Dinner party etiquette – or in other words, how to have a good do!
1. Sparkling wines – perfect with salty dishes Champagne, Prosecco and Cava have a faint touch of sweetness which is refreshing when served with salty foods. Suggested meals: Noodle dishes or good old British fish and chips.
2. Sauvignon Blanc – a great balance for tangy sauces Keep the zing in tangy foods with Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde and Verdejo. Suggested meals: Scallops with seafood sauce or sweet and sour dishes.
3. Pinot Grigio works well with light fish dishes Light seafood dishes are enhanced when matched with delicate Pinot Grigio or Chablis. Suggested meals: Cod in parsley sauce or seafood platters.
4. Choose Chardonnay for oily fish or fish in buttery sauces Chardonnays from California, Chile or Australia are delicious with fish like salmon or any kind of seafood in a rich sauce. Suggested meals: Salmon with avocado salad or fish pie.
5. Riesling is delicious with spicy dishes The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes. Suggested meals: Thai green curry, or an Indian takeaway.
6. Pair a dry Rosé with rich, cheesy dishes Almost all cheeses work well with dry rosé, which has the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red. Suggested meals: Lasagne, cheesy pasta dishes, baked Camembert with fresh bread.
7. Pinot Noir is great for dishes with earthy flavours Recipes made with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles taste great with reds like Pinot Noir, which are light-bodied but full of savoury depth. Suggested meals: Homemade pizzas, mushroom risotto.
8. Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous with juicy red meat Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style blends are terrific with steaks or chops, helping to refresh the palate after each bite of meat. Suggested meals: Herby Lamb Chops, any cut of beef or gourmet beef burgers.
Interactive table games can help get the party started...
Here are a couple of suggestions...
Me in Three
The perfect game for a group of people who know each other fairly well. What You Need: A piece of paper and a pen for each guest. How to Play: During dinner, ask everyone to describe themselves in three words - no more or less. It’s up to them whether they want to write their words out in a list (happy, loving, mad) or as a phrase (lover of chocolate). People then give their paper to the host who mixes them up and reads them aloud. Players then have to match the description with the person who wrote it.
Who Am I?
The perfect game for after dinner when everyone is relaxed and talkative.
(P.S. I'd love to know what you think - leave your comment below!)