As people who regularly plan dinner parties will already know, choosing the right wines to go along with your meal, can make or break the evening. This means you need to do a lot of research and ensure you provide all guests with suitable refreshment. Although there is obviously some room for personal opinion, in most instances we find people gravitating to the same drinks for the same food, and so today I’m going to give you an insight into what the vast majority of dinner party pros would select. Hopefully, this should help you evening go off without a hitch.
Of course, some of your guests might not drink alcohol at all, in which case you might like to check out some quality non alcoholic wine from Jim’s Cellars or another reputable retailer. At the end of the day, so long as you don’t make any major mistakes, everything should run quite smoothly. So, give me your attention for the next couple of minutes and I’ll give you some great and indispensable advice.
Start With Something Sparkling
When your guests first arrive, the chances are they’ll be feeling a little parched, and so it’s best to start the evening with something light and refreshing. A sparkling wine or champagne usually does the trick. Just make sure you don’t pour too many glasses, as this beverage tends to go straight to the head, probably due to the amount of bubbles.
White Wine For The Appetizers
As I mentioned a moment ago, you’re free to adjust these tips based on your own personal preferences, but white wine usually goes down very well when serving the starters. Regardless of whether yours is prawn cocktail, chorizo or even a homemade soup, your guests will be left with little or no criticism if you supply them with a quality white. It might be sensible to speak to the people who run your local wine specialist to ensure you purchase something tasty and impressive.
Red Wine For The Main Course
This is particularly important if you intend to serve beef or any other red meat. For whatever reason, red wine is renowned for complimenting this kind of dish, and so you should definitely get a decent bottle (or two). Though price rarely represents quality, it might be wise to opt for a bottle in the £10 to £30 range unless you’re willing to pay for something with a bit of history.
Sweet Wine For Dessert
Whether you purchase a standard bottle of Rose or opt for something a little more adventurous, giving your guests the option to have something sweet with their dessert is almost always a good idea. The only time you might want to look for an alternative is when the dessert you’ve prepared in exceptionally sweet in itself. In which case, go back to the white.
A Mix Of Wines For The Late Evening
Presuming your friends will be staying on for a few hours after the dinner party has finished, it’s wise to get all the wine out and allow them to continue drinking their favourite. This is also a good way of finding out which brands go down best, so be sure to take notes.
So, now you know a little more about how to choose the right wines for your dinner party, you can remove this worry from your mind and concentrate your efforts solely on cooking the best possible menu. Sadly, for that, you’re on your own.
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