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Hattiesburg, MS

Here you are just weeks before a big event, out of planning time, and with no idea what drinks to serve your guests. Wine, right? Nearly everyone drinks wine, but what do you need to fit your type of event, food pairings, or venue? Wine, like any other item you eat or drink, is subjective. Everyone has likes and dislikes but making a couple of good decisions can genuinely get you started down the right path. Lincoln Road Package Store is here to help you choose the right wine for your big event in Hattiesburg.

What type of event is the wine for?

If it is for a fancy dinner, consider that a bad wine pairing can ruin the taste buds. Your selections should always start with white and lighter wines, and then end with heavier, red wines. A wine like Albarino is better for pairing with acidic salads. Gewurztraminer is more playful and can pair well with finger foods. Sauvignon Blanc can continue throughout the night if your main course includes fish. However, if you are serving a more stout meal, then moving into reds is the safest bet. You could try a Merlot with chicken breast or pork chops. If you go classic with steak then perhaps choose a Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine choice also can change based on whether or not you made a saucier meal. Pinot Noir is classic with cream-based sauces, while Barbera is a good match for red Italian sauces. Also consider that if this is a big celebration like an engagement party or college graduation, then having champagne or Prosecco is almost expected.

What if you’re not planning to be so fancy?

Lincoln Road Package Store can direct you on choosing wine for more casual events, too. Cookouts don’t just pair well with beer. For a BBQ, consider pairings to be nearly the same as with a black-tie affair. Having salad? Then stick to lighter wines. If you go for a slaw dog, maybe you should try a Sauvignon Blanc for its citrus accents. Are red meats on the menu? Go for a Shiraz to match the heavy flavors. What if it’s a chili kind of party? To stand up to cheese, onion, and red sauce, a Zinfandel may be just what you need. Don’t let the casual affairs take away your chance to enjoy a glass of wine.

Whether it’s fine dining at your event of the season or a casual gathering with friends, wine is a great choice if you’re knowledgeable about what to choose. Don’t waste your money or time by purchasing the wrong wine. Let the courteous and well-versed staff at Lincoln Road Package Store help. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (601) 268-3677 or send an email to Visit our location at 2800 Lincoln Road, Suite A, in Hattiesburg, MS. A member of our knowledgeable and courteous staff will be glad to assist you with all of your wine pairing and purchasing needs today.

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