Basic formula helps hosts have enough wine on hand
Planning how much wine to buy for a holiday party can spark a headache for even the most seasoned host.
Skip the pains of surfing the Web for tips, and instead trust the expert advice of local wine buyer Sam Hovland of East End Wines.
Hovland typically figures how much wine to provide based on the assumption that beer and liquor also will be available at the event. Having ample vino on hand is important, though, because people tend to drink a bit more than usual at holiday gatherings.
"Using a 6-ounce pour gives you four servings out of a bottle," he says. With the estimation that the average party-goer will consume 1 to 3 glasses over the course of the night, it's safe to "divide the number of people at the party by 4 and get that many bottles of white and red."
Because holiday parties should be festive, Hovland also advises to "include some sparkling wine, usually about half as much as the white and red. So a case of white, a half case of sparkling, and a case of red will be enough for 50 people for a holiday party." (A case is usually 12 bottles.)
For Hovland's opinion on what styles of wine to pair with holiday dinners, some recommended brands and more, visit austin360.com/liquid.