Hosting a wine tasting party is a blast. For wine lovers, even a simple dinner party is really just an excuse to showcase and taste great wines in great company.
More wine is expected to be consumed during such out-stretched, commotion-filled dinner parties in comparison with regular dinners, so one type of wine to blanket the evening is usually insufficient and boring at dinner parties.
You can pair a wine not only for each food course, but also for each segment of the evening (upon arrival, appetizers, toasting, after dinner sippers, etc)...
Generally speaking you’ll want to naturally follow some simple guidelines:
The wine course during dinner party can go as such, mix and match to suit your needs:
Time-tested tip: Serving to your guests upon their arrival a Champagne, Spumante, or other sparkling wine helps immediately foster a jovial, light-hearted mood while honoring your guests, and cleansing their palates with bubbly wine during hors d’oeuvres before diving into the heavy reds and whites during dinner. Guests will immediately perk up when served a bubbly wine, and if they’re nervous about trying out different wines, starting off with a good bubbly will lighten the burden and remind them that wine drinking is about having fun and enjoying life’s pleasures - it's not a competition.
This varies wildly from wine to wine, and party to party. Consider the following:
Rule of Thumb: While hosting a wine tasting party & dinner party, during the dinner portion, plan to have a bottle of each type of wine for every four guests - this guarantees four ounces of wine per person, plus a little extra for some occasional seconds. Another rule of thumb is guess around a bottle per guest for the entire wine tasting party. While that might sound excessive, if your dinner party is spread over several hours into the night, and over a course of several delicious foods, it’s actually not overindulgent at all.
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