How much wine to give each guest

BURNING QUESTIONS

December 05, 2007|By Kathleen Purvis | Kathleen Purvis,McClatchy-Tribune

When serving wine to guests, whether with snacks and hors d'oeuvres or with a meal, what is the appropriate amount to serve? (Assuming, of course, that there is a designated driver who won't drink at all.)

At a sit-down meal, the rule of thumb is a half bottle of wine per person, or one bottle for every couple. If it's a long meal covering several courses and several different types of wine, you may be able to reduce that to one bottle for every four people.

For parties with hors d'oeuvres, the same rule holds. Most people will take two servings in the first hour, and one to two servings in the second hour.

A 750-milliliter bottle holds about five (5-ounce) servings. So for a one-hour gathering for 10 people, you'd need two to three bottles. For a two-hour party, four to six bottles ought to do it.

Just don't forget to have something tasty and nonalcoholic on hand for that designated driver.

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