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Eat This, Drink That: A Guide to Win Over Your Wine-Loving Guests

Do you ever feel that hosting a party for your wine-loving guests is more stressful than fun? Whether it is your in-laws, friends or coworkers, being prepared before your guests’ arrival is something that all party hosts should take into consideration. Think about how you can win over your guests by planning out an eat this, drink that menu.

Figuring out your eat this, drink that menu without asking your guests what type of wine they drink is always the most challenging aspect of throwing a party. These are a few food and wine pairing ideas that will only make it easier to please your guests, and will leave you with the satisfaction you need to host a food and wine party.  

For red wine drinkers:

Dish #1: Roasted Filet of Beef with Whole-Grain Mustard and Herb Crust

Wine: Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Why it’s a match: flavorful and robust wines balance the big flavors of the beef; the tannins in the wine balance the fat of the beef

Dish #2: Roasted Duck Breast with Plum Sauce 

Wine: Pinot Noir, Burgundy

Why it’s a match: light and fruity red wines go well with the rich flavors of duck; the sweetness of the plum sauce should match the characteristics of the wine

For white wine drinkers:

Dish #1: Stuffed Chicken Breast and Garlic Cream Sauce

Wine: White Burgundy, Chardonnay

Why it’s a match: Rich, buttery Chardonnay goes well with cream sauces; full-bodied wines stand up to the rich cream sauce

Dish #2: Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi 

Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinto Grigio

Why it’s a match: light, citrus flavored fish need a similar wine; wines with an acidic finish complement the fish

Knowing your eat this, drink that menu will definitely lower your stress levels, and will give you the confidence that your guests will leave full and happy. Feel free to leave a comment with some of your favorite food and wine pairings.

By Sharon Haag

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