Deciding on the Wine Mix for the Big Game

wineIn our last blog on “doing the wine” for a special event, we considered the importance of planning and looked at a basic formula for determining how much wine would be needed.

But what kind of wine? If you don’t know all of the attendees and their personal preferences — which is the likely scenario at a party with a lengthy guest list — how can you make such a key decision?

One simple solution is to go with half whites and half reds. Then, depending on your total bottle count and budget, try to get two or three varieties of each hue.

Among whites, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are solid choices. For a third, consider something on the sweet side, such as a Moscato or off-dry Riesling. Many people have a sweet tooth that extends to wine drinking.

Among reds, start with Malbec and perhaps a fruit-forward Zinfandel. Then, for a little variety, opt for a Rhone blend or perhaps a Sangiovese-based cuvee.

Because the big game is taking place in the dead of winter, you may want to have more reds on hand than whites. Reds typically have a slightly higher alcohol level, and alcohol warms the heart.

Another consideration: If the wine you’re purchasing needs to be shipped — such as from Vinesse to Point B — allow the extra time needed. Also consider having it shipped directly to the venue so you don’t have to schlep it around. Cases of wine are not light.

Finally, if you have any influence over the glassware to be used, exert it. When serving wine, it’s always best to do so in wine glasses. Glassware, like any other product, has a quality range. But you’re far better off with even a so-so wine glass than a plastic cup.

Remember, planning is essential. Start with the event date, and then back out the work, allowing ample time for each task (including shipping).

When it comes to “doing the wine” for a special event, those who fail to plan… end up drinking out of plastic cups.

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