How to Pick a Good Wine for a Special Event

How to Pick a Good Wine for a Special Event

Wine drinking is one thing many people enjoy especially at a party or event. Whether it be a white or a red, there’s always one from around the world that goes perfectly with a meal and occasion. For special events such as Weddings, Corporate & Private Parties the cater should hold a good selection in the cellar.

So, if you have no clue on which wine to pick, below is one for each type from different parts of the world that is perfect for any occasion.

How to pick a good wine from the Northern Hemisphere:

French wines


Sancerre Les Baudrieres

A crisp, dry wine with citrus and gooseberry flavours balanced by restrained mineral elegance. Most popular of Loire Sauvignons and demonstrates the quality of wines from that region. Great with seafood or as an aperitif.


Cotes du Rhone Les Galets

A spicy red wine with succulent red and black berry fruit flavours. Not overly full bodied but with a long and rounded finish. Galets are found in the Rhone Valley and are large pudding stones which are used to store heat and provide good drainage. Perfect wine for party canapes or red meat dishes due to its spicy hints.



Monte Schiavo Verdicchio

Highly recommended summery dry wine, great as an aperitif or with light snacks served outdoors. The taste invigorates the palate with its lime and pineapple flavours and a crisp finish. Verdicchio is created from over 35 growers and is the signature wine of Italy from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast.


Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneti, Negrar, 2006

The Veneto wine region in north-eastern Italy produces the most famous of Italian wines named the Valpolicella in par with Chianti wines. It is a blend of three grapes from that region called Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. A mid-bodied, fruity wine with an aroma of cherry, equally tasty slightly chilled on a hot summer’s day or drunk at room temperature.



Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco, 2007

This wine goes well with pasta and risotto dishes. Light gold in colour with mild scents of floral and green apple aromas. A light bodied, refreshing fruity wine with medium acidity and a hint of pepper.


Gran Vendema Gran Reserva Rioja, 2002

A rich, dark mid-bodied wine of plum fruit and spicy vanilla. Highly recommended and great value for money from the Rioja Alta region of Spain. Can be drunk on its own or with robust dishes. Rich and complex yet smooth and delicious.

How to pick a good wine from the Southern Hemisphere:



Vina Carrasco Sauvignon Blanc, Chile

A well bodied Sauvignon with tangy citrus aromas accompanied with a hints of ripe pineapple, gooseberry and elderflowers. Great on its own perfectly chilled.


Vistasur Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, 2007

A beautifully rounded Cabernet, soft on the palate yet full of blackcurrant fruit flavours and spicy vanilla.



Coldridge Estate Semillon Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, 2006/07

A rich and silky smooth textured Chardonnay from South Eastern Australia. Light both in colour and taste with citrus flavours and hints of peach and tropical fruit. Perfect chilled for outdoor occasions.


Five Foot Track Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2010

A spicy Australian Shiraz with smooth, ripe blackcurrant flavours. Silky, soft tannins with a touch of oak giving it a full, rounded finish.

South Africa  


Bantry Bay Chenin Blanc

A Chenin from Western Cape being a stiff competition for the Chenin wines produced in the famous Loire Valley. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit but hints of lychees and melon on the palate creating a fresh and lingering finish.


Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006/07

A smooth, full bodied red with subtle soft tannins. Rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruits on the palate.

If you are having a special event whether it is a Wedding, a Corporate Event, Private Party or any Special Occasion, we at Heriot are able to source some of the finest wines together with great value.

At Heriot Catering, we have been perfecting our quality of wine catering for over 35 years and we are experts in providing the best possible wine selection for any type of function. Some wines are great in the summer, some are better suited for the winter, no matter when your event we are sure to have the perfect wine!

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