Wednesday, November 10, 2010

May I offer you something to drink?

Liquid courage. Social lubricant. Nectar of the gods. Whatever you call it, you'd better have plenty of the stuff on hand in the coming months. Nothing seems to strike fear in the party planner quite like booze. Now we all have our reasons for fretting over the issue, but the fact of the matter is we bring far too much anxiety to the wine aisle.

This year, skip the half hour trudge through every label that catches your eye, and pack my list of crowd pleasing bottles. I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm willing to bet you and your guests will enjoy the following...
Big Fat Cabs
Versatile Syrahs
Runquist 2008 (May be a bit harder to find, so order online. This is the one to bring to dinner if you're a guest.)
An Amazing Pinot Noir
Calera 2007
Skip champagne and go for Prosecco. It's a bit more dry and always makes for a festive toast to any occasion.

Go ahead a fill your cart with 6 or 7 bottles, and I'm sure you'll bump into your first grade teacher, your dentist, AND your pilates instructor at the checkout. Hey, it's a good opportunity to invite them over!

Lady of the House


  1. I'm trying to think of a wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Would any of these suggestions work?

  2. Absolutely! You'll be able to find most of these at the grocery store, and they all run under $30 at the most. The Qupe is a safe bet for those deciding whether to have red or white, and the St. Francis will be oohed and aahed over by die hard red drinkers. The chardy is smart to have on-hand as well. Either way, they are inexpensive enough to test beforehand, so treat yourself this weekend and do let me know what you think.

  3. I must say, I love your blog.
    That said, I'm a little sad that I wasn't consulted for your wine post.
    On second thought, I can understand why you wouldn't want me rambling on and on. :)
    PS - I'm a fan of La Crema. Most years they make a good pinot noir too.
    M.C. Kasdorf

  4. Mike, you do indeed have a refined palate and uncanny ability to pick a delicious bottle of vino! Do you have a favorite recommendation to share with us at HDHH? We'd love to hear it.