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A Touch Of Glass: Wining and Dining Friends At Your Place

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

We all know that drinking is bad for us. And, in fact most of our favorite cocktails are laden with calories, and ones we definitely don’t need as we squeeze into our summer swimsuits, mini’s and bikinis. But, wine is one of those beverages, that, in moderation, has it benefits. Plus, these days, it’s become all the rage. Not in the mood to head east to the wineries, why not invite a few friends over for some fine wining and dining.

· Put the word out: To no more than 12 friends unless you’ve got a really big place. According to “aficionados” a group this size works best for tasting and talk.

· Set the mood by setting the time: Don’t start too early or too late. Most people have to work, among other responsibilities, but no one wants to be sipping wine first thing in the morning. Consider starting at around 7 or 8 in the evening, giving guest plenty of time to think about heading home (sober) around 10 or 11.

· Center the evening around a theme: Make it a dessert and dessert wine night or make it a California wine night, whatever you and your group prefer to make the evening fun and interesting.

· Set the standard of how much you’ll serve: Consider how much you are comfortable with everyone drinking without going overboard.

· Serve up some complimentary snacks: Make sure you have foods that best enhance the wines flavor, and are easy to eat, such as finger foods for all tastes and moods.

· Serve up wine a little at a time: Experts suggest cracking opening a few bottles (about 4) first, then popping open the next group, of let’s say 4.

· Go with the flow: Present white wines before reds and lighter wines before bolder ones and dry before sweet.

· Follow up with feedback: Ask guests what they think/thought and encourage them to share their thoughts and opinions with the group.

· Make a date: set up another time and place to do it again.

***A note of caution: make sure everyone is sober before they go home. Call a cab for those who aren’t or offer up your couch. After all the experience is suppose to be enlightening, entertaining, and educating.

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