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We celebrate so many events in our lives with wine:
You can make any event special with wines reflecting your taste and style and that meet your budget.
Whether you plan to host an intimate dinner for friends or a gala event for thousands, Big Hammer Wines can help you with planning, pairing, selection, and delivery.
We have years of expertise helping clients choose the right wines for the right occasion, all while staying within their stated budget.
Start by defining the following:
You can find many online calculators for how much wine to buy for your event. These general guidelines recommend one bottle for every two people.
To get it right, you need to consider all factors. Otherwise, you might end up short or have too much wine remaining.
Because you want to spend wisely, consider these additional points:
A couple of examples:1. A three-hour dinner party for 12, with cocktails before dinner and no after-dinner drinks.
If each person has one glass per hour during dinner, 3 x 12 = 36 glasses / 5 = 7.2 bottles.
If half the guests drink wine during the cocktail hour, 6 x 1 = 6 / 5 = 1.2 bottles.
7.2 + 1.2 = 8.4 bottles. Plan on 9 bottles to cover the event.2. A two-hour networking event of 50 people with no other alcoholic drinks available.
If every person has one glass per hour, 50 x 2 = 100 glasses / 5 = 20 bottles.
Do your guests prefer white, red, or rosé wines? Will you serve sparkling wines? Do your guests prefer sweeter wines or bone-dry wines?
With a wide range of wines of every color and style available, don’t choose by general category. This won’t give you the best result or even the result you want. We recommend having a featured wine of the evening. If your bartender or server can explain to people, “The host chose this wine to pair with the baked salmon,” the wine and food pairing will be more memorable and appreciated.
By going through all the factors, you will make a much more thoughtful decision and the wines you choose will better reflect the nature of your event.
Even guest attire is something to consider. Do you want to serve only red wines if everyone will be wearing white?
And for a toast or aperitif, which should you choose? Prosecco? Cava? Champagne? California sparkling? Each of these may suit the occasion (and your budget) better than another.
Balance is an essential element inpairing wine with food. You don’t want either the wine or the menu to overpower the other. The goal is to create an overall better experience.
When thinking about matching wine and food, you can either contrast flavors, textures, etc. or match complementary elements.
Complimentary pairings are lighter-bodied wines with lighter foods and heavier-bodied wines with more substantial dishes.
The elements that you should consider in both the wine and the food include:
Choose similar flavors such as earthy wines with earthy foods, fruity wines with fruit style foods, and so on. Highly intense wines can overpower lighter intensity foods.
If you choose to contrast wine and food, choose flavors that enhance not compete. Choose dry, crisp wines for dishes that are higher in fat or heavier in nature, for example.
Be careful about matching dishes that contain sauces. Pair wines with the sauce, not the underlying ingredient.
Heavier foods pair with heavier wines and so on. Match the weight first, then the flavors.
Most wine drinkers drink red wines, and some only drink red wines or Bordeaux wines. It is always good to have a red wine on-hand at most events.
If you know your guests’ preferences, you can determine the percentage of reds to whites.
If you don’t know or aren’t sure, assume about 60% red and 40% white. If you want to serve rosés, then adjust the reds/whites accordingly.
All colors of wine come in a wide range of prices and styles. Consider all factors before making any decisions.
White wines pair beautifully with all types of foods.
They range from very light and crisp, like Pinot Grigio, to deep and rich, like Chardonnay.
Surprise your guests with a beautiful white wine paired with just the right food.
Rosé wines continue to grow in popularity. They also come in a range of styles from around the world and are flexible in pairing with food, especially seafood and spicy foods.
The mantra is the same here. There are many types and styles, including sparkling red wine, so it all depends on your event.
From Prosecco and Cava to red sparkling wines, Method Cap Classic, and Champagne, you have many choices.
Because everyone likes different wines, try to have a variety of types and styles on-hand, providing they pair well with the menu.
For events with a lot of guests, simplify by serving one red and one white wine.
Red: New World Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
White: Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio
If possible, provide more variety by serving two reds and two whites. Add a Pinot Noir or Grenache for the red or a Sauvignon Blanc for the white.
Offering a sweet wine after dinner, alone or with the right dessert pairing, can bring the meal to a satisfying end, one your guests will appreciate and remember.
With the wide range of sweet wines available today, you have many options. Good ones have strong acidity, which keeps the sweetness from being cloying.
Wineries around the U.S. offer many good choices or find something from around the world, including Port, Moscato and Riesling.
A demi-sec sparkling wine is also an elegant option.
Serve wines at the proper temperature. Follow these guidelines:
Make your event even more special when serving wines from a larger format bottle. Make a statement with a magnum, which is two bottles, or even something larger.
Beautifully etched bottles or those with personalized or custom labels make your event unique.
And don’t forget about offering unique wines as gifts for special events. Smaller bottles with personalized labels are always welcome.
Finally, ensure your guests enjoy your fantastic event responsibly. Offer plenty of water, coffee, or other non-alcoholic drinks.
Big Hammer Wines has the expertise and selection to deliver the perfect wines for your event. We’ll work with you to find the wines that will make your event spectacular.
Whatever your price point and based on your taste, menu, and size of event, we’ll help you find the best match. If you are hosting a large event and looking to purchase a high volume of wine, contact us for special pricing.
We’ll ensure you have the right amount of wine, and the wine you want at the time and place you need.
Because a company has 8,000 wines, it doesn’t mean they have the level of expertise needed to understand the nuances of how wine enhances special events. Don’t leave the decision to the Big Box Guys.
Planning a special event can be stressful, and you want everything to be perfect. Big Hammer Wines’ has expertise with every aspect of wine.
We only offer top-quality, award-winning wines at friendly prices.
Stop worrying and let us help you plan your event.
Schedule your consultation so we can discuss your needs.