Wine Planning

A red, a white and a sparkling are your basic choices but feel free to experiment with different varietals from various regions. Visit our pairing page to pair with your dinner party offerings. In general, for white wines Chardonnay is extremely popular and also very versatile. For reds, Pinot Noir is the most versatile and an excellent choice for warmer weather. If you are serving spicy foods, a Riesling or a Sparkling wine are good choices.

Drink Planning for your Wine Party

There are three common sizes for buying wine. Knowing how many servings are in each bottle will help ensure that you are purchasing enough for you and your guests.

  • 750ml = 5 Servings
  • 1.5L = 10 Servings
  • 1 Case (twelve 750ml bottles) = 60 Servings

White, Red, Sparkling: Do I need all of these?

Consider a few factors:

  • The time of day you are hosting
  • The food you are serving
  • The theme of the party
  • The climate of the party setting

What temperature should I serve my wine?

Use these simple guidelines to ensure that you're serving your wine at the correct temperatures.

  • Whites & Blushes: 55° - 60°, refrigerate a few hours
  • Reds: 60° - 65°, refrigerate for 15 minutes or chill in an ice bucket for 5 minutes
  • Champagne/Sparkling: 45°, refrigerate and keep chilled in an ice bucket

Helpful Hints when Selecting & Serving Wines:

Not all wines are made (or served) equally! Keep these facts in mind as you serve your guests.

  • Older and fuller-bodied reds are best served decanted
  • When buying Champagne/Sparkling for a toast, we suggest an Extra Dry, since it’s slightly sweeter than Brut
  • A 750ml bottle of Champagne will fill up more champagne flutes (8 flutes) than wine glasses (5 glasses)
  • Match the weight of the food to the weight of the wine