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6 Essential Dinner Party Wines You'll Always Want in Your Cabinet
Elevate your dinner party with a delicious array of wine that pairs perfectly with your dish. These six wines are safe bets for any host to have on hand for planned celebrations and spontaneous gatherings alike!
For Steak or Pasta Dishes: Brunello di Montalcino
If you're looking for a well-balanced, full-bodied red, then the Brunello di Montalcino is an excellent choice. The moment you uncork the bottle you'll notice the aromatic red berries that give this wine its incredible silky texture and taste. A favorite of Rachael's, this Italian wine is best paired with red meats, like bavette steak, and medium-seasoned cheese. Tip: Decant the Brunello at least one hour before serving to achieve the best taste.
Price: $58 (usually $65)shop the brunello di montalcino
For Hearty and Lighter Fare: Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a great palate-pleaser to have on hand with its versatile, semi-sweet flavor profile. This particular Italian white has a slightly pink color and combines crushed flowers, sweet red berries, peaches, and citrus to create a wine that complements a variety of meals from creamy risotto to grilled salmon. Its lingering finish allows for even more enjoyment.
Price: $38shop this pinot grigio
For Hors D'oeuvres or Seafood Dishes: Sauvignon Blanc
To toast to the perfect evening, a Sauvignon Blanc is a great way to start a meal. This wine produces a lively flavor mixed with lime, apple, aromatic white flowers, and other smokey and bright ingredients. Pair this subtle French wine with any variety of fish dishes, and it complements the flavors of scallops and goat cheese especially well.
Price: $26shop this sauvignon blanc
For Pulled Pork and Barbecue: Zinfandel
For a red that's not as dry, Zinfandel is a nice choice that combines the full-bodied flavor of a red wine with a slightly sweeter finish. This version from California has a dark ruby hue and promotes fresh flavors like raspberry, blackberry jam, plums, vanilla, and white pepper for a little spice. To get the most out of this enticing wine, pair it with barbecue pulled pork or a tasty lamb dish.
Price: $34shop this zinfandel
For Red Meat Dishes: Cabernet Sauvignon
One red wine to keep in your bar cabinet at all times is a Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a traditional red wine with complex flavors and tannins for a bold taste. This particular California blend consists of 83 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Petit Verdo, 6 percent Merlot, and 3 percent Syrah for a dense, nuanced flavor. A Cab is a versatile wine, but it pairs best with cheese and red meat dishes like provolone-stuffed meatballs.
Price: $55 (usually $60)shop this cabernet sauvignon
For Desserts: Rosé
It's a good idea to keep a sparkling wine in your cabinet, particularly for special occasions. A bubbly Rosé can be either sweet or dry (often labeled "brut"), and this dry variety is particularly pleasant. Fruity notes like white peach and raspberry add a touch of sweetness without overwhelming the flavor. This French wine also contains currants, red berries, and a hint of spice that pairs well with desserts like chocolate-covered cherries or a flakey pastry.
Price: $90shop this rosé
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