5 Tips on Choosing Wine for a Party

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Updated July 19th 2023

Which wine is the best for a party? Many people have a hard time choosing wine for a party or other gatherings with many people. In this guide you will learn how to select wines that many people like and that go well with a wide range of foods.

Wine is essential at every celebration and party. When hosting a party or social gathering it is important to have food and wine that suits the majority of your guests' preferences and diets. This does not mean that you need to make it too complicated. With these five simple tips you can easily select wines for large parties and celebrations.

Tip #1: Stick to the classics

When selecting wine for a large group of people, the general rule is to stick to the classic grape varieties. This is probably not the best time to try obscure niche wines. Instead, select popular grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Of course, the wine you choose should be suitable for the food that you are planning to serve.

Tip #2: Serve both White and Red

To be on the safe side, always serve white wine and red wine. Even if the red wine is more suitable for the food you are serving, there might be some of the guests who don't like red wine and vice versa. At summer parties, a rosé wine can be a good choice together with a white and a red wine.

Tip #3: Sparkling is always a good idea

Any party can benefit from a sparkling wine. It can be served as an aperitif to welcome the guests and set the right mood for the party. It can also be served with a wide range of foods and even with desserts. Many people associate celebration with sparkling wine. Champagne is the most famous bubble wine, but there are many similar and more affordable styles. In our guide about sparkling wines you can learn more about the different styles.

Tip #4: Dessert wine gives a special feeling 

Consider serving a dessert wine if you want to give your party a special touch. Many people switch to coffee or tea when it is time for dessert. If you instead serve a good and perfectly paired dessert wine, we promise you that your dinner will be more memorable and festive.

Tip #5: Don't forget non-alcoholic alternatives

Last but not least, don't forget to offer a non-alcoholic beverage for those who don't drink alcohol. There are many good non-alcoholic wines available nowadays.

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