Matching Wine to the Occassion

62. A formal dinner calls for special wines: Cabernet Sauvignon or other full-bodied reds, oak-aged Chardonnay, or "Reserve"-style bottlings of either hue. Of course, the most "special" wines of all are the ones that you like.

63. A picnic calls for lighter-style, lower-alcohol, refreshing wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc or roses - wines that can be chilled down as a counterbalance to the presumably warm outside temperature.

64. A celebration such as a birthday or anniversary calls for a "festive" wine such as Champagne or sparkling wine. Even better: the celebrant's favorite wine, regardless of type, if you know what it is.

65. Ideal wines for a barbecue are those that are both fruity and spicy, to complement the "char" of the grill. Opt for Zinfandel, Petite Sirah or Rhone reds.

66. On cold nights, wines higher in alcohol help warm the soul. Try a full-bodied red or a fortified wine such as Port.

67. For brunch, make selections similar to those you'd choose for a picnic. If egg dishes are involved, go with sparkling wine.

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