In this issue of Party Yak:
Like any good party guest, you ask your host if there is anything you can bring. But do you break out in a cold sweat when they suggest you "bring the wine" or at least "bring a bottle of wine" to the party? Don't. Finding the perfect bottle of wine is a snap, even if you know little about wine.
Here are some tips for choosing the perfect wine for the occasion and the basics of wine and food pairing.
The first thing you do is ask your host what's on the menu so that you can choose a wine that goes well with it. Also consider whether the party is casual or formal.
Bring the best wine you can afford or is appropriate for the occasion.
Let your choice complement the expense and effort of your hosts.
Don't spend less than $15 on a wine unless you are absolutely certain of its quality.
bring an inferior wine to hosts you feel have little wine appreciation.
Somehow, sometime, it will bite you right on your…er… reputation.
Wine and Food Pairing Basics:
White wine goes with white meat and fish.
Champagne or sparkling wine starts an evening well, or pairs well at mealtime with anything but very heavy foods, like steak.
Anything goes with pasta, but a nice Italian wine always seems most appropriate.
Sweet wines go with sweet food. In fact, you might consider bringing a dessert wine; most people don't think of that.
Here's a handy Wine and Cheese Pairings Chart.
As you can see, those scary words "bring the wine" can actually mean an opportunity for you to discover delightful new wines, or perhaps discover wine altogether.
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