Wineducation: Party Wines 3: festivals

The Festive Season and parties

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Christmas and New Years Parties often focus less on wine as a discussion point and more as a vehicle for inducing fun. With that in mind a host should consider it important to not over-buy serious wines but to have a greater volume of the tier 1 type wines.

That doesn’t mean you want to put out the cheapest wine you can find, as with all things there is often a very logical reason why cheap wines are cheap. That’s a future article, right there.

Talk to your wine merchant to find out what are good value wines. The Wine Man because he holds 2 WSET qualifications and over 20 years experience of wines from every wine growing nation. Not just French wine or Italian but all wines –  from everywhere. The Wine Man can ask questions about what you like and what you know rather and match this to an almost unlimited amount of knowledge any range of regions, countries, grapes, styles and prices.

OK, so you have located some low cost good wine but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on variety, as there are plenty of yummy, accessible wines around in the lower tiers. Here are few cases we have put together with Christmas in mind from tiers  1, 2 and 3.

Summer Party 12 (1st Tier Wines) 

Price: ¥950

Classy Party 12 (1st & 2nd Tier Wines)  

Price: ¥1,460

Fine Party 18 (Tier 1-3 Wines)  

Price: ¥2,450

If you were thinking which wine might I take along to someone else’s party, a new etiquette is in order. You want it to taste nice. You want it to impress someone. You want it to be low cost in case it gets drunk before you see it again or worse not opened at all.

Here are some wines to cover all those bases. Again, I have ordered them from lower to higher tier. In the first group we have first tier wines; white then red. In second gaggle are 2nd tier, and so on.

Tier 1 Whites

Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

Sella&Mosca Sardegna Vermentino

Zonin Collection Pinot Grigio

Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White A.O.C.

Tier 1 Reds

Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Tier 2 Whites:

Fernway Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Zonin Classici Pinot Grigio Friuli Aquileia

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc (Barrel Fermented)

Tier 2 Reds:

Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo)

Salentein Reserve Malbec

Tier 3 Red:

Tenuta Sette Ponti Morellino di Scansano

Unless the party is behaving like a perpetual motion machine; anything that starts, must stop. Here is a list of wines you might like to think about ending your party with:

Enrico Serafino Barolo D.O.C.G.

Zonin Ripasso Superiore D.O.C. (della Valpolicella essentially, without the intensity or price-tag)

Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella D.O.C.

Graham’s Fine Ruby Port

Maybe you have other ideas you would like to share with us.

Next time: I’ll talk about the Chinese wines you get kudos for taking to any refined gathering.

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