While I love a glass or two of chilled red wine after a long day of writing articles and researching topics, when it comes to selecting a wine to gift or serve during a meal, I am clueless. Knowing which wine to gift or serve can be a daunting task, especially if you are not a wine connoisseur. However, there are a few simple tips and suggestions that can help you make an informed decision and not embarrass yourself.

When it comes to choosing a wine to serve during a dinner or luncheon, consider the type of food that will be served. Different wines pair well with different types of dishes.

For example, a crisp white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio can be a good choice for seafood or light pasta dishes. If you are serving a heartier meal such as steak or roast lamb, a bold red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Syrah may be a better match.

If you are visiting a host’s home for a meal and want to bring a bottle of wine as a gift, it is always a good idea to ask if they have any preferences or dietary restrictions. If you are unsure, a bottle of sparkling wine or a light white wine can be a safe choice.

When choosing a wine at a supermarket, there are a few things to consider. First, think about your budget. While it is not always true, generally speaking, higher-priced wines tend to be of better quality. However, there are also many affordable wines that are well-made and enjoyable.

It is also a good idea to read the label and look for clues about the wine’s style and flavour profile. The variety of grape and the region where it was grown can be good indicators of what to expect.

As for the debate about corked versus screw top wines, it is important to note that both can be good options. Corked wines are traditional and some people believe that the cork allows the wine to “breathe” and develop more complex flavors. However, screw top wines are becoming more popular because they are more convenient and tend to be less prone to cork taint, a flaw that can give the wine an off aroma. Ultimately, the choice between cork and screw top wines is a matter of personal preference.

So choosing a wine to gift or serve during a meal does not have to be intimidating. By considering the type of food that will be served, asking your host about their preferences, reading labels, and considering your budget, you can select a wine that is sure to be a hit.