The holidays can be hectic and stressful, especially as you plan seasonal gatherings. The holidays are happier with Missouri wines! Here are some tips, recipes, and pairing ideas to take away some of the stress and make your holidays merry and bright.
What are the three main questions that come up when planning to serve wine at a get-together?
- What do I buy?
- How much do I buy?
- How should I serve it?
What to buy can be tricky if you don’t know the tastes of everyone coming to the soiree. Consider this as a basic list: a dry red, a dry white, an off-dry (red, white or rosé), and a sweet (red, white or rosé). For example, purchasing a Norton, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, and a Concord or Pink Catawba will ensure you please just about any palette and have something that pairs well with most dishes.
How much to purchase ends up taking just a bit of simple math. A serving of wine is about 5 ounces, and you’ll get 5 glasses from a standard size bottle of wine. Factor in the number of guests and how long the event will be. You’ll need slightly less if you’re serving other beverages as well.
When it comes to serving wine, temperature is pretty important. The 3, 2, 1 rule is a good way to remember how long wines need to chill in a refrigerator: 3 hours for sparkling, 2 for white, and 1 for red wines. Have wine charms or glass-writing pens on hand so guests can identify their glasses.
- Winter White Sangriais a fun and festive recipe that looks beautiful and can be made ahead of time.
- Mulled winewill make your house smell divine and is delicious, warm and comforting.
- Red Wine Hot Chocolateis unique and completely decadent. This could be considered a beverage or a dessert at your holiday shindig.
If you’re a fan of Missouri fruit wine, make insta-wine-tails by pouring fruit wine over ice and topping it off with a splash of club soda. You can get extra fancy by freezing fruit in your ice cubes ahead of time. (Cranberry is particularly festive!)
Finding the perfect wines to match your holiday menu is easier than you think with this interactive Food and Wine Pairing Guide, and this cookie and wine pairing cheat sheet makes holiday cookie exchanges even more fun!
When your loved ones come to visit this holiday season, you’ll be prepped and ready to give them a Show Me state welcome!