6 dinner party perfect wines for just £19.99
There’s one thing that might baffle even the consummate dinner party host: the wine. Taste is so personal – everything from your genes to background music can influence it – that it makes catering for a plethora of palates a daunting task.
Luckily, our friends at Naked Wines, home of the Silversurfers Wine Club, tell us there are just a few simple tricks to getting dinner party wine right. They’ve put together an exclusive case of 6 dinner party-perfect wines for just £19.99, including free delivery – that’s a saving of over £37. Look out for a crowd-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc and a rich, smooth Cabernet Carmenere blend that’ll hold its own against grilled red meat.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Go food-friendly
Acidity levels, texture, tannins: you could spend hours dissecting your dishes in search of the perfect wine match. Or you could simply pick some food-friendly, crowd-pleasing wines that will work with almost everything you serve. Sauvignon Blanc is your go-to white wine, while Pinot Noir is your red wine choice.
2. Stick to your budget
When you’re throwing a party it’s tempting to go all out, but there are good reasons to stick to your budget for wine:
- In thousands of blind tastings, typical wine drinkers liked expensive wine less than more affordable options.
- When you spend over £30 a bottle, you’re often paying extra just for brand name and prestige.
Instead go for something in the £8-12 range, what we call the sweet spot. It’s as much as you need to spend to get wine made with the only two things that matter: quality grapes and skilled winemaking.
3. Resist the “bargain” wine
While there’s no need to splurge, don’t be tempted to go too far the other way. The wine in your average £5 bottle is only worth a measly 37p. The rest of your cash is eaten up by costs like shipping and tax.
There’s £2.76 worth of wine in a £10 bottle – over seven times more.
4. Look for hidden gems
Here’s another tip to make your cash go further: go off the beaten track. Start simple by choosing a wine from a country you’d normally skip. Chile can offer great value for money and is known for Carmenere, a grape imported from Bordeaux no less.
Otherwise, look to the fringes of the famous regions you know and love. There, wines are often made with grapes grown in the same conditions as their celebrity neighbours, so you’ll get the same quality for a much lower price.
Don’t know where to look? There are thousands of real customer reviews out there for nearly every wine to steer you right.
5. Try Naked Wines
There’s one way to tick all these boxes without having to lift a finger: try the Silversurfers Wine Club powered by Naked Wines.
Naked do things a little differently: they fund world-class independent winemakers upfront so they spend less on things you can’t taste, like sales, marketing and middlemen, and more on making great wine.
In return, you get delicious, handcrafted wines at insider prices – up to a third off every time – plus a whole host of amazing perks.
Get an exclusive case of 6 dinner party-perfect wines for just £19.99, including free delivery
Terms & Conditions:
Introductory offer for UK residents aged 18 or over. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full terms and conditions are available at www.nakedwines.com/terms. Offer ends 31st December 2019.
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