We believe that entertaining should be fun for everyone, including the host. Check out our top tips for throwing a killer wine pairing dinner that will impress but not stress:
It’s Important to Offer Choices
Start with Something Light
- Bancroft Riesling is light-bodied with tastes of honey, floral and citrus with a sweet finish—a contrast to the savory selections.
- Sauvignon Blanc is a bit more complex with tangerine peel, passion fruit and bright citrus with a touch of minerality—perfect to cut through the creamy cheeses and hearty meats.
Make Salad Sensational
Enter the Entrée
Surprise with a chicken or fish dish in a creamy white sauce.
Choose roast pork tenderloin with plenty of umami.
Complement the “other white meat” with Chardonnay Reserve, an unoaked yet toasty wine with bright fruit flavors and a hint of nutmeg on the nose.
Bring on the beef.
Be bold with your wine choices:
Pick pizza or pasta.
Make pizza yourself in the oven, toss a few naan pizzas on the grill or order from your favorite local shop. We also like pasta in a red sauce for utter simplicity and pure tastes. The tomato base in the red sauce on pizza and pasta is savory and, depending on your preference, a bit spicy.
Our absolute go-to for pizza and pasta is Chambourcin, which is full of pomegranate and sage notes with earthy flavors and just a bit of a black pepper kick.
Crush a dinner party with an Asian flair.
You’ll need an all-purpose powerhouse--Traminette, with its sweet smells of honey and lemon that give way to a crisp, refreshing, minerally finish. It’s complex, just like Asian cuisine.
Don’t Forget Dessert
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.
In this case, pair luscious with luscious! Lacrima Dolce is our Merlot-based dessert wine with perfectly balanced tannins and silky flavors of ripe cherry, chocolate and cinnamon. Chocolate has met its match!
Choose a cheese course for rustic panache.
Final Tips for the Win
- You don’t have to provide a new glass for every wine (but if you can, that’s amazing). Make sure you pour from light to dark. Use cute wine charms and witty glass markers so each guest can keep track of his or her glass.
- If someone doesn’t like a wine, it’s OK. Really (and that’s coming from us!). Go ahead and pour the next wine up or more of that person’s favorite.
- Always have gluten-free options. There are really decent gluten-free crackers, breads and other staples out there now, so you can feel confident offering them to your food-sensitive friends.
- When you send the invitation, ask your guests to alert you of any food sensitivities. Besides gluten, you may discover that dairy is a problem for some. If you’ve been invited to a party and you have food sensitivities, do your hosts a favor and let them know in advance. No one likes that kind of surprise.
- Have beer or local cider available in case someone doesn’t enjoy wine (perish the thought!).
Salute to your success as the ultimate wine pairing dinner host!
Penns Woods Winery is a family-run Pennsylvania winery. With more than 40 years of experience in the wine business, winemaker Gino Razzi and his daughter, Carley Mack, produce award-winning wines from Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Penns Woods wines can be found in restaurants throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Stop in to your local state store and pick from a limited selection of wines, or visit our tasting room for the full offering. The tasting room in Chadds Ford provides an all-around vineyard experience and hosts live music, food and wine pairings and other exciting events each weekend. Score Penns Woods Winery news in your inbox by signing up for our newsletter today!