir that becomes more complex with age. The shale soil of their mountain vineyards are perfect for growing the varietal, as well as their iconic, succulent Chardonnays. Pro Tip: Venture out to the wineries before your big day to sample. Sommeliers often provide reliable food and wine matching advice.
People generally consume more white wine than they do red, especially in the warmer months, so it’s important to get this one right. Saratoga’s Cinnabar Winery's Chardonnay is produced in the Monterey appellation, where the breeze coming down from Salinas provides a cooling effect that helps maintain the grapes’ natural acidity. With a flavor profile of yellow apple, green plum, citrus rind, and straw, this Chardonnay is perfect with light and delicate fare like shellfish, risotto, creamy soups, and spring vegetables. Cooper-Garrod also has a Chardonnay with honeydew undertones and a bright citrus splash that pairs exquisitely with spanish prawns. Pro Tip: Look for at least one red, one white, and one dessert wine to serve at your celebration. Feature rosé wine during the cocktail hour served alongside small bites like bruschetta, goat cheese, and crudités.
Whether you choose a sparkling or savory dessert wine, a sweet ending to the night can set the tone for the entire wedding. Testarossa Winery’s ‘Br. Korte Cuvee’ Black Muscat has engaging notes of marmalade jam, molasses, brown sugar, and loganberry with a hint of residual sugar. Try pairing the Muscat with cheesecake, sweet fruits, or savory cheeses. Visit Testarossa’s Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine’s 2019 Winery of the Year tasting room and wine bar on College Avenue in Los Gatos. Cinnabar’s Cinabrio Port-Style Dessert Wine is made of Zinfandel grapes and aged for four years in neutral French oak. The resulting product has notes of boysenberry pie, hazelnut, and red cherries that is the perfect accompaniment to cake and chocolate. Pro Tip: Allot a half to three-fourths of a bottle of wine per person for dinner. If you’re hosting a cocktail hour before dinner, double this.
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