The Best Wines for a Bridal Shower According to a Sommelier
Planning a party for a bride-to-be? This sommelier is recommending the best bridal shower wine to sip while you celebrate!
This gorgeous Provence rosé will be a hit among fans of pink wine. While light in color, it’s full of lively cherry, currant and orange notes and a zesty, refreshing palate. M de Minuty will bring a little Mediterranean sunshine to your event, so it’s perfect for a poolside bridal shower. These cheaper best rosé wine options might also be a hit.
Pinot grigio is always a popular choice, and this exceptional bottle comes to us courtesy of Livio Felluga, which is based in Italy’s Friuli region. This brilliantly crisp white wine is full of stone fruits, citrus and delicate notes of white flowers. It’s a killer pairing with seafood starters or enjoyed solo as an aperitif.
Want to serve something bold and rich, with loads of complexity? P. Harrell Wine’s zinfandel needs to be on your radar. This silky smooth wine features lush notes of ripe dark berries, baking spice and a subtle hint of pepper. In a word: outstanding.
If you fancy a lighter red for your bash, look to Beaujolais. This French region is world-renowned for its wonderful wines based on the gamay grape, and Guy Breton is one of the top producers in the area. Smooth, easy-drinking, with heady notes of fresh red fruits, you’ll want to serve this Beaujolais slightly chilled with charcuterie or jarcuterie.
If you’re looking for value sparkling wine, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that tops Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva cava. Aromas of citrus zest, apple and biscuit, layered over a mineral note, rival many of the cheap champagnes you’ll encounter at your local wine shop.
Based in New Zealand’s celebrated Marlborough region, Fromm has made a name for itself with its phenomenally complex organic and biodynamic wines. Their entry-level pinot noir is driven by notes of cherry, plum, spice and violets and is an ideal partner for a Mushroom and Smoked Salmon Tart.
Zesty, bright and beautifully balanced, the Gamble Family sauvignon blanc is a must for anyone who loves fruity, fragrant white wines. A little tropical, with plenty of nectarine, ruby grapefruit and passion fruit, rounded out with crisp acidity, this sophisticated sauvignon blanc hits all the right notes.
For wine-savvy brides, a bottle or two of terroir-driven wine from Priorat will hit the spot. This grenache-based blend from Spanish winery Bodegas La Cartuja offers lovely notes of blackberry, cherry, licorice and pepper spice in the glass.
With its plush, velvet texture and terrifically fruity profile, Seven Hills’ merlot is an excellent example of Washington state’s thriving wine scene. There are notes of blackberry, raspberry and cherry layered over fresh herbs, cocoa and cinnamon in each sip. This is a stellar wine for bridal showers set in the evening.
If you’re setting up a spread of light nibbles for your bridal shower, pour your guests a glass or two of Pazo das Bruxas albarino. This vibrant Spanish wine boasts plenty of citrus notes—think lemon, lime and grapefruit, with pretty floral blossom notes and a bright, clean finish. It’s a great palate cleanser when paired an artisan cheeseboard, too.
Bridal showers are a celebration and when it’s time to raise a toast, nothing beats Champagne. To satisfy your sweet tooth, pop open a bottle of Canard-Duchene demi-sec Champagne. “Demi-sec” means this bubbly has a touch of sweetness, making it a lovely pairing for light pastries, tea cakes and wedding shower cupcakes.
If you’re hunting for a lower alcohol wine to toast the bride, La Spinetta’s Biancospinco moscato d’Asti is so refreshing. Each glass has rich aromas of mandarin, citrus zest, peach, orange blossoms and a whisper of spicy ginger. There’s a touch of sweetness in this wine, which really hits the spot with a slice of cake.