When planning a dinner party, or a special romantic dinner at home with just the two of you, are you not sure which wine to serve with your meal? This is a question that has plagued many a uncertain host and hostess.
Back when Americans were basically a meat and potatoes type of people, a good rule of thumb to follow was to choose the color of your wine to go with your meat. In other words, if you were serving red meat (beef), you would go with red wine; poultry and fish was white wine and a rosé or blush with pork.
This simple formula could still work now, but social tradition is no longer a really big thing; plus the fact that there are so many ethnic dishes that are personal favorites. How do you select the right wine for that?
The purpose of this article is not so much to guide you in pairing your wine with your food. You could search online and find any number of good sites to help you with that. The main purpose of this piece is mainly to help the novice, or one who is just beginning to appreciate a good glass of wine, and serving wine at dinner.
Champagne and sparkling wines should be served before dinner and with appetizers. If you are not sure which one; try Asti Spumante. It is a nice mid – range (half – dry) flavor that is sure to please everyone.
If there is enough time before your dinner party or special dinner, try to find a good wine shop. Many times these shops can give you a tasting of different wines, or have small, sample bottles that you can purchase to try different wines. You might find that you want to serve more that one wine. Depending on the guest or guests, many people will have both red and white at a meal because of different preferences.
Another good idea would be to contact a local winery to see about scheduling a wine tasting. It’s all up to you, and how in depth you want to go.
If you’re not comfortable asking your guest or guests what they like in wine, or if you would like it to be all on your own try a nice Reisling – Spatlese. It is off – dry; meaning it is neither dry nor sweet, and in a pinch can go well with just about any meal. No meal could ever go wrong with a Reisling – Spatlese served.
Remember; good food, good wine and good company are the keys to success of any special dinner. So make sure you choose what you will enjoy. Bon Appetit, and may you have many more successful, special times.