How to Serve Dessert Wine by the Ideal Wine Company

If you’re planning on hosting a dinner party this summer you’ll find this week’s article particularly helpful, as the Ideal Wine Company explain how to serve dessert wine.

What is a dessert wine?

There’s no singular definition that we can use to explain the term “dessert wine.” However, here in the UK we generally regard dessert wines as sweet wines that are traditionally served with dessert. Many would regard, for example, the Tokaji wines sold by the Ideal Wine Company as dessert wines.

Five tips for serving dessert wine

You should conform to certain rules if you want to ensure that you and your guests enjoy a well-made dessert wine. The Ideal Wine Company would suggest that whenever you serve dessert wine, you should:

  • Chill before serving: Dessert wines are like whites and roses; they taste better if they’ve been cooled for half an hour or so before serving. Even red dessert wines can be served slightly


  • Keep measures small: A little dessert wine goes a long way, because it boasts an array of powerful flavours that ensnare your taste buds with the smallest sip. That’s why we suggest you limit measures to no more than 100 millilitres per glass when you serve dessert wine.
  • Serve in certain glasses: As a rule of thumb, we would suggest that you serve dessert wine in a tall, wide-brimmed traditional wine glass. This promotes the oxidisation dessert wine needs to release its intoxicating mix of heady flavours. In contrast, you should serve sparkling dessert wines as you would Champagne; in a flute.


  • Let your dish be your guide: A dessert wine should always be sweeter than the food that it’s being served with to spark a pleasing contrast. This is why you should let your dish be your guide when serving dessert wine.


  • Decant your vintage: If you decant a quality dessert wine you can enhance its flavour. However we should note that decanting a wine often makes it warmer, so you should make sure you decant your vintage in the coolest part of your home.

Make the most of dessert wine

Social convention dictates that there is a good reason why you should adhere to these rules when you serve a dessert. They allow you to make the most of your dessert wine to ensure that you and your guests are provided with the perfect complement for your final dish.

How to Choose What Wine to Bring to a Dinner Party

Do you have a dinner party coming up and no idea which vintage to bring with you? If so read on, as this week the Ideal Wine Company explains how to choose what wine to bring to a dinner party.

Wine and dinner parties go hand in hand

Convention demands that when you’ve been invited to a dinner party you bring something with you as a thank you for your host. Beer is too cheap and low brow, Vodka is too reminiscent of those nights you spent at the local park when you were 17 and whiskey and brandy are too decadent.

Therefore most people choose to bring along a bottle of wine when they’re invited to attend a dinner party. Wine is luxurious, goes hand in hand with expertly prepared cuisine and is expensive enough not to make you look cheap.

Four tips for choosing what wine to bring to a dinner party

Yet there are so many wines out there; which do you choose? Which will make the right impression? Try these four tips to help you choose the right bottle of wine to bring the next time you’re invited to a dinner party…

  • Pair with food: Dinner parties centre around the dishes the host has chosen to serve for dinner. It’s seen as incredibly bad form to bring a bottle which clashes with every dish served. Find out which dishes the host has decided to make so you can ensure you pick a wine that complements the flavours of at least one.


  • Splash out: Whatever you do, don’t head down to Tesco and snag a bottle from their ‘special offer’ section the next time you’re invited to a dinner party. It’s the ultimate faux pas; it makes you look cheap. Show your appreciation for the effort the host has gone to by spending decent money on the wine you pick. You might, for example, want to bring a superb Bordeaux from the Ideal Wine Company.


  • Use what you know to your advantage: You can’t exactly ask the host what to bring, that’s just awkward. However you know them. You know what they like. Use your knowledge to your advantage and pick a bottle that’ll go down well with the host the next time you attend a dinner party.


  • Pick something you know: How can you expect other people to like a vintage that you don’t even know whether you like yourself? Pick a wine you’re already familiar with if you want to make sure you select a vintage that’ll go down a storm the next time you’re asked to attend a dinner party.

Think about what other people will enjoy

In other words there’s one trick that’s almost guaranteed to ensure that you’ll select the right wine to bring with you the next time you’re invited to attend a dinner party. Think about what other people will enjoy; do that and you won’t go far wrong.