5 Crowd Pleasing Wines
*This is a Guest Post by Wine In Mom. Her opinions may differ than my own (although when it comes to drinking wine, there isn’t much to disagree on).
Picking out wine can be a bit overwhelming. There are hundreds of bottles to choose from and varying price points . And what one person thinks is a great wine might be a turn off to other people. Add to that all the different wine varietals that are on the market it’s hard to know your White Zifandel from your Zifandel or your Moscato from your Riesling. And trust me there is a huge difference.
When picking wine for a party or holiday event you don’t want to have to buy a bunch of different wines. You want to find wines that are crowd pleasers. After a decade of drinking wine and going to wine tastings I like to think that I have a good grasp on what wines will work with any crowd.
5 Crowd Pleasing Wines
- Pinot Noir – You really can’t go wrong with a Pinot Noir and they make great gifts because there price point is a little higher and it has a reputation for being a slightly more upscale wine. While on the pricier side Pinot Noirs can be found at reasonable prices between $12 and $15 per bottle . Pinot Noir is a smoother wine and doesn’t have the bit that is typically associated with red wines.
- Cabernet Sauvigon – If someone says they like red wine usually it means they like Cabernet. If I’m at bar and want red wine I usually go with Cabernet. They are affordable and generally good.Cabernet is a warmer red wine than Pinot Noir and has a bit of that bite that you expect from a red wine. Many great Cabernets can be found in the 10-15 price range.
- Riesling -Fans of sweet and dry wines will enjoy a good Riesling. Even people who like White Zifandel and Moscatos may find a new favorite with the right Riesling . Rieslings come dry or sweet if you are unsure of what the person likes go sweet, or slightly sweet. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t appreciate a good, sweet Riesling.
- Chardonnay – If you want a fancier white wine that’s not sweet go with Chardonnay which is buttery or oaky in taste. Chardonnay in my opinion is a warmer white wine and great for fall and winter gatherings. It also pairs well with many fall foods like squash and apples so it would make a great pick for your Thanksgiving table.
- Prosecco – Sometimes you just want some bubbles but you don’t want to blow the bank on them. Prosecco is a great way to bring some bubbly to an event without the high price tag that quality champagne will run you. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine and is generally dry. I love the festiveness that a bubbly drink brings to a party, and by adding some cranberries to the bottom of the glass you can make this a signature cocktail.
Serving wine doesn’t have to be overwhelming with a little bit of knowledge you can always find a great crowd pleasing bottle.
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Bio: Julia is a South Jersey girl who enjoys wine, a good book and great cupcake. She is a mom to a 3 year old who keeps her busy with his ever-growing curiosity and energy. Her husband doesn’t know what blogging is but knows she spends a lot of time on the computer. When not on the computer she can be found playing Candy Land, having Road Rally’s and otherwise humoring her son. You can find her writing at Wine In Mom and as a contributor on Jersey Family Fun.