It's the weekend! So, to celebrate - we've teamed up with Rias Baixas to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to win an entire case of wine.
For some, the word "entertaining" can be an arrow straight through the heart. Absolutely terrifying.
Guests to amuse, dishes to prep, tidying the apartment, selecting wine — it's one big anxiety basket. But, the reality? The soaring standards we set for ourselves are always higher than our friends' expectations. They just want to hang, eat carbs, listen to the sweet sounds of Carole King on vinyl and drink a glass of wine from Rias Baixas. Least, that's what I want to do.
Everyone - even those who loathe hosting (guilty!) - should have a party trick up their sleeve. Some can put limbs where they're not supposed to go, others can do handstands, I - well I can list off every country that's won the Eurovision since 1970. But one party trick that your guests will enjoy more than hearing Eurovision trivia is knowing a thing or two about wine. This especially comes in handy when you're the host.
Sure, you might know that it's white with fish and red with meat but there’s a bigger benefit to tailor your wine to your meal than winning over a sommelier. With the right duo, you’ll ensure all flavours (in both food and wine) will be amplified, making your dinner party even one you enjoy.
To ensure your dinner party is a complete success, we’ve enlisted the help of Jurica Gojevic, the recently awarded Michelin Guide's Sommelier Award and Resort Wine & Spirits Manager at Adare Manor.
As a simple introduction to matching your wine with whatever food you have planned, here are Jurica Gojevic's expert tips on dinner party wines...
Shake things up
"A lot of people in Ireland don’t think about a starting wine for a meal. They just go into a wine shop or supermarket and focus on getting a couple of bottles of red wine or white wine to please guests, and buy a number of each, but it’s much more interesting to begin the meal with a bottle of sparkling wine such as a lovely crémant. It makes everything more interesting and will always be met with approval from your guests."
Be Prepared To Pay
"You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great bottle of wine and I think this often puts people off asking for advice when they visit the shops too. If you spend €15- €25 in a wine shop on a bottle of wine, you can get a very tasty bottle of wine. If you really want to treat yourself or go all out for a VIP guest, spend 10%-15% more and you will definitely enjoy that bottle of wine."
think outside the box
"Get out of your comfort zone the next time you're choosing wine for a gift or to serve at a dinner party. Today the wine market is booming and shops are employing staff who are knowledgeable and trained in selecting great wines. Trust them and use their experience to surprise and delight
Forget the rules
"Take care of how you serve wine to your guests. I suggest putting both red and white wine into the fridge before you serve them. Yes, I said that right. White wine can be chilled for hours beforehand but approximately 15 minutes before you serve the red wine pop it into the fridge. This gives you a completely different red wine. Chilling the red wine reduces the temperature slightly so the alcohol and tannins don’t dominate the palate resulting in a much brighter and fresher wine, especially big wines from the new world."
THE LIMIT DOES EXIST
"Depending on the friends you are hosting, knowing how much wine to serve can vary but the rule of thumb for me would be to cater nicely for four guests, select one bottle of a starting wine as previously suggested and then one bottle of white wine and one bottle of red. That’s enough to enjoy the food and appreciate the standard of wine you have taken the effort to select."
Thirsty? Us too.
As per, we at Irish Tatler have your back...well, when I say we - I mean Irish Tatler and Rias Baixas. Renowned for the Albariño grape, Rias Baixas is one of Spain's most distinctive white wines. Located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, Rias Baixas comes from the largely less-than-sunny north-west of Spain and it's there that the thick-skinned albariño grape flourishes. Small, sweet but also high in acidity, Rias Baixas blends the grape to produce wine with a fruitiness and a zing that makes it lovely to drink itself, but also a superb accompaniment for seafood dishes.
So, to aid your new-found dinner party wine knowledge, Rias Baixas is giving one lucky Irish Tatler winner the chance of winning an entire case (that's six bottles!) filled with Pazo de San Maura and Castro Martin wine. To be in the chance of winning a case of Rias Baixas wine, simply answer the question below.
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