There are no set formulas for choosing the perfect wine for that special meal, event or person.
We have listed a few suggestions below to help you pick the perfect wine for the right moment or special meal. We hope it gives you some helpful insights to serving wines that should please any palate.
When your guests first arrive and are enjoying the appetizers a white wine is always the perfect choice. They are commonly lighter and drier and leave the palate fresh for the main entree. Some of the whites such as the Chardonnay can also be introduced during a rich dinner with a beautiful creamy wine sauce.
Another suggestion is the Sauvignon Blanc that is excellent served with a first course salad or shrimp cocktail or even a plate of delicate fish.
Whether toasting a special event, holiday, or just starting off the evening with appetizers, a more elegant choice of white wine is a sparkling wine. Sparkling wines range in levels of sweetness from a very dry Brut to super sweet Moscato d’Asti. There is a sparkling wine to satisfy every palate. It is a perfect wine for any special occasion!
Now that you are ready to serve the special dish you have worked on all day and planned especially for your dearest friends, you must choose the perfect wine. This is when you go for the full-bodied red.
One of the most popular and well known is a Merlot. Being a lighter red but still full-bodied, it is perfect for sautéed chicken, grilled pork or roasted lamb.
A Cabernet will go well with a fine standing rib roast or delicate filet mignon.
The Pinot Noir, while not as commonly served as a Merlot or Cabernet, is a unique blend of plum, vanilla and blackberry. A perfect wine for game meat and holiday fair, Pinot Noir will certainly be a hit.
When hosting a spicy Mexican meal, the Shiraz is a perfect compliment with its peppery flavor that will bring out the spiciness of your meal.
Italian food with its hearty and robust tomato sauces requires a Chianti with its cherry notes and high acidity. A Chianti can range in price and quality, but there is one to fit every budget.
As you can see from the suggestions above you may wish to have both a white wine and a red wine on hand when hosting a dinner. Some guests will most likely pick the wine they prefer and stay with that choice for the entire evening. Another may choose a white for the start of the evening and finish with a red. So always be prepared with the perfect wine!