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Which wines are worth serving at parties? A guide for hosts

via Dawid Lipiec

The various types of wine make it difficult to decide on a particular beverage. When choosing it, it is worth bearing in mind several important issues. The occasion and the type of food served are of course important. Slightly different types of wine are suitable for weddings, birthdays, business meetings or friendly dinners. The right temperature of the alcohol is also important. Even small details seem to be important. Chilled wine tastes completely different to that at room temperature. 

Which wine to choose for which occasion? 

Weddings are primarily associated with vodka, but wine is not to be missed. It is perfect for weddings and various special events. There is no shortage of people who do not reach for stronger drinks. However, they will gladly taste a glass of fine wine. The most common choice is sparkling white wine. It is already served at the entrance to the wedding hall. In the case of white wine, which is light and sweet, we can talk about versatility. It will go well with most of the food served at the wedding. It is always a good idea to have four or so types of wine to provide your guests with a choice. For birthdays and name days, semi-sweet and semi-dry red wines work well. Non-complex liquors will be universal. 

For christenings and communion receptions, the choice falls mainly on white wines. Dessert liquors, i.e. lightly sparkling, are great. You can also opt for sweeter and simpler wines without bubbles. The best solution will be to offer white wine, red wine, dry wine, semi-dry wine and sweet wine, one each bottle of each. One should always keep the menu in mind in the choice of alcohol, of course. If someone is organising a corporate event, semi-sweet and dry wines can be confidently recommended. It will be a good idea to reach for some non-standard, distinctive beverage. For a formal meeting, sparkling wines are perfect. An elegant, dry beverage that has fermented for a long time will be seen as noble and refreshing. You can also often find non-alcoholic wines at business meetings, dinners with business partners. In this way, it becomes possible to keep a sober mind. 

How do you match wine with a dish? What is the guiding principle? 

Fine wines for parties need not be expensive. It will definitely be more important to get them right. Matching with the menu is an extremely important issue. White, fresh and crisp wines go well with easily digestible dishes. They can be confidently served with salad, seafood or fried chicken. An aromatic white wine with an intense aroma will be a great option with dumplings, pork, chicken, white fish, fried vegetables, goat's cheese. If spicy and not too heavy dishes will be served, it is worth pairing them with a white, full and rich wine. It is a good choice with roast poultry, soup-cream, pasta with sauce. For dessert, on the other hand, a sweet white dessert wine is ideal. They can safely be served With ice cream, fruity desserts, citrus. For an elegant dinner, a sparkling white wine is a good choice. For starters, it will be a great option. For veal and pork dishes and vegetable dishes it is worth serving wine rosé. The lighter beverage goes wonderfully with seafood and herbs. 

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In order to enhance the flavour of the dishes, it will be a good idea to serve fresh and light wine. It pairs sensationally with salads seasoned with herbs, fish, poultry and vegetables. On the other hand, a well-structured red wine is recommended for spicy dishes. It goes well with pasta dishes, creamy soups and braised meat. Intense dishes go perfectly with a spicy and strong red wine. It is worth choosing it if smoked fish, mature cheeses, lamb, steaks, stews, bitter chocolate are on the menu. You can also find fortified wines, i.e. with the addition of liqueur. They can be confidently served with fried fish, salty snacks, game dishes and nuts. They also go well with desserts with dried fruit, dessert chocolate. Sparkling white and rosé wines are suitable with beef and fish dishes. They can be confidently served with seafood. 

The serving temperature of the wine also matters - what is the optimum temperature? 

It is also worth bearing in mind at what temperature to serve the wine. It is best to store it in a cool place where the temperature does not exceed 15 degrees Celsius. It is important that it is at a stable level. Temperature fluctuations adversely affect the quality of the wine. For a medium-bodied red wine, a temperature of 16 degrees Celsius would be optimal. If one has an older vintage, it can be slightly higher. A full-bodied red wine ideally tastes at 18 degrees Celsius. However, it is not recommended to exceed 20 degrees Celsius. The situation is slightly different for white wines. They retain their flavour if they are stored and served sweetened. However, putting alcohol in the fridge will not necessarily be a good choice. Served too cold they will appear downright flat. Only refreshment can be expected. 

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