Hosting a party is equally as exciting as it is distressing. There is a considerable amount of pressure that comes with planning a party. Not only do you need to make sure that you have the proper amount of food and drinks available to match the appetite and thirst of all of your guests, but there is pressure in choosing the right type of food and drinks that will appeal to the majority of your guests. A difficult task to do since everyone’s taste preferences vary drastically.
Budgeting for drinks isn’t without its challenges. If you only purchase cheap wine, you may be afraid of the ensuing judgement that is likely to follow from your fellow wine enthusiasts. On the other hand, if you opt to buy the more expensive wine, you may end up having to cut back on other areas and risk disappointing the guests who are not adamant wine drinkers.
There are ways to appeal to the vast majority without breaking your budget:
Go with more fruit-forward wine.
You may be tempted to indulge in drier, more complex wines to impress your guests. Save these for smaller gatherings with guests that are more likely to enjoy that expensive bottle of wine. For larger parties, it’s more beneficial to go with more fruit-forward options that will likely be more of a crowd pleaser. These are often well-received and there is a great selection of wines that will fit within your budget.
An option that you can go with is the Duboeuf Beaujoloais-Villages Nouveau 2015. At under $15 for a bottle, you are getting wine that is very fruity with very little tannin, which makes it very smooth and easily palatable.
Consult an expert for the cheaper equivalent of a more expensive wine.
If you are an expert, you should be able find a bottle of wine that shares similar qualities with a more expensive version you want to serve at your party. If this isn’t your area of expertise, or you are only familiar with cheaper wine, consult an expert and they will be able to provide you with some insight on the best option that matches what you are looking for and is under a specified dollar amount.
For example, if you want to serve champagne at your party, it’s frustrating to try to find a decent bottle at an affordable price – especially because cheaper champagne can be extremely off-putting to many. Go with a Prosecco! It is bubbly and features a more fruity flavor than other champagne – and it won’t leave you with an unpleasant headache the next day. The Mionetto Brut Prosecco Veneto is a delectable option to consider in this instance.
If you follow these practices, your guests will be in for a treat and you won’t have to break your budget on wine alone. Cheers!