You know that your wine pairing with your meal is an important part of planning the perfect meal, but what about pairing a wine with a special occasion?
If you don’t know what cork to pop on your next festive occasion, use the guide below for some suggestions.
Occasion #1: social gathering
The key here is to serve drinks that are easy and mild crowd-pleasers. Select either red or white, or one of each. Try a white Gruner Veltliner or a Zweigelt (red). Worried about the cost of wine for a group? Don’t forget boxed wine. It’s the same quality of wine at a fraction of the price.
Occasion #2: a promotion
Congrats! You got a new job! This calls for a celebration, and a celebration-worthy wine is something bold and powerful. Try a red, and reach for a high-class bottle, this is a big occasion! Try Barolo, Grand Cru Burgundy or Rioja Gran Reserva.
Occasion #3: an anniversary
This is a romantic celebration, so the wine should be sentimental. Drink the wine you had on your first date, or the wine you served at your wedding. Or, buy a wine from the year you were married and break it out on the big day.
Occasion #4: dinner with mom and dad
A great wine for this sort of dinner party is one that is a crowd-pleaser and a conversation piece. Choose a bottle that has a story, maybe one that you picked up on your last trip to Europe, or a bottle from the local farmer’s market. Tell them a memory about the trip or the stand you bought it from, and explain to them why you waited to share the wine with them.
Occasion #5: your birthday
Birthdays are a mix of sentimentality and celebration. Do it in style with your favorite wine. White or red, pick your favorite. Make it sentimental by choosing a wine from the year you were born. Or, if you’re from wine country, try something from your birth state.
Occasion #6: housewarming
Great news, this is one occasion you don’t have to buy wine for. Host a wine and cheese party and ask guests to bring their favorite bottles and have a wine tasting! Who knows, you might find a new favorite.
The great thing about picking great wines is that there are no hard and fast rules. The most important thing is to select a bottle that you love and will enjoy. The wine should be a pleasing pairing that enhances your festive occasion.
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