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Entertaining Essentials Wine Collection

Many people ask me if there is a difference between wine for socializing and wine that would be served at a dinner party, and the straightforward answer is, yes- but they don’t have to be. Often times when people are socializing or having a catered cocktail party where they are serving wine, they will go too budget. Yep, there is such a thing as going so cheap that even the least discriminating palate will say, “no thank you.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you don’t want to serve expensive reserve Pinot noirs, Grand Cru Rieslings, or top tier Napa Cabernets that come alive in the proper glass, complimented by the ultimate dish.

The good news is that between these two party no-nos there is a full spectrum of truly wonderful wines that are affordable, welcoming to all palates, and can be enjoyed while socializing or when seated at a dinner party. It is with this in mind that we have curated our Entertaining Essentials Wine Collection.  

When putting your party plans into action, if you need assistance in calculating the number of bottles you will need to accommodate your guest list, or need more of a particular bottle (say to accommodate a toast), you can reach out to us directly to help you organize and calculate your party’s beverage needs. We also have extraordinary sparkling water, beers, and a variety of other beverages to choose from.

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Fleuraison Vin Mousseux Blanc de Blancs Brut-
This brilliant pale gold wine will blossom in your glass with delicate aromatics and fine bubbles. The nose is very perfumed, with notes of flowers and nuances of butter and hazelnuts. The finish is long elegant, with overtones of brioche and almonds. No one will know that you stayed inside your budget with this French beauty!

La Piuma 2013 Pecorino Terre di Chieti IGT- The wine is a vibrant citrus color with abundant fruit on the nose and palate, leading to a dry finish. Perfect for quaffing or with appetizers. Think fondue, fresh cheeses, or charcuterie plate. The Pecorino Terre di Chieti will also go well with a starter course or salad featuring fresh greens, radicchio, and toasted hazelnuts.

Brittan Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay- This charming yet sophisticated Chardonnay is made from fruit sourced in all the top micro AVAs in the Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills, Eola Hills, Chehalem Mountain, and McMinnville. This is significant because it brings with it a harmony of all that makes these unique AVAs distinctive and desirable. The profile and palate present notes of lemon curd, toasty oak, golden apple, honeysuckle, and ripe pear. Feel comfortable to serve with fondue and roasted beets, cubed apples, pickles, potatoes, and other vegetables. Serve with a seasonal quiche, pasta or risotto. It can handle the sweet, the savory, and the absolutely creamy.

Ghiomo 2011 Barbera d’Alba “Lavai”- You can open this magnificent Barbera d’Alba at the same time you open the Brittan Chardonnay. It pairs well with the same foods, or… save this one aside for the day after when you order your favorite pizza and want to just lay back and savor the season. Purple red color, very intense, with fruity bouquet. A full-bodied wine with strength and balance, highlighted by an extremely pleasant finish.

Nine North Wines 2013 “Parcel 41” Napa Merlot- “Parcel 41” Merlot is a limited production Merlot, enormously rich, ripe and concentrated, demonstrated layers of blackberry, currant, and mocha. Enjoy with almost anything roasted, grilled, or stewed. Forget “Sideways” snobs. A Well Produced Merlot is an excellent wine and highly enjoyable!

Bodegas Benegas 2012 Estate Malbec- Brilliant, clean, bursting with ripe strawberries and plums up front, with hues of ruby red and violet making for a dense wine of medium intensity and round mouth-filling, velvet-like tannins. This wine was especially selected for those guests who will only drink red wine.

You can always email us directly at orders@! We will listen to what you are planning, establish a budget, ask a few more questions, and professionally tailor a curated set to meet your holiday entertaining beverage needs.

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Nancy Garvin

Editor in Chief at Well Produced Food & Wine
Nancy is the founder and chief editor of Well Produced Foods and Wines. She has had a flourishing career in food and wine for 3 decades (remember aspics?).
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