Wine has long been a symbol of celebration and the perfect companion for special occasions. Whether you’re raising a toast at a wedding, marking a milestone birthday, or simply gathering with loved ones to celebrate life, choosing the right wine can elevate the experience. But with countless options available, how do you know which wines to select for your special moments?

In this guide, we’ll explore the art of choosing wines for different special occasions.

Selecting Wines for Romantic Dinners

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For a romantic evening with your other half, the wine should be as seductive as the company. A classic choice for such an occasion is a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne. The effervescence and delicate bubbles create a festive feeling. You can opt for a crisp, dry Champagne Brut, or a sweeter Champagne Demi-Sec, if you prefer something a little sweeter. SomMailier offers a selection of French champagnes perfect for this kind of occasion, with a range of flavors to suit your taste.

Try out our Grand Cru Cuperly, our exquisite Cuvée Hemera or our go-anywhere champagne: Duc de Chancay.

Another excellent choice for a romantic dinner is a medium- to full-bodied red wine. A well-balanced pinot noir from SomMailier would be an elegant choice. These wines pair wonderfully with a range of dishes, and their smooth, velvety texture blends perfectly into a warm, intimate atmosphere.

Discover our Pinot de Bourgogne from Domaine Pierre-Laurent, or d’Alsace from Domaine Charles Frey, and if you want an even more prestigious wine try Savigny les Beaunes 1er Cru.

Wines to Elevate Your Holiday Festivities

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The holiday season is a time of joy, and the right wine can enhance the festive spirit. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any other holiday, a bottle of bubbly is always in order. Champagne, sparkling wine, or even Prosecco can add a touch of glamour to your celebrations. SomMailier offers a range of sparkling wines that can fit a variety of budgets and tastes.

Champagne Cuperly – Grande Reserve Brut – Grand Cru
Domaine Henriot – Cuvée Hemera – Brut Champagne 2006 (Fine wine)
Domaine Henriot – Millesime – Brut Rosé Champagne 2012 (Fine wine)
Les Andides – Crémant de Loire Brut
Duc de Chancay – Champagne Brut

When it comes to red wines for the holiday table, consider a Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines have a lovely balance of fruit and spice that pairs beautifully with traditional holiday dishes like roasted turkey, ham, or prime rib.

Here’s some of Sommailier’s red wines:

Chateau Luchey-Halde – Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan 2015
Château Neyrac – Pécharmant 2019
Château Haut-Calens – Bordeaux Graves 2015
Chateau La Fleur Terrien – Lussac-Saint-Émilion Bordeaux 2016
Chateau Bonnange – Bordeaux Côtes de Blaye 2018

Choosing Wines for Family Gatherings

Family gatherings are often about creating warm and lasting memories. When choosing wines for these occasions, versatility is key. A crowd-pleasing option is a bottle of Chardonnay, such as a Languedoc Chardonnay from SomMailier. Its balanced flavors of flowers, olive tree, spices, woody, and creamy finish make it a great choice for a diverse group of palates.

If you’re planning a barbecue or outdoor gathering, don’t forget about rosé wine. A well-chilled bottle of Rhône rosé, like the one offered by SomMailier, can be the perfect refreshment. Its crisp and fruity profile pairs wonderfully with grilled foods and sunshine.

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The Perfect Wines for Wedding Celebrations

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A wedding is one of the most significant events in a person’s life, and the wine selection should be equally memorable. When it comes to wine for weddings, you’ll need options for both the ceremony and the reception.

For the ceremony, a crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay is a great choice, offering a refreshing and lively profile that complements the joyous atmosphere. SomMailier offers a selection of French white wines that would make your special day even more magical.

For the reception, consider offering a variety of wines to accommodate different tastes. A crowd-pleasing option is a light and fruity red wine like a Beaujolais from SomMailier. Its approachable character ensures that even non-wine drinkers can enjoy a glass.

Some of Sommailier’s recommendation:

Julien Chantreau – Beaujolais Cru Chiroubles 2019.
Domaine Montangeron – Fleurie 2020
Château Maison Noble – Cuvée Maurice – Bordeaux Blanc 2020
Château Laplace – Côtes de Duras Blanc 2020

Wine Choices for Celebrating Milestones

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Milestones, whether personal or professional, deserve a wine that can match the significance of the achievement. SomMailier has an exceptional range of vintage wines that are ideal for such occasions. A vintage wine is made from grapes harvested in a specific year, reflecting the unique characteristics of that season. These wines often age beautifully, gaining complexity and depth over time.

Consider a beautifully aged Bordeaux from SomMailier for a milestone celebration. Bordeaux wines are renowned for their age-worthiness and are a symbol of longevity and tradition.

Discover our fine french wines collection, or our Bordeaux wines.

Enjoy your degustation! And whatever your event, if you need help choosing wines, contact us! We’ll be delighted to help you put together your wine list.

Want to learn more about French wine? We’re here to help! Why not check out our French wine club? Every three months we send direct to your door three, six, or twelve bottles of boutique French wines which have been carefully selected by wine experts in France along with detailed information about each wine and food pairing ideas to help you really discover French wine. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also have a wine club gift option for that special wine lover in your life! For the perfect last minute gift, send one of our digital gift cards.

We are also offering free shipping on 12-bottle orders within the continental US (including our 12-bottle Club Et Voila and Et Voila Gift options). We are also offering 50% off shipping of 12-bottle orders to Hawaii. Mix and match your favorites from our wine cellar, or stock up with 12 bottles of your favorite.

Julia is happy to help with any custom orders. Please reach out to her via email at