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How Much Wine for a Party?

How Much Wine for a Party?

Warm summer months are meant to be shared, don’t you agree? It’s the perfect time of year to gather loved ones together so that you can laugh and enjoy great conversation over incredible food and wine at a dinner party. 

If you have volunteered to be the host of the said dinner party, we would love to help you out with the wine! It may seem like a daunting task to decide which wines to have available for a crowd, but never fear, we’re here to walk you through exactly what you need. From the types of wines to have to the number of bottles you need to buy, we’ll discuss all that you need to know when ordering wine for your next gathering. 

Which Wines to Order for a Party

Your guests are likely to have a variety of tastes when it comes to their wine preferences. If you already know that they are a crowd that loves reds, by all means, have more red than white wine! If it’s a rosé crowd, then break out the rosés. However, if you’re unsure what exactly they will gravitate towards throughout the night, it’s a good idea to have a balance of both red and white wine. Especially if the party is outside during the summer months, it’s good to have some refreshing white wines for your guests to enjoy. The suggested ratio, particularly for a warm, outdoor party, is to have 60% white and rosé wine and 40% red wine. Your guests will probably just be happy to have wine to enjoy! However, as noted, if you already know what your guests are into, it’s okay to break these ratio rules. 

Which Wines to Order for a Party? Red and White Wine

How Much Wine to Order for a Party

Realistically, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly how much wine will be the perfect amount for your party. However, we think it’s better to have a little too much wine than not enough. Can you imagine hosting THE dinner party that ran out of wine? We don’t want that horrid tarnish on your reputation, so we’re here to help. 

A standard bottle of wine has 750 mL, which works out to be 25 ounces per bottle. The standard serving size for a glass of wine is 5 ounces, so in theory, there should be five glasses of wine in one bottle. The key words here are “in theory”. Those pours at home tend to be a bit more heavy-handed than the ones in a restaurant or wine bar. So, let’s say that each bottle has roughly four glasses of wine. Depending on the liveliness of your party and how long it lasts, let’s assume that each guest consumes about one bottle of wine – or four glasses. That brings us to one bottle per guest, so if you have ten guests, you’ll need ten bottles of wine, plus maybe another two for good measure.

For our visual learners out there, we’ve put together this handy chart to give you a better idea of the number of bottles of wine you’ll need for your party:

How Much Wine for a Party? One Bottle per Guest

Mini Bottles

If your party is a more casual get-together with friends that are up to trying a variety of wines, add a little bit of fun with mini bottles of wine! This is a perfect way to let your guests try a few different wines that they may not gravitate towards otherwise, and it adds a fun twist to the party. Luckily, In Good Taste has you covered on this front. We offer six different curated flights – each offering a unique array of delicious wines from bright, refreshing rosés to rich, bold reds. 

Mini Bottles of Wine for a Party

Big Bottles

If your party is more of a fancy-schmancy dinner or formal gathering, big bottles are the way to go. If you use our calculations above, you’ll be able to keep your guests fully satisfied with an awesome selection of wine. If you’re getting wine for a dinner party, focus on getting bottles of wine that pair with a variety of different foods. That way, your meal – and the wine – can complement one another and let each unique flavor shine through. 

Big Bottles of Wine for a Party

And viola, you’re now ready to throw the best wine party around! Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together to celebrate the summer or a formal shindig complete with a four-course menu, wine makes the perfect companion for any way you like to party. Now, pop open a bottle and enjoy the company of your favorite people with your favorite wine. Cheers!

Ready for a Wine Party!

Rosé of Sangiovese

Andiamo

Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.

$19.99

Montepulciano

Andiamo

Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

$20.99

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

$19.99

Pinot Noir

Unprecedented

We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

$25.99

Coteaux Bourguignons

Passport

The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.

$25.99

Verdicchio

Andiamo

A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.

$23.99

Côtes du Rhône White

Passport

This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.

$23.99

Bordeaux Rouge

Passport

When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.

$21.99

Ventoux Rosé

Passport

You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.

$21.99

Grenache

La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.

$27.99

Barbera

Andiamo

We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.

$21.99

Vermentino

Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.

$23.99

Viognier

Unprecedented

For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.

$24.99

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