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Jun 12, 2007 08:57 AM

One wine, several courses ...

Okay, I need a Master Sommelier's feedback on this. If money was no object, I wouldn't be asking this question. But I'm like the rest of the 97% of you ... I'm not famous with a ton of expendable cash to spend on multiple bottles of wine to be paired up appropriately with multiple courses. So I ask: When you are having wine with a meal, whether it's at a restaurant or whether you're cooking at home, and you clearly don't have the money to spend on several bottles of wine ... how do you select one bottle of wine that will be consumed with multiple, yet contrasting courses?? What if I'm starting with some cold fresh, salty, briny antipasta, then I move on to a very light soup, then a light seafood main course, a rich dessert, and finish with a very diverse cheese board??? I know you drink what you like, but that being said, is there any rule regarding this? Do you round up to the lightest course or round down to the richest course and select accordingly? Your thoughts.

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  1. I read your question. But even without reading it I knew what the answer was just from the title: Champagne.

    Spatlese-level Rieslings and Medium-bodied Pinot Noirs are both very versitile as well. But Champagne is the single most versitle type of wine. And very yummy, too.

    1. In a situation like this I would usually pick a wine that compliments a substantial portion of the entrees selected, giving preference to guests selections above my own choice of entree. Wine or champagne by the glass would be the choice for anyone who was unhappy with the bottle selected. I am always happy to have coffee with dessert, so I could be happy with no wine for that course.

      1. the "rule", IMO, if you can only have one wine with a meal is to find the wine that matches the majority of the dishes...

        And even more importantly, if you're just going to do one wine, then start with the WINE youll be having and order your food accordingly !!

        Look for the wine that is closest to the "common denominator" companion to the dishes you'll be having.

        Lastly, instead of just one bottle, you can always order a couple GLASSES of different wines.