So you want to have your first dinner party for your wife’s family who’s coming into town for a couple of days, and you want to impress upon them that their daughter married somebody other than a beer guzzler. As her family is of class and culture, you have decided to purchase a couple bottles of wine to go with dinner, but you don’t know the first thing about wine selection. And since you want the wine to compliment the dinner, randomly picking something off your local grocer’s shelf would not be wise. Lucky for you, the dinner is not for a couple of weeks, so there’s plenty of time to take a crash course in wine selection at a beverage center that specializes in wines.
You will learn that not only should the wine go with the dinner, it should also be broad enough to satisfy the palate of each guest. Since the main course is going to be prime rib, the expert at the beverage center may suggest you try a medium-full Spanish red wine, or a rich white Burgundy. A full Italian red, Cabernet, or Merlot would also be a nice choice.
At some centers you have the opportunity to taste the wine that has been suggested, and in that case, you have to learn to trust your own taste even it you don’t have much prior experience with wines. You might want to take your wife with you just to get a second opinion. If it appeals to you, then trust that it will be just right for your guest.
You should also keep in mind that most wines are over-hyped, and over priced, so if you think that a higher price means a better wine, then you would be wrong. Wines vary depending on what your main course is going to be, and certain foods require certain wines, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
For light seafood dishes, I find that a California Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice, and for chicken or turkey, a light to medium Bordeaux goes well. If you’re having roast ham or pork, any white or light to medium red wine will do. These are just a couple of suggestions, but the final decision will have to be yours based on a variety of things from the type of sauce accompanying the meal, to the type of appetizers you’re serving. With just a little bit of experience you will be able to impress just about any guest.