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WHINE & Dine : The Nagging Truth of Serving Wine

Today's casual drinker likes wine for two reasons:

1) they enjoy it

and 2) Olivia Pope from Scandal makes it look glorious

Whether your reason is option 1, 2 or BOTH, this guide is for you!

Wine is much more than liquid in a glass. Knowing what to pair it with and how to serve it gives you the drinking experience that it was created for. With advice from industry experts, such as Colin Cowie and the good people at FLEUR OCCASIONS, you can use these guidelines as a quick reference for common red & white wines as well as your wine-hosting needs!


-serve in glasses with a larger "bowl"

-large bowls allow the wine to breathe, enhancing flavor and character

-hold wine glass by the bowl to enforce "breathing"

-1/3 fill = "full" pouring

POPULAR RED WINES | Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir & Shiraz

Cabernet Sauvignon: complex and truity, bordeaux grape origin

Serve with meats or before dinner a variety of cheeses

Merlot: pronounced as "mer-low" -- don't you DARE say "mer-lot" ! lol

Dry, smooth, lighter in color, similar characteristics to cabernet sauvignon

Serve with meat

Pinot Noir: simple, fruity with elements of plums, strawberries, raspberries and cherries

Burgandy grape origin

Do NOT serve with hot or spicy foods, as it will challenge the smoky flavor of pinot noir

Shiraz; peppery with BIG flavor

Shiraz grape origin

Pair with chicken or duck meat dishes


-narrow bowls, bigger than flute glasses

-narrow bowl retains win's temperature

-hold glass by the stem to keep your body heat away and support temperature retainment

-1/2 fill = "full" pouring

POPULAR WHITE WINES | Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling

Chardonnay: dark golden, nutty, fruity

Light flavor won't challenge food pairings

Serve with seafood, chicken or pork

Sauvignon Blanc: dry, sharp, grassy flavor

Serve with fresh salad or seafood

Pinot Grigio: dry, crisp flavor

Serve with light seafood dishes

Riesling: sweet, soft

Light, crisp and fruity flavor offsets spicy anf flavorful pairings

Serve with Asian food, chicken, salmon and tuna dishes

'Winery' is an industry full of flavors, and it's way more intricate than the details we've given in this blog. However, with these few guidelines, you're off to a great start to hosting a great event by serving wine appropiately to your guests! Be sure to store your wine bottle horizontally (to keep the cork wet, preventing air from entering the bottle) and cheers to great event planning!

See you next week for our next


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