So you’ve decided to serve wine at your next party, but where do you start? What kind should you get? How much should you buy? This guide will help you answer these questions and more.
What kind of wine should I buy?
Make yourself more interesting! A bottle of wine can be a great conversation piece at any event, so ask questions at your local shop. Remember: good wine does not have to break the bank.
When buying for a number of people and you don't know what they all drink, play it safe. Stay away from the extremes; think crowd appeal.
For whites, go with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigios, and even some blends.
Dry Roses are always a great option because they suit so many tastes and so many different food profiles.
For reds, blends are always the best option followed by Pinot Noirs.
Here are some tasty wines with broad appeal that are easy on the wallet:
This is a well-balanced, light white wine with liveliness from start to finish. The palate offers a long, fresh, and fruity finish with aromas of white flowers.
If you only plan on serving one white wine, it should be dry, but not too acidic or unusual. This pinot grigio has great balance and acidity with notes of pear and apples.
A beautiful blend of five varietals makes up this easy-drinking rosé from Provence. It's light and refreshing with flavors of strawberries, cherries, and spice. It pairs well with most foods, so it's a great option when serving a party spread. And the screw top means you won't have to go searching for a corkscrew when it comes time to open another bottle.
A perfect light red wine that won't overwhelm your party fare, this 100% Pinot Noir is a great bargain! It's lively and fresh with raspberry notes up front, finishing with bitter chocolate and herbs. It also has an easy-to-open screw top.
A big wine for a small price, this Portuguese red blend is rich, silky, and full of blackberry and spice. Most people who drink red wine think of themselves as having a preference for full-bodied styles, so if you only have one red to serve, this is a great choice.
How many bottles should I buy?
The basic rule of thumb is 2 drinks per person for the first hour and then 1 drink per person per hour for the rest of the event. A bottle of wine (750mls) has about 5 drinks (5oz pours) each.
If you choose to buy your wine from us, we're happy to let you return any unopened bottles, and we offer a 10% wine case discount on all non-sale wines.
What type of glasses should I use?
Speaking of not breaking things... shatterproof GoVino glasses are a great option for parties, especially during the summer months when you’re more likely to be enjoying wine outside. They drink like a wine glass because they aren’t made with just any old plastic, but with carefully selected polymers, which reflect a wine’s color and projects its aromatics much like fine crystal. They’re made to be reused (they are top-rack dishwasher safe), but they're also ultimately recyclable.
What else do I need to consider?
Don't forget to have ice, ice buckets, and a corkscrew. And to take it to the next level, a bar menu can be a great addition. Adding a little description of each wine to the menu will help guests get a better idea of what they're getting if they haven't had any of the wines before.
Still have questions?
Give us a call (609-677-9880)--we'll be happy to put an order together for you and arrange for local delivery. We can even provide catering services if you also need food!