Party-perfect holiday wine tips

With a great red, white and sparkling wine on hand, you'll have all your bases covered. Our experts have selected a party-perfect wine trio that will meet every guest’s taste preferences, while pairing beautifully with a wide range of foods.

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Start with the perfect wine trio

The Red

2014 Remoissenet Santenay Grand Clos Rousseau Red Burgundy

Made from 100% Pinot Noir, in Burgundy, France. Aromas of red fruits highlighted by cranberry. The fruits follow through to the palate. Well balanced, lightweight with elegant acidity. Rated 92 points by Wegmans

With just the right amount of fruitiness, this balanced wine brings subtle acidity that cuts through Rosemary-Dijon Encrusted Rack of Lamb's richness without overpowering the dish; a perfectly harmonious pairing.

The White

Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Bourgogne Chardonnay

Made from 100% Chardonnay, in Burgundy, France. Crisp flavors of green apple, lemon, and vanilla are subtle but linger on the finish. A great balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. Rated 90 points by Wegmans

This Chard’s crisp acidity is a natural partner with seafood. In this elegant pairing, the wine truly elevates the flavor of our Mini Crab Cakes.  

The Sparkling

Bon Vivant Brut Champagne

California Sparkling Winemade in the French style, using the traditional méthode champenoise. This sparkler is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes which gives it a crisp, elegant taste. Rated 92 points by Wegmans

Our favorite sparkler goes perfectly with holiday cheese trays. Bon Vivant's bubbles cut through the cheese’s creamy richness, yet it’s subtle enough to let the flavor of the cheese shine through. Try it with Holiday in Italy and Cremeux de Bourgogne.

Bon Vivant is perfect paired with tataki dishes like our Tuna Tataki Appetizer, complementing the tuna’s richness without overwhelming the complex flavors in this easy, elegant recipe.

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How much wine to have on hand

The average guest may consume three glasses of wine over the course of an evening.  A bottle (750 ml) contains about six 4-oz glass pours, so be sure to purchase based on the number of guests attending. If you’re serving wine, beer, and spirits, the general breakdown is that 50% of guests will prefer wine, 30% beer, and 20% spirits.  If you’re offering wine and beer only, then plan on 60% preferring wine and 40% beer.

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How to serve it

Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not hard to serve wines at the perfect temps during a party. Just follow these simple guidelines.

Sparkling wines should be served around 45 degrees F. Doing so prevents foaminess when you pour. Keep sparklers in ice-filled bowls to save fridge space. After greeting guests at the door with a glass of sparkling wine, be sure to put the bottle back on ice. 

White wines should be served around 55 degrees F. Just keep your whites in the fridge or on ice until you serve them. Then let them breathe in the open as the evening progresses.

Red wines should be served cool—around 65 degrees.

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The right stemware

There's a proper type of stemware for every wine, and we have just what you need. From Home Essentials Jewel-Encrusted Stemware (as seen in Menu magazine) to our own Wegmans Unbreakable Drinkware (dishwasher-safe, with the look of glass), we have what you’re looking for. 

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Home Essentials
Jewel-Encrusted Stemware

Wine and champagne glasses, enhanced with jeweled stems; choose gold or silver.

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Cellini Stemless
Wine/Rocks Glasses

Golden rims and retro-inspired designs
make these glasses fun and festive.

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Home Essentials Coasters

Silver or gold metallic coasters protect your table beautifully. Set of six in an attractive caddy for storage or gifting.

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Cellini Wine Decanter

Sleek, modern carafe holds 64oz of your favorite wine. Gift-boxed and ready to present.

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Home Essentials Ice Bucket & Cocktail Shaker

Wide bands of polished silver and brushed gold are separated by intricate steel beading. Classic, yet contemporary.

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Vinturi Wine Aerator

Enhances any wine’s flavor and bouquet by aerating as you pour. Sleek acrylic tool comes in a no-drip stand. Dishwasher-safe.

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Keep it
stocked

Plan to refresh your wine stations with new bottles every half-hour.

Enjoy responsibly. As you plan for alcoholic beverages, be sure to have plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages on hand for your guests. Make sure no one who is drinking will be driving.    

Choose from our Top 20 Holiday Wines for your next gathering!

How to Build a Grazing Party

Plan your menu

Serve foods with creamy and crunchy textures, hot and cold temps, lighter and heartier, contrasting flavors.

Save time and effort­—serve a mix of homemade and prepared items.

Hostess tip:  One-bite, ready-to-serve, and easy make-aheads let you enjoy the party, too.

Organize your space

Keep décor simple—the food is the star.

Offer small plates and cocktail napkins at each station. 

Arrange stations for easy traffic flow and mingling.

Save fridge space by icing wines and beers in bowls. 

Food - Vary the tastes, textures, and temperatures of foods and beverages.

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