How to Choose the Wines for a Party
Try these four wine types to plan your dinner party and you can’t go wrong:
- Try sparklingat the beginning
- Appetizers with unusual whites.
- A terrific red wine for the main course.
- Sweet wine at the end.
Sparkling wine has become an alternative at dinner to white or red wine. Because sparkling wine is relatively cheap and it awakens the palate, as the effervescence literally dances on the tongue. A bubbly is a perfect, elegant, tasty, and funny way to start an evening. Some suggestions: Prosecco: De Stefani Prosecco Metodo Zero NV or Classic Champagne: Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV.
Why an esoteric white?
You don't need to choose common whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. It’s sometimes more interesting to choose something like Malvasia Bianco, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, etc. They bring lush mouthfeels and racy acidity, delicious especially with food.
Suggestions: 2012 August Kesseler "LORCH" Riesling Qualitätswein trocken or more traditionally 2013 Wild South Sauvignon Blanc.
Merlot, a fabulous stand-alone grape varietal, with subtle tannins and delicious red fruit flavors, it is almost always a popular choice and inexpensive. Better to go with a Merlot as the pairing for the second course. Pasta, chicken, steak or pork – Merlot’s structure can match well with sauces thick or thin. You may choose the wines like 2011 Proposal Merlot Reserve.
After you choose the wines, you may still need to check the following because you never want your wines run out.
- How many adults?
- How many kids?
- How long will the party run?
- Will it be indoors or outside?
- What type of party? Dinner party? Barbecue? Cocktail party?
If there will be lots of kids, please be sure to prepare enough juices, soft drinks and water. Will there be more grownups? Please make sure to supply plenty of wine.
Please remember not to open everything at the beginning of your party. You don't want to see many partially consumed bottles left.
In a word, prepare two to three drinks per guest for the first hour, and one or two each hour after that. Typically one bottle of wine will be enough for five glasses, so a three hour party with 20 guests might require 20 bottles of wine. If you are going to offer a variety, you will require more than that this to avoid running out of one type of wine.
If it’s a two hour cocktail party, you should have twice as many bottles of whites as red, unless you know your guests like drinking reds.
Champagne or Sparkling Wine -One 750 ml. bottle of champagne or sparkling wine fills 6 champagne flutes. If as a toast you can get more per bottle – perhaps around 8, and one glass per person is okay. If champagne as a pre-meal cocktail, 1.5 glasses per person. If served throughout a two-hour cocktail party or dinner, then three glasses per person.
Hope you hold a very interesting and successful party!