We all know that wine at dinner is almost always a necessity and when you're headed to a dinner party, you can't arrive empty handed! Wine is a great last-minute purchase and there are endless options available, meaning you are almost always guaranteed to find a wine that will suit the tastes of whoever you’re shopping for. There are over 10,000 different types of wine grapes all around the world and when you step into your local wine shop, its easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly infinite rows of wine bottles. Begin narrowing your choice by thinking about which occasion you are purchasing for or by considering the tastes and preferences of the wine lover in your life. With this said, here’s our guide to choosing the perfect wine for a dinner party. Cheers!
Visit a store with a large collection of wines The benefits afforded to you when you go into a specialty wine store is that the employees are well-versed in the world of wine and can offer you their knowledge and expertise when you are picking out a bottle. The Wine Shop is Ontario’s wine retailer of choice and supplies their customers with top picks from Peller Estates, Trius, Thirty Bench, Wayne Gretzky Estates and so much more! By offering wines, gifts and glassware, their helpful staff always delivers superior shopping (and wine tasting) experiences.
For Your Dinner Party Host We all know that you should never arrive at a party empty-handed, and we can almost guarantee that when you arrive with a magnum of wine, you’ll definitely be invited back! A magnum bottle, which is the equivalent of two standard 750ml bottles, are great gift choices, especially if you’re headed to a party because they’re generous, festive, and helpful. To be on the safe side, opt for a versatile wine that can pair well with lots of different dishes, such as a white that is not overly dry, or a red that’s not too heavy. Giving your friend or dinner party host a magnum or two of a simple party wine, like Chardonnay or another easy drinking wine, takes some pressure off the host since the wine will be plentiful and will appeal to most party guests as well. Peller Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5L): $17.95 from The Wine Shop
- A smooth, medium-bodied wine, well balanced between oak and apple fruit flavours. The smooth mouth feel followed by refreshing acidity makes this wine an excellent food partner.
Save your standard 750ml bottles for more intimate settings, such as a dinner with less than four people, or gift standard-sized bottles as solitary gifts once the party is over. Most dinner guests usually bring their own bottles of wine, but they may not all be opened as the host is likely to have their own wine pairings already planned to pair with the food they are serving. If you’re planning to gift your wine, make it stand out from the crowd by attaching a personalized note that says, for example, “I hope you enjoy this later!”.
For a Birthday or Wedding Gift If you’re gifting wine for a special occasion such as a birthday or wedding, you have to make sure its a special one! These wines should definitely align with their taste and you should spend more on a bottle for this occasion than you would on a bottle for a party. Weddings in specific call for a luxurious wine that you most likely wouldn’t purchase for yourself, such as a bubbly from one of the championed champagne houses, or a rare, esteemed red. Generally, it is best to follow the general rule: spend at least as much as it would cost the newlyweds to host you on their wedding day. Trius Vidal Icewine 2017 (375ml): $58.95 from The Wine Shop (Below, Left) Niagara's purest luxury! A rich, luscious wine with perfectly sweet explosions of tropical fruit. Wayne Gretzky Estates Whisky Oak Aged RED 2017 (750ml): $120.10 from The Wine Shop (Below, Right) Crafted from our signature Cabernet-Merlot blend (aged in French and American oak), 25% is then finished with our Red Cask whisky oak. This bold wine has flavours of dark berries, vanilla and a subtle smokiness with a smooth and round mouthfeel.
There you have it! Hopefully, this guide has given you a starting point if you’re looking to find the perfect bottle of wine to gift to your friends, family, and loved ones.