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					Choosing the Best Wine for Each Occasion

There are really no hard and fast rules when choosing the best wine for
each occasion - especially when you consider the fact that people are
partial to certain wines depending on their personal preference and
taste. Here are a few ‘soft’ guidelines to help you choose the right wine
for the right occasion. This will give you a good idea on how to
complement an occasion – and certain dishe – with the right kind of wine.

1. White Wines – white wines, being lighter and drier than red wines are
best served during the earlier part of the evening or before the main
course. Chardonnay, having wide appeal among most wine connoisseurs, is
also perfect for serving along with rich tasting courses, especially
those that have creamy sauces. Sauvignon Blanc, while not as dry as
Chardonnay, still makes excellent company with salads, shrimp, and fish
due to its fruity nature.

White wines are perfect for starting off an evening on the right foot,
and are also wonderful for toasts and special occasions. Champagne is a
regular fixture at weddings and is indispensable at such occasions.

2. Red Wines – red wines are great for main courses and are typically
served during the latter part of any occasion. Their full bodied nature
makes them a great complement to hearty meals. If you are looking for the
wine that is most certain to please the most people, go for Merlot. It
has a balanced mix of body and lightness that make it the perfect choice
for most dishes. It particularly does well with poultry, pork and lamb.

The scintillating aroma of plum, vanilla and blackberry make Pinot Noir
an intriguing proposition during special occasions. It is not as heralded
as Merlot or Cabernet, so many people may not recognize its unique blend.
It goes well with creamy sauces.

For spicy foods, Shiraz is a fiery complement. It has a peppery taste
that will greatly enhance the flavor in barbeques, roasts, and chili or
spicy dishes.

For a hearty, full taste, look no further than Chianti. Chianti is the
best wine to accompany tomato dishes and poultry. It is wonderfully
versatile in having varied range in price and quality.

During some occasions you   may want to prepare servings of both red and
white wine, and have your   guests sample which they would have for the
rest of the evening. Most   people choose their drinks early on and keep
them until the end of the   reception.

				
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