Saturday, December 1, 2012

Which Wine To Serve At Holiday Parties

Holiday Party Time & Wine!!

Well with December finally here it must be time for holiday parties! And while parties are great fun, they can also be stressful if you’re picking the wine.

Fear not, your Neighborhood Wine Porch Party blogger is here to help.

There are several things to consider when picking your party wine and the first is what type of party are you having…dinner, cocktail, small, large or in-between. No matter, there is no reason to kill your budget to have a great wine for your party guests.

One good rule for parties is to serve a nice wine first when everyone can still enjoy the wine's true flavor.

Then switch to a less expensive but good second wine as the party picks up. And if it’s a big party, it’s also safe to just start off with that “second” wine because no one will really notice at a large party.  

There are a lot of good wines under $15 and The Dallas Morning News wine panel recently found 10 really good second bottles of wine of which four were under $7.00.  And Stoney’s, one of my favorite wine bar/shops recently had a holiday wine tasting and three of his wines were under $14 with bigger discounts if you bought a case. And all the wines were really nice.

So shop around for your wines, especially if you’re having a big party, because prices can really vary by store. But good wines are out there to meet your taste and budget.

Now what types of wine should you get? That’s puts us back to what type of Party are you having? If your party food centers around turkey, ham and casseroles. then what I wrote for Holiday dinners still holds true.  Sparkling wines and rosés are always good, as are medium bodied wines that are well balanced and low in tannins and acidity. You’re looking for wines that won’t be overpowered by the heavy foods and won’t overpower your green bean casserole and the other lighter foods.   

Fruitier wines with lower alcohol will go well with the turkey and everything else you’re serving at the party.  

Rieslings, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio and Viognier are all good white wine choices. And Pinot Noir, Syrah, Beaujolais Nouveau, Zinfandels and Grenache are the reds for parties with traditional holiday foods.   

Now if that party of yours is just hors d’ouerves and other munchies, then go with varietals that everyone knows and likes, especially lighter fruity wines.

For white you might go with a lighter chardonnay, especially the non-oaked ones, Pinot Grigio or even a crisp and fruity non grassy Sauvignon Blanc. And from a red standpoint go with lighter Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.                                                                                                                          

Remember, a party will have friends with different tastes in wine, so have both red and white wines and it’s never bad to have a variety of wines, a kind of wine buffet to go with your food buffet!

Your holiday party is about friendship and celebrating the season with the ones you love so don’t break your budget on the wine and always buy party wines with lower alcohol levels. You want your guests to have fun and be safe!  

Have A Very Merry Christmas And A Great Holiday Party!



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  1. Last Christmas had organized a corporate party for my employees at one of corporate event venues San Francisco. Had hired corporate planners for the management. And had lovely gifts along with cards for everyone. It was liked by all.