Okay gals and gents, we’re adults now. It is time to show up to an event with a bottle of wine. Okay, okay, I know. Not everyone is as educated in good wine as the daily wine consumer, but never fear, Jade is here! Below is a list of five wines that I have found to be tried and true when attending a dinner party or event. As a non-1 percent these bottles are all affordable and within the $32-$47 range. Come on guys, you gotta take the good stuff to the parties, I mean you want to be invited back, right? Take a look and let us know what you think.
2017 Carhartt Vineyard “Venture” Pinot Gris
This light Pinot Gris from the Santa Maria Valley is perfect to bring to any dinner party where seafood or chicken is served! It has been aged for six months in a neutral oak, so the taste is not influenced by the wood flavor. It is VERY clean and even a perfect pair to a late lunch. 150 cases were produced and so snag a bottle if and when you can! I served this bottle at a dinner party with roasted chicken, broccoli, and rice. Super simple and super nice.
2017 Estate Grown Malvasia Bianca
Chinese food and white wine?? Absolutely! The sharpness of this Malvasia Bianca from Larner (Ballard Canyon) and the saltiness of the soy sauce and Chinese food is perfect. They compliment each other well because the wine does not overpower the flavors of the Chinese food. Pictured behind the bottle is vegetable fried rice, beef and broccoli, lo-mein, and wonton soup. If you are throwing a dinner party featuring Chinese food, this Malvasia Bianca is the way to go!
2016 Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley
You can never go wrong with a true tasting Syrah and this one is IT. I guarantee you, any dinner party you go to, no matter who the attendees are, everyone will be impressed if you bring a Syrah, particularly this one from Waylan Wine Co. The flavors are bold and leave a lovely taste on the tongue. This Syrah will turn any amateur wine drinker into a wine taster with a great palate and a comfortable standard. For those not familiar with Syrah, think tame Cabernet Sauvignon. It is not as dry and gives a tad bit of fruit flavor to cut the sharpness that is usually found in Cab Sauv’s or even Merlot’s. Syrah’s are the perfect start to a new wine adventure for anyone looking to become more knowledgeable in the wine industry.
2015 Toyon from Santa Ynez Valley
There is nothing like this 2015 Toyon blend from Zaca Mesa winery. It is a deep taste that is quite rich. Once you have had your fair share of Syrah, move onto a Toyon or red blend like the one pictured above. The Toyon is a mix of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cinsault. It has a hint of tobacco and black licorice that ties it all together. If you cannot purchase a bottle of Toyon from Zaca Mesa, something comparable is a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), which is a nice red blend of similar notes, but different flavors.
2015 Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley
If your dinner party happens to be at a restaurant that is BYOB, then this Pinot Noir from Presqu’ile winery is perfect. Besides the Napa-style tasting room located in Santa Maria, the wine is exceptionally balanced with mouth-coating tannins and hints of spice, cherry, rose petals, and citrus. We paired this wine with oysters, chilean seabass, and filet mignon from Larsen’s Steakhouse. I am not really a Pinot fan, but this one from Presqu’ile caught my attention. Its’ flavors do not overpower any food it is paired with, so take it along with you to any dinner party to impress your friends and yourself.