We’ve talked here in Winetification about different types of wine and how to pair them to your meals. There are many options to choose from. Variety is key for the wine connoisseur who wants to experiment different flavors and find what suits you best.
But planning a meal course for your guests can be challenging. Sometimes you consider adding two types of wine, with different flavors and types, to enhance the experience. Such a decision could be hard to make, but there are many ways to handle it.
Different Wines For Different People
Every individual is a world in itself, and wine choices are one of those personal decisions. Remember that you aren’t dealing with sommeliers who experience wine from a different perspective. Some people just like certain types, flavors, and brands of wine because of different factors.
Instead of staying with a single wine for your event, why not consider having two or three types of wine? A white wine, a red wine and another variant could be the way to go.
Don’t worry if the wine pairs well with their food because they won’t blame you for that. What they want is a good wine to enjoy during the event. There are many inexpensive wine options, so consider this if it suits the event.
Oh, and remember: you’ll never be able to please every single person even though that is the ideal goal.
One For Short, Two For Long
A good rule of thumb to stay away from more than one wine options if the meal is short. For longer meals, then having two or more types of wine could be ideal.
With longer courses, you’ll have to deal with different flavors of food, hence a wine change could go a long way in enhancing the experience. If you’re switching from to contrasting types of food, please do an intermediate meal to switch the wine and cleanse the palate.
Some known plates that work well for this are ice cream, crackers, toasted bread, and even a small glass of water to accompany it.
Less Is More
Even though it may seem attractive to change wine bottles in between plates, remember that this only works if it is in favor of the meal experience. If you’re not even considering a long meal course and it is a small gathering, better to stay away from the hassle of changing the wine.
If it may seem to complicated for the guests to explain why you are changing the wine in the midst of a meal, then don’t do it. They will not understand the difference and you will come out as over the top.
Only do these kinds of special effort for unique occasions or people who could really value your extra planning.
Cleanse The Palate, Pair Your Food, and More
If you want further details on food pairing and strategies to cleanse the palate, make sure to check our other articles on this topic. Here they are!