With the Christmas party season now in full flow, I thought now would be the perfect time to take a look at some Party wines.
Choosing a wine to serve to a large group at a party can sometimes prove challenging, but if you follow the few simple guidelines below or indeed if you were to go with one of my recommendations you will find it is perfectly possible to pick up crowd-pleasing wines without too much stress.
Of course when buying for a large group budget is paramount, but that shouldn’t necessarily mean going for the cheapest wine available. You will find that if you can stretch to €10 a bottle (all my selections today are under €11) you can be looking at wines several orders of magnitude better than those just a couple of euro cheaper.
The next thing you need to do is to put the needs of the crowd ahead of your own personal tastes, by this I mean we need to avoid the extremes at all costs and look for wines that sit in the ‘Goldielocks’ zone ie: niether too heavy nor too light, too dry or too sweet etc.
Lastly, one thing that’s often overlooked is alcohol content; you may love Amarone, but at 16% ABV it certainly won’t make for an elegant evening of sparkling conversation if you serving it to all your guests.
The wines below all fit the parameters above and are all versatile enough to be served with or without food.
Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc is from a family-owned and run winery in the Loire Valley, being family owned is important, especially when the family are fanatical about their wine. Incredible purity of fruit is the hallmark of this explosive, intense estate grown Sauvignon Blanc.
Made in South Africa’s Coastal Region by multi-award winning producer Man Vintners, Bellow’s Rock is a proper new world Sauvignon. Bursting with fruit, herby aromatics, beautifully balanced, easily of a style and quality category that can put it up to New Zealand.
Rizzardi's single estate wine is Pinot Grigio as it is meant to be! Bursting with ripe pear and peachy fruit. This is a more serious, complex take on Pinot Grigio with honey and sweet spices adding to the rich pear fruit.
Working with traditional Portuguese varieties, the winemaking team at Porta 6 have crafted a super-smooth red in the modern international style, which is jam-packed with ripe bramble fruit, little wonder then that this is now our best-selling Red Wine!
From renowned winemaker Gérard Bertrand, La Vielle Capitelle is well-structured, offering a supple blend of cassis and mulberry fruit, nuanced on the nose by notes of wild thyme and spice, and softened by a hint of French oak.
With fruit grown at high-altitude in the foothills of the Andes and a label inspired by the street artists or 'Porteños' of Buenos Aires, Porteño is a juicier, more approachable take on Malbec from leading producer Norton.