THE PERFECT GUEST WINE
A foodie and wine lover has invited you to be their guest for dinner. It’s customary to bring a bottle of wine.
But for a WINE EXPERT? Many people would be standing in front of a wall of wine in the Kroger or the Piggly Wiggly with sweat beading on the forehead.
So, let’s keep it simple.
If your host is a red wine lover, with a New World fruit-forward palate, choose something from Argentina. Try to go for a Malbec that’s higher elevation single vineyard, if it won’t break the bank.
If your host is a red wine lover, with an Old World palate, choose what I call Old Reliable: a Côtes du Rhône from the south of France. These wines are inexpensive, reliable food wines. They’re blends comprised primarily of Grenache. I call them crusty bread sandwich wines in the park grass on summer day, or a bubbly chunky soup wine on a winter’s evening.
WAIT. What if they love white wine? (If they’re wine lovers, of COURSE they do!) Here are some reliables:
oaked California Chardonnay for the New World palate
European Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre, white Bordeaux, Alto Adige) for the Old World palate
rosé from the south of France (I know you’re seeing a pattern here)
Still worried? Get bubbles. Who doesn’t like Champagne, or for a better value, Spanish Cava?