Ask Eno, NYE: Be the Perfect Guest

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Dear Eno,

What kind of wine should I bring to a dinner party if I’m unsure what they are serving?



Dear Genn,

There are a couple of different directions you can go:

1. Sparkling Wine – A dry bubbly (look for “Brut” on the label) is agreat gift for a dinner party because they are light and versatile with appetizers.  This avoids the problem of not knowing what might go with a main course.  

2. Chardonnay – Chardonnay wines are very flexible with food.  Chardonnay’s surprisingly full body wines can easily pair with pasta, casserole, grilled veggies, fish, or even a steak.  Look for white Burgundy especially for well-balanced examples of fresh and subtly oaken Chardonnay.  Avoid extremely oaky versions – they are more likely to clash with some foods.

3. Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir is similar to the above mentioned Burgundian grape Chardonnay in terms of its versatility.  More elegant examples of Pinot Noir can pair with anything from salmon and asparagus to pork chops and potatoes.  Look for Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy, or Oregon state.  


4. After Dinner Drink – Surprise your hosts with a bottle of something meant for sipping after dinner! Port, Sherry, Amaro, Limoncello, Amaretto, Grappa….these are just a few eligible options that are great solo or with dessert.  

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