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How soon is too soon?

Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?

Re: How soon is too soon?

  • Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
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  • I would follow local wineries and wine shops on social media to see when they have sales or specials then buy some here and there.
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  • I would hold off buying wine until you've locked down your venue/catering. Even then, I wouldn't buy too far ahead. You need a cool/dark area to store in elevated off the ground. 3 months ahead would probably be my limit.
  • kaos16 said:
    Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
    Where do you get wine with an expiration date?  We drink quite a bit of wine, we have about 500 bottles in our cellar, and I have never seen a bottle with an expiration date!
    Um yeah? Red wine gets better with age - if you can store it correctly. White is different but still....

    If you can store it and your venue will let you bring your own then I say why not?? are you just wanted to do it or are you getting a good deal? because try not to stress. You have time.
  • kaos16 said:
    Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
    Where do you get wine with an expiration date?  We drink quite a bit of wine, we have about 500 bottles in our cellar, and I have never seen a bottle with an expiration date!
    Um yeah? Red wine gets better with age - if you can store it correctly. White is different but still....

    If you can store it and your venue will let you bring your own then I say why not?? are you just wanted to do it or are you getting a good deal? because try not to stress. You have time.
    Not necessarily. Lower quality and/or fruity red wine ages poorly and can become vinegary. High quality, less sweet red wine CAN age well if stored properly. 

    You can always find out when wine was bottled and talk to the shop sommelier, wine shop owner or someone else knowledgeable about aging wines as to whether it's going to age well and at what conditions. 

    OP is talking about 1 year. If she buys relatively cheap wine that's been sitting on a store shelf for a while and then stores it for another year, I don't think it'll be great. If she buys nice, quality wine and/or finds out when it was bottled and determines it'll be fine for a year, I see no issue with her plan.
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    kaos16 said:
    Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
    Where do you get wine with an expiration date?  We drink quite a bit of wine, we have about 500 bottles in our cellar, and I have never seen a bottle with an expiration date!
    Um yeah? Red wine gets better with age - if you can store it correctly. White is different but still....

    If you can store it and your venue will let you bring your own then I say why not?? are you just wanted to do it or are you getting a good deal? because try not to stress. You have time.
    Not necessarily. Lower quality and/or fruity red wine ages poorly and can become vinegary. High quality, less sweet red wine CAN age well if stored properly. 

    You can always find out when wine was bottled and talk to the shop sommelier, wine shop owner or someone else knowledgeable about aging wines as to whether it's going to age well and at what conditions. 

    OP is talking about 1 year. If she buys relatively cheap wine that's been sitting on a store shelf for a while and then stores it for another year, I don't think it'll be great. If she buys nice, quality wine and/or finds out when it was bottled and determines it'll be fine for a year, I see no issue with her plan.
    This.

    It's certainly possible to buy some nice wines and have them age for a year until the wedding. But buying a few cases and leaving them in the garage all summer is not going to be good. Wine needs to be stored in a dark place a little cooler than room temp (hence the cellar).  

    If you're just looking to get some table wines, you're better off storing the cash in a drawer and buying the wine a few weeks before the wedding.


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  • LondonLisaLondonLisa London, UK member
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    kaos16 said:
    Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
    Where do you get wine with an expiration date?  We drink quite a bit of wine, we have about 500 bottles in our cellar, and I have never seen a bottle with an expiration date!
    Um yeah? Red wine gets better with age - if you can store it correctly. White is different but still....

    If you can store it and your venue will let you bring your own then I say why not?? are you just wanted to do it or are you getting a good deal? because try not to stress. You have time.
    Wine 100% has a expiration date! Research if you can 'lay it down' for a while (that means wines that can be stored). Storage requires a cool, damp dark place (like a basement) that has regulated tempurature. Only fine wines last for more than 2-3 years and they are especially made for laying down. 

    New wines, especially inexpensive general brand wines (from those large wineries that are in every shop) are only made to last at most 2 years.

    If you're not into wine, this may be more hassle than it's worth. Just go to a place that specialises in wine by the case, give them your budget/ how many bottles you need, and see what they recommend. Also see what their delivery/storage they recommend. 

    But always buy a bottle of the wines you are thinking about and try them, preferably with the food you're serving! 
    InLoveInQueens
  • kaos16 said:
    Hi there - I am getting married in April 2018 but am starting to purchase things here and there to help break up costs. We will be serving alcohol (just wine and beer) at the reception. I will be waiting to purchase beer until probably the week of the wedding, but I was wondering how early I could start purchasing bottles of wine along the way?
    Your wedding is in 13 months. In general, the lower the quality of the wine, the shorter the expiration date. Just check the expiration date. I don't think you'll have a problem buying now and storing them if that's what you want to do. 
    Where do you get wine with an expiration date?  We drink quite a bit of wine, we have about 500 bottles in our cellar, and I have never seen a bottle with an expiration date!
    Um yeah? Red wine gets better with age - if you can store it correctly. White is different but still....

    If you can store it and your venue will let you bring your own then I say why not?? are you just wanted to do it or are you getting a good deal? because try not to stress. You have time.
    Wine 100% has a expiration date! Research if you can 'lay it down' for a while (that means wines that can be stored). Storage requires a cool, damp dark place (like a basement) that has regulated tempurature. Only fine wines last for more than 2-3 years and they are especially made for laying down. 

    New wines, especially inexpensive general brand wines (from those large wineries that are in every shop) are only made to last at most 2 years.

    If you're not into wine, this may be more hassle than it's worth. Just go to a place that specialises in wine by the case, give them your budget/ how many bottles you need, and see what they recommend. Also see what their delivery/storage they recommend. 

    But always buy a bottle of the wines you are thinking about and try them, preferably with the food you're serving! 
    I'm aware that wines reach a point where they aren't good anymore.  I'm more asking if there are actually wines out there that have an expiration date on the bottle.  Is that a thing for some wineries?
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