If you are having a party this New Years Eve, you’re probably in the market for a good quality, reasonably priced white wine. For some reason, when thinking of a party wine, many tend to automatically think of a chardonnay. I don’t know why. I am rushing off to a little cocktail party myself, but before I do, I wanted to give you a quick list of other white wines to consider.
I am a proponent of “abc wines” (anything but chardonnay). I find Chardonnays to be overused, overoaked and heavy. I find most people prefer the light, slightly minerally, lightly fruity (pear), grassy flavors of a White Bordeaux or Sauvignon Blanc.
Here are three of my favorite party wines which are delicious to drink, reasonably priced and pleasing for any party.
Château Bonnet is a light, elegant sip from the appellation of Entre-Deux-Mers. It is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, and 10% Muscadelle.
I concur with the vineyards description of this lovely little vino:
Tropical fruit and citrus aromas mingle on the nose with a just a bit of minerality. Flavors of grapefruit and light floral notes emerge on the crisp, clean palate, with the semillon providing a bit of a roundness. Not overly complex, this is thoroughly pleasing.
This is usually $10 – $12 dollars a bottle (as with all of the wines listed, think about buying a case, your merchant should be willing to give you at least a 10% discount — they all make great house wines).
If you cannot find the Château Bonnet, look for a similar looking bottle and simple label, a similar blend and something from the Entre-Deux-Mers appelation.
This vin blanc from Château Ducasse is a delicate sip. It is very well balanced and goes well with everything. It is crisp, minerally and fresh tasting and has a taste of fresh peach and pear.
This is usually $13 – 15 a bottle.
Here is a pretty looking domestic wine I just came across from one of my favorite Northwest wineries, Hedges Cellars. To make life easier, this comes with a screw top (not as romantic at the royal cork, but it saves some time when serving for a party).
I think their description is very accurate: light, lively aromas of ripe pear, grapefruit peel, caramel apple and orange blossom. The palette is lean, angular and well defined, emphasizing the virtues of structure and elegance.
This is priced at $14. a bottle, and can now be found at many Costcos.
Must run — Cheers!