Alcoholic Grape Juice – Better known as Wine!

Alcoholic grape juice - better known as wine

So begins my blog on wine. Before I begin I will say that this will not be one about how it’s made and where it’s from. It is about the best wines you can buy for your wedding or birthday or whatever event you are holding and how a good mobile bar can enhance your guests’ experiences.

As we know, wine comes from all over the world. Wherever you have a good, dry, warm environment, you have a good chance that you can grow good grapes to make excellent wines. I’m not saying this is essential; after all, Britain has started growing grapes and producing good quality wines. We don’t really have the climate for grape growing ( Heres My chance to upset British grape growers, LOL).

However, you have a vast plethora of choices. Whether you like Old World Wines generally characterised as the wines from France or prefer New World Wines from North and South America or Australia.

Wine and Your Event

So on to your event. Even if you are not a wine drinker, there is a high chance that many of your guests will be. Therefore, it is always a good idea to have at least one red, white and rose to choose from. You don’t necessarily need to go to big fancy wine merchants to get your tipple if you provide the wine yourself. Some of the best wines can be found much closer to home. Gone are the days when you could go over to France and bring back ½ tonne of wine in the back of a van without having to pay the customs duty on. Now thanks to Brexit, you will be stung for several hundred pounds of taxes.

Alcoholic grape juice - better known as wine

So, where are you going to get your wine from?

Most supermarkets sell excellent wine. However, if you have any leftover wine, you will not be able to give it back to a supermarket. You may be able to sell a box to your friends or family. Word of warning though, don’t try and sell it on Facebook, or you will be receiving a visit from the Police asking for a personal alcohol licence, etc.

If you are having a big event, you are better off buying from someone like Majestic. They will allow you to buy the wine and bring back any you don’t use, assuming that it hasn’t been opened.

Now onto the wines themselves.

Alcoholic grape juice - better known as wine

Firstly you want quality, easy-drinking wines. It is probably better to choose a wine by the grape rather than an individual wine. For the white, I would choose either a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio, both are very easy drinkable wines not too dry. There are many to choose from both old and new world. If you want something a little bit grander, then maybe a Gavi or a Chablis; there are other wines out there similar to both of these wines. The Lyrarakis Assyrtiko 2020, from Crete, is a bone dry wine marketed as Crete’s answer to Chablis without the price. It is a fantastic wine and is very drinkable. In fact, I tried out on Christmas Day. It has to be said that I would be delighted to see this on my table at an event.

Red wines can be a bigger minefield than white wines. Again, stick to buying wine by grape instead of brand. Shiraz, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are excellent examples of an easy-drinking red wine. If you want to have a higher-end wine, then try a good Malbec from Argentina, the Viñalba’ Reserve’ Malbec 2019, Mendoza for example.

Rose wines can be very hit and miss. Some are very sweet, some dry. One of the best regions for rose wine is Provence in France. Even though the wines are reproduced the world over, the best rose wines still come from Provence like Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2020 Côteaux Varois en Provence, an excellent example of a light rose wine.

Lastly, I want to talk about Mobile bars and how they can help you find the best wines for your event.

Firstly, Mobile bars such as the Iron Bar Hire have access to more wines than you yourselves, i.e., the public have. We have access to commercial wines sold to the trade industry. Therefore, we can get hold of wines that you can not find in supermarkets or elsewhere.

Secondly, we can buy wine in bulk for your event. If we have any left, we simply move it onto the next event, meaning that there is no waste or inconvenience for you having to return bottles of wine to a supplier.

I hope you have found this blog interesting. If you have any further questions regarding an event, we would love to hear from you. Drop us an email at info@ironbarhire.co.uk or give us a call on 07980 679575 or 07533 694142