How to Order Wine for a House Party
Nothing spread joie-de-vivre like a get together of friends and family over a meal. The merrymaking gets an additional boost when there are elixirs like wine flowing freely. But as a host it can often be a difficult task to plan it all, especially when it comes to wines. Next time you plan to throw a party and are unsure of how to go about planning, choosing and selecting wines, this post will come to the rescue.
Things to consider
It all starts from the number of people you are inviting. While we are always proponents of more the merrier, if you are having more than 10 people it will be a smart option to have beer and hard spirits apart from wines as well.
Food obviously plays a major role. What wines you will serve will depend on the cuisine and style of service. Choose wines which are versatile and work well with different cuisines without clashing with each other.
Wines in India are an expensive affair. Keep a budget in mind as to how much you want to spend on the wines. As part of a gathering and party environment conversations and interactions is the primary focus. Not many will pay too much attention to the glass in their hands, therefore it does not make sense to invest in expensive wines. But at the same time it does not mean that you will scrimp and serve bottom rack wines. With quality and consistency of wines improving with every vintage Indian wines are good option when it comes to value for money when compared to imported variety.
People tend to drink at least 2 glasses of wine before settling down for the meal, you will need 4-5 bottles of your aperitif wine
What wines to order?
Choose at least three wines, red, white and sparkling. Sparkling wines are a great way to leave a positive impression on your guests’ mind. Serve some sparkling wine as they arrive, this will be your aperitif wine. There are plenty of good Indian sparkling wines which are available in the market now. If you are feeling extravagant opt for a Prosecco.
Your choice of red and white wine will be your main wine, which will not just pair with the food being served but also stand on its own. For red wines varietals like Merlot, Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc are a good bet. Old world red wines can be overwhelming and they require attention and patience, not the perfect party pleaser. This is where new world wines from South Africa, Chile, Australia and even India fit in very well.
White wines are easier to pick, go for fresh wines with great balance and acidity, Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are the safe bets – white wines from Alsace in France, New Zealand, Tuscany in Italy are smart choices.
How many bottles to order?
A bottle contains 750 ml of wine which can be comfortably divided into 5 pours of 150 ml each. Let’s assume that you have 10 people, including yourself, over for your party.
- People tend to drink at least 2 glasses of wine before settling down for the meal you will need 4-5 bottles of your aperitif wine.
- If you are setting up a sit down meal, white wines go first with salads and soups; you will need 3-4 bottles. A bottle or so extra just in case someone wants to go back to the whites. Same goes for red wines.
- In case it is not a sit down meal, budget for minimum of 5 bottles each of red and white wine. As your guests move around the space, it will be difficult to track of how much wine is getting consumed.
If you order a substantial amount of wine, your vendor might even give you some discounts. Chances are that you will exhaust all bottles by the end of the party, but if you fear bottles will remain unopened and you storage issues fix a deal with your wine shop so that you can return unopened bottles back.