Bringing wine to a party can be really daunting. If the hosts asks you to contribute wine then inquire about the menu. We have a series of wine and food pairing articles that can help you make a wise choice. Even if the menu is diverse you can bring a wine and suggest it for a particular course.
What if there is a buffet or you are simply bringing the wine as a hostess gift? You need a flexible, crowd pleasing wine that can pair with most foods or just a glass. Here are a few we have tried this year that fit the bill.
Stoller Family Estate 2012 Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon. Black cherry, cinnamon baking spice, with all of the “prettiness upon arrival” that has defined the 2012 Oregon vintage. The lucky teenage beauty queen who never had an awkward phase. Bringing a bottle from this reputable producer will also score you some points with the host.
Sample. Views are my own.
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Sparkling wine is the “little black dress” of the wine world – a classic that never goes out of style. Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut – *found on sale at World Market for $12* is made in the traditional method. This wine has the requisite characteristic yeasty flavors to bless your glass, but is subtle enough for sparkling cocktails.
On the topic of sparkling wines, we definitely recommend them as great gifts for the wine lover in your life.