If you've found your way to this post chances are that you're a wine lover or that you have wine-lover friends. You are probably getting ready for the holiday season by picking out the best wine to bring to a party. We understand that bringing the wine to the party is a big deal and we want to make the process of choosing the best one, as easy as possible. So, make sure to stay with us until the end of the article to find out which is the best wine for a dinner party and how to wrap a wine bottle like a pro.
Choosing the Best Wine for a Party
There are many factors that you have to take into consideration when trying to find the best wine possible to gift to someone. Let's break them down.
Don't Be Cheap
We understand that it can be endearing to go for the low-budget option, especially if you don't know much about wine yourself. However, you should keep in mind that a cheap wine will taste cheap. Obviously, that doesn't mean that you have to go over your budget, since you can find many affordable wine options on the market. The employees at your local liquor store will be happy to help you find the best option for your budget.
What Type of Wine is Best for a Party
During the holiday season, going for a red wine is a safe bet. Varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Malbec tend to appeal to a wider audience, so these are all excellent options.
In order to stay within your budget it's good to keep in mind that different varieties come at different prices. For example, in order to find a good Burgundy you'll have to spend approximately $50 but you can find excellent Pinot Noir wines for as little as $20 per bottle.
Match Party to the Wine
If you want a wine that screams "party" then go for a sparkling one. If you have the budget go for a bottle of high-quality champagne, but if you don't want to break the bank a Prosecco or a Moscato d'Asti are both excellent options.
Wine for a Dinner Party
The perfect wine for a dinner party starts with what is being served. A good rule of thumb is red wines pair better with red meats while white wines are best paired with fish and white meats. However, if you're not sure what is being served, a crisp white or lighter-style red is a safe bet. Here are a few that you can ask about:
Best White Wine for a Dinner Party
Chablis from France, Gavi from Italy, Pinot Gris from Oregon, or Sauvignon Blanc from almost anywhere.
Best Red Wine for a Dinner Party
Pinot Noir like Elk Cove Pinot Noir or if you want to go a little bolder ask for a red from Spain or Italy.
Match the Wine to the Party Host
While picking something that catches your eye can result in giving someone their new favorite wine, it's better to pick something that you know the other person will enjoy. After all, each wine lover has their own taste.
If you happen to know that the host of the party you're gifting the wine to is more of a white wine fan, go for an oak-aged Chardonnay. It's a white wine that perfectly matches the holiday mood.
But what happens if you don't know the host's wine preference? The best approach to this situation is to consider the other person's general tastes. For example, if you know that your wine lover friend has a sweet tooth then it's likely that they'll enjoy a sweet wine as well. If they avoid desserts then you probably want to get them a dry one.
Magnum Wine Bottles for the Party
If you're thinking about which wine is the best wine for a party, the answer is simple. It's the one that comes in a party size. Magnum bottles are 50.7 ounce bottles (1.5 liters), which means that they're double the size of the regular ones. They're always a great idea if you're bringing wine to a party since can be enjoyed by more guests. Not only will the guests have more tasty vino to sip, but the host will definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
How to Wrap a Wine Bottle
Before wrapping your gift, think if it even needs wrapping at all. There are many wine bottles that feature paintings on their labels. You wouldn't want to cover up a piece of art, so just consider adding a simple ribbon to the bottle, or placing it in a beautiful wine bag (you can find them in stores and online during the holiday season). There's no need to go over the top if the bottle isn't missing something.
Instructions for Wrapping a Wine Bottle
- Lay the wine bottle on the center of the wrapping paper. You should have about 1.5 inches below the bottom of the bottle.
- Roll the wrapping paper around the bottle and add the double sided tape to secure it. Make sure to tape the glass, not the label, because that could ruin it.
- Fold the rest of the paper under the bottom of the bottle and secure it with the double sided tape.
- Tie the bottle at the neck with a festive ribbon.
- If you're into arts and crafts, let your creative juices flow and add glitter or some festive ornaments.
- That's it!
Bringing Wine to the Party Final Thoughts
We really hope that this article has inspired your gift-giving spirit and provided some useful information on how to pick the best wine to gift during this holiday season. Perhaps you'll now find the process searching for a great wine gift less confusing. No matter which bottle you choose, we hope you have fun sipping it next to your friends and family this holiday season. Also, our PureWine products are perfect for bringing to a party for those that may have reactions to drinking wine. You will be the hero of the party!