"Bring the Wine"

Shopping for Wine: When Your Host Asks You to Bring the Wine, GreatPartyRecipes.com

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.

Simple "Bringing the Wine" Guidelines

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.

    At this point you can Evel Knievel right over the rest of the guidelines here, go straight to any good wine shop and ask them to suggest a wine for the occasion that is 'respectable but reasonably priced.'

    This is an excellent way for anyone to find new, exciting wines; often, they will recommend little known wines from small or local wineries that you will come to love. And when you are asked about the wine? Answer honestly, that you haven't tried it yet but you hear it's very good.

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.

Never 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:

    Red wine goes with red meat. It's also most appropriate for a barbecue. In fact, you might check with your host about bringing Red Wine Sangria to the barbecue. No one doesn't like it.

    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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