When hosting a party, figuring out how many bottles of wine to serve can be as daunting as choosing what food to prepare. Inevitably, you’ll have to do a bit of guesswork, but winemaker Rebecca Nelson of Estancia Wines recommends having enough wine to serve 1.5 glasses per person, per hour.
Since there are five 5-ounce servings in a standard bottle of vino, you’ll need about one bottle for every three guests per hour (we’ve rounded up a bit to make sure you don’t run out!).
To ensure you have something that suits everyone’s taste, Nelson suggests serving one full-bodied white and one versatile red that won’t compete with each other—like the Estancia Monterey County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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