s.w. Connoisseur Wine is family owned and operated
 Wine Vintner Store located in
Corunna, Ontario Canada.

Serving Wines
Guidelines for Serving Wine

A standard serving of wine is five ounces.
This means you get: 
five glasses per 750 ml bottle
seven glasses per 1L bottle
10/12 glasses per magnum

Follow these three steps when estimating your needs:

1.  Calculate how many people will be drinking at the event
2.  Multiply this number by four.  This tells you the maximum number of standard drinks you will need
3.  Translate the number of standard drinks into cases of spirits and bottle of wine.

100 "standards drinks" = approximately:
Beer - 100 12 oz bottles
Wine - 20 750ml bottles

Suppose you expect 200 people to be drinking at your event.  The recommended number of drinks you need is 800 (4 x 200).  Let's further suppose that you expect about half of the people to drink beer and the rest to be divided between spirits and wine.  The 800 "standard drinks" required would be divided as follows:
400 bottles of beer (4 x 100), plus 12 bottles of spirits (2 x 6), plus 40 bottles of wine 2 x 20)

Selecting what type of wine to serve

The old adage of serving white wine with white meat and red with red meat is too simplistic. In general enjoy your favorite wine with your favorite food but the key is to select wine based on the "weight" and texture of the meal. Heavier meals and sauces require bigger wine to match their weight and lighter meals and sauces will require lighter and more subtle wines. Here are some tips:

  • Weight-wise meals from heavy to light will be Red meat with heavy sauces, game meats (and Turkey) with heavy sauce, pasta with Alfredo sauce, things with lots of butter or gravy, lighter sauces, chicken or meat lightly sauteed to sea food in lighter sauces to lobster or shrimp in light sauces
  • To match wines in the same order (from heavy weight to light) you can select from Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Piedmont (northern Italians), Bordeaux blends, Tuscan wines like Chianti (from Italy), Merlot, Pinot Noir, Burgundy wines, California chardonnay, white french wines, sauvignon blancs
  • Spicy foods go better with slightly sweeter wines like Sancerre (France), Sauvignon Blanc (especially good from New Zealand), Gewuertztraminer (Germany and California), and Pinot Grigio (Italy and California)

Remember to please drink responsibly and don't drink and drive!