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Wine etiquette that will ensure you’re the best party host this season 

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Organizing and throwing a party can cause a lot of stress. Not only do you have to worry about the venue where you will host the party, but you have to think of the catering and the drinks as well. Also, throwing a party without alcohol is simply out of the question. But regardless of what alcohol you choose to feature at your party, you cannot do anything without some good wine. Everyone loves wine. In vino veritas, they say. So, make sure that you get the best bottle for your next party, and take a look at all the ways you can serve wine and make this party the best one yet:

Temperature matters

Every single alcohol is served at a certain temperature, and it is very important for you to know that the temperature can make or break the final drink. Serving wine at the right temperature will ensure that all the important flavors are highlighted. Red wine is served somewhere between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, while white wine is served from 45 to 50 degrees. This means that you shouldn’t serve red wine at a temperature hotter than the room temperature (not even room temperature really) as it will suffer from muted fruit flavors, and do not serve white wine too cold as it will make affect the taste of the wine (a good tip for white wine is to take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before serving it so that it slightly warms up).

Opt for various kinds of wine

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to know that not all people enjoy red or white wine. There are people who prefer only one of these, and there are others who do not have any problem with drinking both types. However, drinking rose is also an option, as it acts like a mixture, or a baby of red and white wine. Apart from that, people adore champagne, and this is also something that you should consider. Finding good champagne all around the world is nowadays very easy, so you can always find amazing champagne in Hong Kong, for example, if this is where you want to host your party (and we all know how Hong Kong equals amazing wine parties overlooking the city). This does not mean that you only have to settle for one type of wine, as having plenty of different opportunities is the right way to go. 

The truth about boxed wines

Speaking of boxed wines, there is always that debate on whether you should serve them at parties or not. It is inexpensive (meaning that it is not quite representative for certain upscale parties), but it is rather convenient and the leftovers will not spoil. Also, there are plenty of people who love the taste of it, regardless of the stigma that is attached to it. The good thing is that this stigma we are talking about is slowly disappearing, so you can serve it at your party if there are people who enjoy its taste.

The process of pouring

So, there is a whole science behind wines. Not only do you have to know all the nuances of a certain wine and the hundreds of different types of wines, but there is also something you need to know about the pouring as well. If you happen to be at a restaurant, you will see that the sommelier will demonstrate the proper wine etiquette such as presenting the bottle, showing the cork, opening the bottle and then pouring just enough for a little taste. You need to know how much wine you will pour in a glass: depending on the size of the glass, fill it up almost half-way. While you’re doing this, make sure not to spill any wine drops on someone’s shirt or on the carpet. You can either have a white napkin around the bottleneck, or turn the bottle a bit clockwise as you finish pouring. 

Serving wine at your party is, obviously, a must. Have a variety of different wines, make sure to acquaint yourself with some proper wine etiquette and be the Great Gatsby that you want to be!