How Much Wine Should You Buy for Your Next Party?

If you’re hosting a party, it’s important to consider the alcohol you’ll serve. Wine is a popular option for many events, but how much should you buy? Serving too little wine may lead to guests leaving early or feeling unsatisfied, while too much wine may lead to waste and unnecessary expenses.

In this blog post, we’ll explore factors to consider when deciding how much wine to buy for your next party. By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of how much wine to purchase and how to provide the best experience for your guests.

Guest Count

The number of guests you invite will play the biggest role in determining how much wine to buy. As a general rule, it’s best to have at least one drink per guest for every hour of the event. If your party lasts four hours and you invite 20 guests, you should aim to have at least 80 drinks available.

Keep in mind, however, that not all guests will drink alcohol. You should also have non-alcoholic options available, such as water and juice, and provide alternative beverages for those who don’t drink wine.

Type of Wine

Another factor to consider is the type of wine you’ll be serving. If you’re serving only one type of wine, it’s best to provide about half a bottle per guest. If you’re serving both red and white wine, it’s best to provide one bottle of each for every four guests. Keep in mind that some guests may prefer one type of wine over the other, so providing a variety can help accommodate different tastes.

When it comes to choosing the type of wine for the occasion you may want to consider several factors:

What’s the Occasion?

Does the celebration call for some bubbly, or are you looking for a more casual sipping wine?

What’s the Weather Like?

Hot summer days are best paired with crisp, sweet white wines, while cold days are for warming reds and rich foods.

What Do Your Guests Like?

It’s difficult to please everyone, and sometimes you just don’t know what your guests prefer, but it’s never a bad idea to throw in a few favorites or requests!

How Should I Serve the Wine?

To best serve your wine, follow these tips: refrigerate whites and rosés for a few hours before serving, keep reds at or slightly below room temperature, chill champagne/sparkling before serving, and keep it on ice between pours.

Food Pairing

If you’re serving food at your party, consider the types of dishes you’ll be providing and how they pair with wine. For example, if you’re serving fish, it’s best to serve white wine, while red wine pairs better with red meat. Additionally, consider how spicy or salty the food is, as this can affect the taste of the wine.

Providing a variety of food and wine options can help ensure that each guest finds something they enjoy.


Finally, consider your budget when purchasing wine. Keep in mind that expensive wine doesn’t necessarily mean better quality or taste. It’s possible to find affordable options that still provide an enjoyable experience for your guests.

When purchasing wine, look for bulk discounts and sales. Members of the RayLen Cellarmaster Club, for example, receive 10% off case purchases. The savings can really add up if you entertain regularly or host a large gathering!

Wine-Buying Calculator Infographic

This infographic from RayLen Vineyards provides a quick and easy way to determine how much wine you need for your next event. Just estimate the number of guests and multiply it by the length of the event (in hours) and divide that number by four. This will tell you how many bottles of wine you need to serve your guests!

Take the Pressure Out of Planning for Your Next Party With These Tips!

There are many factors to consider when deciding how much wine to buy for your party. By considering the guest count, type of wine, food pairings, and budget, you can ensure that your guests have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a successful and memorable party.

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