If you are planning a party, plan on serving some wine. The key to serving wine is to know what to serve with it, as well as what doesn't pair well with particular-types of wine. Visit wine shops and specialty grocers to find delicious wines for your upcoming event.
Some wines that pair well for a party include:
A crisp white. Crisp white wines, like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, work well with rich foods as the acidity cuts the fatty flavors. Serve your favorite white wines with paté, dips, and fried foods--all which go over well at a party! For example, serve cheese fondue with veggie dippers and a chilled glass of a white Riesling.
A tangy rosé. Rosé is a festive wine for toasting at parties. Serve with delicate foods, like finger sandwiches and seafood, when you don't want to overpower the flavor of the wine with nosh. A great pairing is a cold glass of rosé with seafood dip, served with toast points or crackers.
A full-bodied Burgundy. Planning on firing up the grill for your party? Serve room-temperature red wines, like a full-bodied Burgundy or Pinot Noir with your favorite grilled meats. Red wines hold up to bold flavors; serve beef kabobs or grilled steak with red wine for a great, satisfying meal that guests will love.
A mellow Merlot. Italian foods, like spicy sauces and pasta, are complemented by the flavors of red wines, particularly Chianti or Merlot. Plus, Italian-inspired dishes are great for a party because they can be served family-style at room temperature. For example, serve crusty bread with tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella with glasses of an inexpensive Merlot.
Something sparkling. Sparkling wines, like Prosecco and Champagne, are great for celebrating and toasting at a party. These are an excellent choice for rich, sweet foods and they lighten the palate during a heavy course. If you are planning a dessert party, consider pairing cheesecakes, pastries, and chocolate with a chilled glass of sparkling wine for the perfect taste combination.
A sweet port. Port wine is sweet and a bit heavy, so it is frequently served during a dessert course. Don't overdo it on the sweet by serving with a rich, decadent dessert, though; instead, serve with fruit, cheeses, or light pastries for a delightful party refreshment.
Try these pairings at your next party or celebration. Use these tips as a guide when visiting a wine or specialty store to find the perfect beverages for your menu.