To be the guest that everyone loves at their table, a few things must be true. You must be an accomplished and well-rounded conversationalist (up to date on everything from current events to the Real Housewives), you must offer to help the host at least three times over the course of the evening (it’s just good manners) and you must bring a bottle of wine that is both delicious and unique (bonus points if you can say more than “I liked the label”).
Thankfully, while the first two requisites demand a little extra effort, choosing a great wine to impress your host doesn’t need to be difficult. Here, we’ve selected six wonderful wines that are sure to impress at your next summer dinner party, so all you have to do is show up and be your charming self.
Ideal as a pre-dinner aperitif, Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blancs is a crowd-pleaser that instantly creates good vibes with its easy-drinking effervescence. After all, nothing says let’s get this night started than the unwrapping of gold foil and the sound of a champagne cork popping!
If you’re looking for a wine that will pair perfectly with Italian antipasti, fish or delicate flavours like fennel, this crisp rosé is a great option. Vegan and made from certified organic grapes, even those with strict dietary requirements will be able to raise a glass.
A light white best served ice-cold, this delicious Clare Valley riesling is highly drinkable and comes in a sleek and elegant bottle that you will be proud to put on the table.
An easy-drinking classic Margaret River wine, this crunchy, versatile white with passionfruit and fresh lime characters can be served alongside dinner, dessert or great conversation.
A medium-bodied rosé with wild strawberry and cream flavours, this stunning salmon-hued wine will work very well with rice dishes, fish and meat, or even sushi, making it a failsafe option when you don’t know what the host is serving up.
If your host loves cooler-than-cool bars and hip bottle shops, then they will be delighted when you pull out this award-winning Australian pét-nat. Fermented in the bottle, with a naturally sweet taste, It’s sure to be a conversation starter.