Wedding Menu Tasting – And What We Chose

I want to say it was a Wednesday or Thursday evening, and we couldn’t have been more excited (especially Cody). We got there a little early so we did a quick wine tasting in their tasting room beforehand (because well, to be quite honest, when you’re getting married at a winery/vineyard, you very easily get into the wine tasting lifestyle and its always a treat to celebrate along the way as you plan.)

As we walked into our group tasting in the Wente Vineyards Cresta Blanca Room we were handed champagne at check-in and seated at a table with a menu for the evening, a pencil to take notes with, and other brides and grooms-to-be. We also had a Wente catering/wedding planner seated with us to help guide us through our tasting. We didn’t get a ton of photos because we were too busy trying to decide what we loved enough to serve our guests on our big day. Because they offer so many options, you don’t get to taste every single item, but what we did get to taste, we were blown away with.


The tasting menu for the evening:


Now, I bet you’re all wondering what we ended up going with, right?

I’ve listed everything including the drinks down below. We were completely obsessed with our menu and to this day our guests rave about how amazing the food was. I would definitely recommend Wente Vineyards catering for any special event – you won’t be disappointed.

Cody and I each ordered a different main course and shared, so we both were able to have a little bit of everything.

Cocktail Hour
Imported & Domestic Cheese Display, Sourdough Baguette, Carr’s Water Crackers, 1
Seasonal Fruit – vgt

Antipasto Display, Cured Meats, Marinated Olives, Roasted Pepper Salad, Olive Oil, Poached Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Cracker Bread

Duck Chorizo & Potato Flatbread, Caramelized Onion, Fontina, Cilantro

Fennel Sausage, Pretzel Roll, Mustard Aïoli, Parmesan Crisps

First Course
Caesar Salad
Crushed Garlic Croutons, Shaved Vella Dry Jack

Porcini Filet of Beef
Dijon Mustard Mashed Potatoes, Balsamic Broiled Endive

Pan Seared Salmon
Crispy Polenta, Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Caper Soubise

Children’s Meal – Chicken Strips and Fries with Small Side, Sliced Fruit

Wedding Cake
Pound Cake
Cream Cheese Filling, Raspberry Purée

Devil’s Food
Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Purée

Hot Chocolate Bar
(That my parents surprised us with )
Hot Chocolate: Featuring Guittard 54% Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Mayan Spice
Whipped Cream
Trio of Housemade Marshmallows: Vanilla Bean, Pumpkin Spiced & Peppermint

(Besides soft drinks, mineral waters, & iced tea)

For Toasts
Wente Vineyards Brut, Arroyo Seco, Monterey
Sparkling Apple Cider

Murrieta’s Well the Whip, Livermore Valley (a white Bordeaux style blend)
Murrieta’s Well the Spur, Livermore Valley (a red Bordeaux style blend)
Murrieta’s Well Tempranillo, Livermore Valley

Pabst Bue Ribbon ( Domestic Beer)
Corona (Premium Beer)
Lagunitas IPA ( Premium Beer)
Coors Light (Domestic Beer)

Here’s a copy of our wedding menu:


And here’s a sneak peek of the reception tables with the menus at each of the place settings. More to come on all of our pretty details soon!



Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios
Cake: Wente Catering

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