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Classic cocktail party wines - Andrea Immer's favorite finger-food and wine matches

Friends, family and the holidays -- what better excuse to have a cocktail party complete with finger-food and great tasting wine. It's simple! Just set out a variety of great tasting fruity reds and whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel or Shiraz (Syrah), and have your guests serve themselves. All you need are some all-purpose wine glasses and a few corkscrews. This method saves on hiring a bartender and makes for a more casual, comfortable atmosphere. For a real eye-opener, try these classic combinations.

Classic holiday party food and wine suggestions
Stilton with crackers
Wine: Port is a good choice for this rich, pungent cheese.

Spicy nut mix
Wine: A slightly sweet Sparkling Wine goes well with nuts and the wine's sweetness offsets the spice.

Shrimp cocktail
Wine: The peachy undertones of a Riesling help handle the heat of the cocktail sauce.

Antipasto platter with smoked meats, olives and aged, hard cheeses
Wine: The medium-weight, red Valpolicella balances the bold flavors of this dish.

Crab cakes
Wine: A Chardonnay with its buttery undertones complements the richness of seafood.

Smoked trout on toast points with cr�me fraiche
Wine: The herbal tones and acidity of Sauvignon Blanc provide a harmonious match.

Prosciutto and melon
Wine: A dry Sparkling Wine will nicely complement the sweetness of the melon.

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