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How much wine do I need for a party?

So it’s time to entertain during the holidays, and you are faced with that age-old question of how much wine to get. Here are a few guidelines to help you plan for your wine party so you don’t buy too much (wine can be expensive) or too little (your crowd might turn on you).

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How much?


To begin your planning, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many people are you inviting?
  • What sort of drinkers are you inviting?
  • How long will your party go on?

This party calculator can help you determine the quantities of wine, beer and spirits you need for your party.

What kind?

If you regularly hang out with the guests you’ve invited, you already have a good read on whether to stock up on reds or whites. What you need to know here is that wine drinkers are very loyal to their colors of choice. Red wine is typically a bit more popular than white wine, so you can either split your wine purchase right down the middle with reds and whites, or grab just a bottle or two more of red.

Consider buying at local wineries, which make a variety of wines for all tastes; it’s a good opportunity to support local businesses.

Have a backup supply

If funds allow, pad what you think you’ll need. As long as wine stays corked and is stored correctly, it can get better with age. If you don’t use it all, you’ll have a bottle in the cabinet for the next time your friends drop by.

Don’t forget the snacks

When hosting a get-together such as a wine party, make sure you also have food available so guests don’t drink on empty stomachs. Avoid serving salty, sweet or greasy snack foods; they’ll make your guests thirsty. Foods high in starch and protein, such as meats, veggies, cheeses, dips and breads, are good choices.

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