It’s nice to be invited to a dinner at a friend’s house, or maybe it’s a work colleague, but you want to bring something along with you. Many people simply don’t want to show up at a dinner empty handed, so they usually tend to think about one of two things: an appetizer or the wine.
However, for anyone who knows about wine, it’s difficult to know which wine the person should bring unless they know what they’ll be eating. Good luck getting the host to spill the beans (and asking is also known as ‘bad form’).
Well, there is hope. And help. There are a number of types of wine that you may consider bringing along to this dinner. While you’re not guaranteed to have found the ideal or optimal match, you increase your odds tremendously that what they’re serving will be a good fit for the wine you brought.
Crisp white wines.
When you want to have a mouth watering experience with each bite, then you should focus on the crisper white wines. These are high in acidity and that creates the sensation of mouth watering anticipation.
The crisp white wines are generally Chablis, Gavi (Italy), or even Pinot Gris from Oregon. You can also choose a Sauvignon Blanc from almost any region and you’ll have a safe wine to bring to almost any meal.
Wine for dessert.
Most of our attention is placed on the meal itself, but a well crafted dinner isn’t complete until the dessert plate is served. Wouldn’t it be great if you had something tasty to serve along with dessert, other than water? Many wines will work well with dessert because most desserts are designed to stand on their own.
For this, you could be well with a subtle red or crisp white, and don’t hesitate to experiment a bit. The more times you bring along wine for a dinner event, the more likely you’ll be invited back once again.
When you don’t know what to bring along with you to a dinner event, you really can’t go wrong with a sparkling wine. The bubbles in these wines are great to stand up and offer a toast, but they’re also an asset to bring about the feeling that you’re actually celebrating something.
In essence, you are; you’re celebrating company, friends, and good times. You can spend a lot on a fine champagne, but if you’re not in the mood to dig deep into your bank account, you can certainly consider a ‘brut’ style. Most styles from around the world will be ideal in this situation.
Now, the next time you’re invited to dinner at a friend’s or family member’s house, even if they don’t want to divulge what they’ll be preparing, you’ll be in a better position to bring something nice to accompany and compliment it. Try not to guess what someone else likes with regard to wine; focus on quality and attempting to offer a nice complement to the meal.
Written by G. T. Hedlund