If you are planning a wedding in 2023, you might be wondering what kind of wine to serve to your guests. Wine is not only a delicious and festive drink, but also a way to express your personality and style as a couple. Whether you prefer classic or adventurous, elegant or casual, there is a wine trend for you. Here are some of the wine trends that will rule in 2023, according to experts and sources.
White Wines from Rioja
Rioja is a famous wine region in Spain, known for its red wines made from Tempranillo grapes. But did you know that Rioja also produces some of the most interesting and versatile white wines in the world? White Rioja has had lots of ups and downs, but a more modern style, as opposed to oxidized and overly oaky creations, helped transform the situation starting about 8-10 years ago, and these wines are showing with force. These are serious food-worthy white wines, with oak used (or not) in a contemporary way, and will become more popular in 2023. White Rioja can be made from different grape varieties, such as Viura, Malvasia, Garnacha Blanca, or even Chardonnay. They can range from crisp and refreshing to rich and complex, depending on the aging and winemaking techniques. White Rioja pairs well with seafood, cheese, salads, chicken, and even spicy dishes.
Who says you have to choose between wine and cocktails? Why not have both? Wine cocktails are a fun and creative way to enjoy wine in a different way. They can also add some color and flair to your wedding reception. Wine cocktails can be made with any type of wine, from sparkling to still, from white to red. You can mix wine with spirits, liqueurs, juices, fruits, herbs, spices, or anything else that suits your taste. Some examples of wine cocktails are Sangria, Mimosa, Kir Royale, Aperol Spritz, Bellini, or Mulled Wine. You can also invent your own wine cocktails by experimenting with different ingredients and proportions. Wine cocktails are perfect for warm weather weddings, as they are refreshing and light. They can also be served as a welcome drink, an aperitif, or a dessert drink.
One of the trends that will influence your wine choice is the timing of your wedding ceremony. More and more couples are opting for midday ceremonies instead of evening ones. This has several advantages: you can enjoy more daylight hours, have more time to rest and change outfits between the ceremony and the reception, and have a longer and more lively party at night. But what does this mean for your wine selection? Well, it means that you might want to go for lighter and lower-alcohol wines during the day, especially if you are serving wine with lunch. You can save the heavier and more complex wines for the evening reception when the mood is more festive and relaxed. You can also offer some non-alcoholic or low-alcohol alternatives for those who want to pace themselves or avoid drinking too much.
These are just some of the wine trends that will rule in 2023. Of course, the most important thing is to choose wines that you love and that reflect your personality and style as a couple. After all, it’s your wedding day and you deserve to celebrate it with the best wines possible.
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