There’s something truly civilised about attending a stylish dinner party. Good food, good company and great wine – what better way to spend an evening? Fine dining in the comfort of your own home can be a satisfying way to spend an evening, but that’s not to say that hosting a dinner party will come without its stresses.
From perfecting a menu that will suit your guests to finding the perfect tipple to accompany each course, there are a number of decisions to make ahead of your event. At Hannibal Brown, we don’t think dining in style should seem so complicated – which is why today, we’re giving you a breakdown of the best wines to complement every type of cuisine.
Depending on the occasion, a glass of something sparkling will be the perfect way to welcome guests into your home and set the tone for an evening of sophistication and style. As you make the finishing touches to the first course, why not greet your evening’s company with a champagne and canapé reception?
Beef and lamb
With any red meat, a bottle of red will always be the perfect accompaniment. For lamb and leaner cuts of beef, a lighter red will compliment the delicate flavours and textures, whereas a full-bodied Shiraz or bold Barolo has a high level of tannin which works perfectly with a filet mignon.
Lighter foods, such as chicken, suit lighter wines – which is why a glass of Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect pick for these dishes. Think about which marinades or sauces you’ll be serving with the meat, as the rich flavourings may mean you decide to opt for a versatile red instead – such as a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fish and seafood
Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio – in fact, any white wine will complement a light seafood dish. For a heartier fish stew, a darker wine will be an exquisite accompaniment – so consider Pinot Noir if you’re offering your guests a glass of red.
There aren’t any set rules when it comes to pairing food and wine, which is why spicy dishes are often paired with contrasting wines. Riesling or a sweet Gewürztraminer will perfectly offset the spiciness of the dish – without detracting from the strong flavour.
With dessert, sweet wines are always a winner – but it’s important to take care here. Should your dessert be too sweet, a fruity rosé may end up overpowering your guests – so when designing your menu, opt for lighter desserts that won’t be overly decadent.
It’s the fermentation of the grapes and milk which makes cheese and wine such a perfect combination. Any sophisticated soirée will feature an after-dinner cheese-board, and this can mean adding even more wines to the list. Full-bodied wines are always a winner with hard cheese, whereas a sweeter wine is a good match for blue cheese. Our exclusive cheese and wine gift set features the perfect combination of Orsom Dairy cheeses and a bottle of Rioja Reserva, so you can rest assured that your cheese and wine selection will be the most mouthwatering.
After enjoying an evening of delicious dining, there’s no reason why the good conversation and fine wine should stop. Why not retire to the sitting room and share a bespoke bottle of bubbly with friends? Personalised wine bottles are always a fantastic topic of conversation, especially when the personalised wine labels feature photographs of the guests themselves.
Ready to find out more about which wines go with which food groups and host a stylish soirée of your own? Browse through Hannibal Brown’s exquisite range of fine wines or let us help you design your own personalised wine bottle! Personalised wine bottle labels are perfect for every occasion, so show your guests just how much you care by creating your bespoke bottle today.