Dinner parties are a great way to bring loved ones together after a period of time apart, especially in today’s circumstances. After all, who doesn’t enjoy spending time reuniting with their closest friends and family over delicious food and a bottle of wine?
But, if you have a friend who’s a wine expert, novice, or something in between, the perfect wine might not come to mind right away. Instead of wondering what bottle of wine you should bring to the dinner table post-social distancing, we have a few ideas that will be sure to compliment the food and overdue company.
Excite the Table with Sparkling Wine
All wine lovers can appreciate the beauty of a delicious bottle of sparkling wine. Sparkling wines are a great host or hostess gift because they complement a variety of dishes at a dinner party. Your host could serve pasta, chicken, or fish, and your bottle would be the perfect balance for the meal.
Even though this type of wine might seem event-specific (sparkling wine is very festive!) there is no better way to kick off an evening with friends than with a bottle of something fun, and memorable.
Sparkling wines are also an appealing hostess gift because if you don’t end up having your bottle served that evening, they’ll be able to enjoy it for a number of different occasions.
We recommend purchasing our Sparkling Brut for those of you who want to experience dry, but crisp flavors, bursting with bubbles.
Rich Red Wine for Everyone
Red wine is a great choice for dinner parties! If you know your host, and their company, doesn’t love the sweeter side of things, a deep rich red wine is a staple choice for the occasion.
If you know what the host will be serving ahead of time, and dinner is featuring a variety of game or red meat, our delicious Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are a must-have for the table. Your friends will love the dry, but crisp flavors of red wine, as they indulge with their favorite courses.
Dry White Wine is a Crowd Pleaser
Nothing beats the crisp flavors of white wine, especially during the warmer summer months. If your host decides to have their dinner party outdoors, a great wine that’s bound to please is our Sauvignon Blanc with its citrusy flavors! It’s great for lighter fare and accompanies a variety of great sides easily. Another fantastic dry white wine is our White Carolinius. It’s light but delicious flavors are well-known crowd-pleasers, so your host can serve this with a variety of courses.
Surprise the Host
If you want to bring a more unique bottle to dinner, try something that offers a little more surprise than a traditional wine, like our Rose of Cabernet Franc. Unlike a Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio, this bottle is full of unfamiliar flavors such as rhubarb and strawberry, which is completely different from most bottles. Your host will love the gift, and before you know it, it will be the evening conversation starter.
Want to send your favorite bottles of RayLen wine ahead of time, as the ultimate hostess pick me up? Take advantage of RayLen’s case club membership, so your future host can have their wine ready to go for future dinner parties! But, if they can’t wait and have a bottle for themselves beforehand, we can’t say we blame them!