Want to Be a Great Host? Serve the Best Wine

There are no set formulas for choosing the right wine for that special meal, event, or person. In fact, people have their own partialities when it comes to wine preferences. We have listed a few suggestions below to help you pick the right wine for the right moment or a special meal. We hope it gives you some helpful insights into serving wines that should please any palate.

When toasting that special event in your life or the life of a loved one the whites are a perfect choice. The more common toasting wine for weddings and anniversaries is of course the more elegant choice of Champagne.

The Pinot Noir, while not as commonly served as a Merlot or Cabernet, is a unique blend of plum, vanilla, and blackberry. Oregon produces Pinot Noir where the blackberries grow wild and are sweet and juicy. This wine will certainly be a hit.

When hosting a spicy Mexican meal the Shiraz is a perfect compliment with its peppery flavor that brings out the spiciness of your enchilada suiza or chili Verde.

Italian food with its hearty and robust tomato sauces requires a Chianti. A Chianti can range in price and quality. You may be able to find one that is rather inexpensive, but the quality is perfect for you.

A robust Burgundy would be red to choose for a fine standing rib roast or delicate filet mignon.

As you can see from the suggestions above you may wish to have both white wine and 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 be always prepared.