Find the perfect wines for entertaining, from sparkling wine to start the night to mellow reds to enjoy with a meal
Are you hosting a dinner party? Find the best dinner party wines, whether it’s supper in the kitchen or a formal celebration. A great bottle of wine is the perfect partner for your dinner party menu.
We’ve chosen some of our favourites to get conversation flowing, from light and summery or warm and comforting. We love chocolate and cheese, but these can be harder to match your wines to than steaks or salads so we’ve included some delicious all-rounders to end your meal on too.
First up, Brad and Angelina’s rose from their rather fab chateau where they married in Provence – Chateau Miraval – hit selected M&S stores last week. But it’s not a gimmick! This is a gorgeous rose typical of the higher end wines from the region.
The bottle shape is different but the wine is a perfect match for all those Provencal summer flavours. Crisp with good acidity it just sings out strawberry and raspberry aromas with a just hint of delicate flowers.
Delicious with lighter fish and chicken dishes and summer vegetable salads but also as an aperitif.
Available from Marks & Spencer, £18.
A key vineyard in the growing strength and popularity of English sparkling wines, the family-run Ridgeview estate has been making multi-award winning wines in the South Downs since 1994.
Made and bottled as a special cuvee for Hotel Chocolat from grapes grown in the celebrated Valdobbiadene region, just outside Venice.
Sparkling wine from France isn’t just Champagne (even though Langlois is owned by Bollinger). Try this from the Loire Valley for something a little lighter and sweeter.
Aromatic with floral notes with a touch of honey.
Shell fish and as an aperitif.
Available from Majestic, £14.99 per bottle in a case of 6.
Just looking at the light pink blush of this wine will transport you to the South of France in seconds. The grapes are grown under the baking sun and cooling Mediterranean sea air.
The northern neighbour of some of the most impressive and expensive Chablis and Chardonnay in the region, the lesser known Rully is a hidden gem producing great value wines.
Made with new world Sauvignon Blanc grapes, it’s packed with clean and zesty flavours but lower in alcohol than usual at only 5.5%.
We all know the delicious Sauvignon Blanc from this brand but why not give the Pinot Noir a try instead of your usual Beaujolais or Fleurie?
Made from a blend of hand-selected grapes from California’s Lodi and Delta winegrowing regions, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a silky, deep flavour that leaves a taste of dark chocolate espresso finish.
Tasting notesDark, earthy flavours of blackberry, black cherry and a hint of nutmeg.
Rare roast beef and lamb
Available from most supermarkets, £8.99
A less well-known variety than Malbec but another rich and smooth South American wine, it doesn’t carry the high price tag either!
Founded in 1993, The Tokaj Oremus winery has been at the forefront of the Hungarian wine revival. Fab for something a little different from Sauternes.
Blended especially for BBR from the Douro Valley. this is an extra fine example of Tawny Port. Cask aged for over 20 years for the perfect balance of flavours.
For more dinner party inspiration, take a look at our easy dinner party recipes.