Crowd-Pleasing Wines For Entertaining

Crowd-Pleasing Wines For Entertaining

Here are our tips — which apply to both guests and hosts — for pairing and pouring to match every recipe and party style from casual snacks to a full buffet


Reds

Vibrant fruit flavours, lower tannins and some crispness are features of reds that drink well in the warmer weather — when they can be lightly chilled for the ultimate refreshment.

A natural pairing with pork ribs.  Excellent steak wine.  Great with burgers or hot dogs

Rib Shack Red Vintage Blend

Imagine yourself chowing down on grilled meat at a South African braai while sipping this smoke and pepper blend of Pinotage and Shiraz.

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The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend

A California wine born for the outdoors, this blackberry-kissed, deep ruby blend has a medium-bodied structure that pairs well with red meat.

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Pelee Island Ruggles Run Gamay Zweigelt VQA

Bright cherry and berry, plus a fresh note reminiscent of green herbs, make this light-bodied Ontario blend a match for barbecue sauce.

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Whites

Stick with dry, food-friendly white wines with just enough brightness to stay vibrant in summer’s heat.

Pair with spicy Asian food.  Great cheese pairing. Super with pasta salad.

Yalumba Y Series Viognier

Plenty of tropical fruit aromas and a smooth, medium-bodied but dry palate of ginger and honey make this an aromatic sipper.

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The Vinecrafter Chenin Blanc

It might be winter now in South Africa, where this wine is made, but it smells like summer fruit in a bottle: juicy pear, apple and peach.

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Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay VQA

Crisp fresh apple and pear and a whiff of honeydew keep this Chardonnay summer-fresh and dry.

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Rosé

The dry, salmon-coloured Provençal style is a classic when pairing, but other wine regions and grapes offer inspired food-matching choices, too.

Serve with grilled chicken.  A hit with paella.  Seafood’s best friend.

Ogier Côtes du Ventoux Rosé AOC

Delicately coral-coloured, this dry rosé from southern France has zesty citrus and herb notes with a hint of strawberry.

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Chivite Gran Feudo Rosé

Spain’s signature Garnacha (Grenache) grape gives vibrant colour and intense berry flavours to this fruity but bone-dry rosé.

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Trius Rosé VQA

Robust Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes go into a structured rosé that needs only a light chill to thrill.

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