You are hosting a dinner party for some of your closest friends. You want it to be a special occasion, but you do not have a lot of time available. You need to get things done as quickly and easily as possible, but how? There are checklists out there to make your life easier. Being organized helps to streamline the whole process. But, are there any other things you can do, to save time?

For a start, you can buy wine online. It’s a lot easier than heading to a store to make your purchase. Do not forget that wine is an important factor if you want your dinner party to be successful. So, you want to make the right choice. Let’s look at some of the wine trends for 2017, to help make your decision a little easier.

A slushy with a twist

The wine slushy first came to prominence in 2016, and it’s here to stay. It may not be the traditional fare of a dinner party table. But, if the weather is warm, and the atmosphere is relaxed, mixing fruit, ice and wine can be a real crowd pleaser.

The new experience of bourbon barrel wine

This is another trend that you may have heard a whisper of in 2016, and which continues to gather momentum. It’s the process of aging wine in a barrel which was previously used for bourbon. Although bourbon is not added to the wine, its essence permeates the wine, giving it a unique flavor.

Think about buying local

If you live in the vicinity of a winery, then why not think about making a purchase from there; there is a growing trend for buying local. You should still be able to buy online if the convenience suits you. If you are feeling more adventurous, then take a trip to the winery, and see for yourself where the wine is produced.

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An increase in online buying

We have already mentioned the convenience factor of buying wine online. It’s something that many people are embracing, as the trend for buying online continues apace. So, how does this help with finding the right wine for your dinner party? The answer is simple; you get to take a look at a wide range of wine, right at your fingertips

The continued rise of Merlot

Merlot has always been one of the most planted grape varieties, especially in the vineyards of France. Lately, it’s popularity has really begun to soar. This is a situation which seems set to continue throughout 2017. Merlot is a perfect choice for a dinner party. It has a rich flavor which complements a wide variety of foods.

Try an Australian wine

Australia’s wine export market continues to flourish, with China now the biggest buyers. There is much to admire about wines from this country. Why not try a Riesling from one of the Clare and Eden Valleys or Great Southern wineries? There are many to choose from, but Forest Hill Vineyard Block 1 Mount Barker Riesling is an excellent vintage. This is a great choice if you want to use the advice we gave earlier, and try buying wine online.

Arranging a dinner party can be fun, but it can also be a little fraught. Hopefully, we have managed to take some of the stress away, by giving you some useful information that will help you choose exactly the right wine for your guests.

 

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Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of So Good Blog.

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