Can you hear them coming? The brigade of bachelorettes and their darling bride pouring out of party buses in their heels and wedding sashes, invading bars and restaurants in a town near you.
Wedding season will soon be underway, and as the big day draws near, friends and loved ones are in party planning mode to decide the best way to celebrate those final moments of single life with their betrothed. Some people will jet-set to party towns like Miami, Las Vegas, and Nashville and hop from bar to bar in honor of the bride-to-be, while others may plan to keep things low-key and local. No matter where the party takes place, one thing is sure: There will be wine.
And while designing an itinerary full of weekend-long events is undoubtedly a complicated feat, deciding on what bottles to pop during all the festivities doesn’t have to be. There are some styles of wine that just pair well with bachelorette parties.
“We went to Miami for my bachelorette party. It was nice and sunny. Boats, beaches, brunch — that was the vibe. So we needed a wine that supported that,” says Chelsie Petras, the New Jersey-based Instagram influencer and co-host of “Babes and Booze” podcast who will soon walk down the aisle.
Rosé was the best option for the occasion.
“I went with rosé because rosé can be high quality without a crazy price point. And everybody loves rosé. It’s accessible, easy to drink, and refreshing,” says Petras. “We thought a lot about what we could have that was fun and affordable that everyone loves across the board. Who doesn’t like rosé?”
During Petras’ bachelorette party, glasses of The Pale rosé, the latest creation of Château d’Esclans Rosé Whispering Angel winemaker Sacha Lichine, were free flowing. Made with grapes from the Vin de Pays du Var region of Provence, the playful pink wine comes in a bottle labeled with art reminiscent of a Roaring ’20s soiree.
“It’s such a cute bottle. There’s a super posh woman sitting on the label. How perfect is that for a bachelorette party?” says Petras.
Since launching her wine events and education consultancy in Arizona a few years ago, sommelier Samantha Capaldi has hosted plenty of bachelorette party wine tastings. Light, crisp, and fruit-forward Provencal rosé is the number one wine on the menu when she’s guiding a tasting filled with bachelorettes. However, fuller expressions of the wine style are appreciated by guests too.
“I try to help people understand that as much as rosé is our summer water and our summer porch pounder, it’s versatile all year round,” says Capaldi. “Bachelorettes love the pink. And depending on the style, rosé can pair with red meat, fish, chicken, or veggies. And it tastes great all on its own. The rosés we try during tastings are usually a big hit.”
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles
Nothing kicks off a party quite like the sound of a freshly opened bottle of bubbly. However, Champagne can get rather pricey when needing an endless supply of wine to quench bachelorettes’ thirst. Capaldi recommends Spanish Cava to keep costs down without reducing quality.
“Anytime I’m thinking of a budget-friendly celebration wine to buy in bulk and something crowd-pleasing, I think Cava,” says Capaldi. “When you want to buy a lot of wine, serve many people, and give them something that they can continuously drink, you want to be more budget-friendly. Cava is like buying Champagne on a beer budget.”
Capaldi adds, “It tends not to be as sweet as Prosecco. It gives more of that richer Champagne taste and texture that everyone loves.”
Cava is a sparkling wine style that originates from the Penedès region of Spain and is often made with white Spanish grapes, including Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. Like Champagne, Cava undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, when carbon dioxide gets trapped in the bottle and forms bubbles.
“We had a ton of bottles of Cava,” Petras recalls of her recent bachelorette party. “Prosecco, too. Both sparkling wines are really affordable bubbles. They’re great if you’re having a mimosa or if someone wants a glass of bubbles by the pool.”
However, a classic that combines both the pink element and bubbles is also a valuable party starter.
“Our bachelorettes love celebrating with wine and champagne, but a favorite is Champagne Palmer Brut Rosé,” says Cynthia Cramblett, owner of Bachelorette Party Miami, a custom boutique event planner that curates bachelorette experiences for groups in Florida.
“They request it at many of the events we organize for them, whether on a yacht, in a limo, having a bohemian beach picnic, or a sexy night in at their accommodations,” Cramblett adds.
Easy, simple, white wine
What about wine for the friend who prefers still white wine? Pinot Grigio is the way to go.
“It’s an enjoyable wine to have at a bachelorette party, and Pinot Grigio is so light. Plus, they tend to be relatively inexpensive,” says Petras.
Bottles from Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia are as easy to drink as they are to find. Though Petras recommends seeking out wines from the Alto Adige winemaking region of Italy if drinkers want a Pinot Grigio with a little more depth and complexity.
Capaldi also finds that light-bodied Pinot Grigio with bright acidity from California is a simple crowd-pleaser among bachelorettes.
“They’re so crushable and easy drinking,” says Capaldi, noting the Spade and Sparrows Pinot Grigio she recently enjoyed at a friend’s bachelorette party.
Capaldi adds, “Everyone liked the wine, and it made sense why they were picked for the bachelorette party. The labels are cute, and they’re at a good price point.”
General rules of thumb
Affordability is critical when deciding on wine for an epic bachelorette party, but the most important aspect is keeping the bride happy.
“Listen to your bride. I think it’s imperative. It’s her bachelorette party at the end of the day. And it’s important to consider what she wants,” says Petras.
6 perfect bachelorette wines:
Freixenet Cordon Negro Gran Seleccion Brut Cava NV (~$12)
Winemaking at Freixenet dates back to the 1800s. The winery’s black bottle bubbly, made with a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, is among its most popular varieties. The Cava is notably fresh and vibrant and displays a wealth of apple, pear, and citrus aromas. Similar flavors are noticeable on the palate, and a hint of ginger.
Sacha Lichine The Pale Rosé 2020 (~$16)
Named for its pale pink color, this rosé is made with Grenache and Cinsault grapes in the French region that put rosé on the map, Provence. The wine is delightfully fresh with aromas and flavors of red berries and grapefruit. The finish is quick and wraps with crushed stone and floral nuances.
La Marca Prosecco NV (~$17)
This Prosecco hails from the Veneto region of Italy. Crisp and balanced with zippy acidity, this sparkling wine boasts orchard fruit aromas and flavors that mingle with white peach and honeysuckle notes.
Spade and Sparrows California Pinot Grigio 2019 (~$19)
From the mind of TV personality Kaitlyn Bristowe, who appeared on the 19th season of “The Bachelor,” comes this easy-drinking wine. Made from grapes sourced across California, this wine is mainly made with Pinot Grigio though a bit of French Colombard is added to provide body and texture. The wine is light and clean, with mineral notes complementing the fruit flavors and fragrances.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV (~$65)
When it’s modest luxury the bride wants, reach for the signature Yellow Label of Veuve Clicquot, one of the oldest Champagne houses in France. The Champagne is abundant with tiny little bubbles and toasty, vanilla aromas supported by a palate booming with fresh fruit and almond nuances.
Palmer & Co. Champagne Brut Rosé Solera NV (~$72)
This Champagne sings with wild strawberry and spice aromas. The bubbles are persistent. The palate is exceptionally fine and full of fruit nuances, while the finish lingers with elegance.