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Throwing a party! Need to stock up on wine. What should we get?

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lindzmarie Jun 9, 2009 11:25 AM

Hi,

We are throwing a party for 60 adults and I need to supply wine to our guests. I want to be able to go to the New Hampshire Liquor Store since its right near me in Portsmouth. Any idea on what I should get, how many bottles? My budget is $600.00.

  1. BratleFoodie Jun 19, 2009 10:44 AM

    If you were picnicing, I would plump for the unbreakable one liter box wine "Bandit."

    I know, I know. But this is a wine under ten bucks that offers a safe package and a really quite decent Pinot Grigio (I am not a huge fan of their Chardonnay, on the other hand). Right now it is one of my cheap house wines of choice.

    Of course, I am impressed that no one on this board asked if they could come to the party! It sounds like a good time, considering how much care the host is giving to preparations. Lucky guests!

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      lindzmarie Jun 29, 2009 07:28 AM

      Thank you all so much for your suggestions. You've been a tremendous help.

    2. Scargod Jun 19, 2009 08:09 AM

      Just found Edgebaston "The Pepper Pot" '08 a nice, smooth red blend for $13.00 and Clairault Cab '04 for $13.00; both excellent values and pretty robust reds.

      1. MacshashRIP Jun 19, 2009 05:17 AM

        St. Supery and/or Groth Sauvignon Blanc + Tait "Ball Buster" Shiraz. Can't go wrong with those beauties.

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          cammie810 Jun 17, 2009 04:28 PM

          I dont know where you live but there is a great wine store in Hampstead, NH called The Wine Steward. They give case discounts and have an excellent selection of wines that are economical. The owner, Rocco, will allow you to taste before you buy and has a tasting of 5-6 different wines every Saturday. They have a wonderful Italian sparkling called Moscato D'asti that would be great for a party. You can also mix and match cases and get a few different bottles so everyone is happy. Finally, they have a phenomenal cheese selection!!

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            Scargod Jun 17, 2009 06:20 PM

            Moscato D'asti is a nice sweet, low alcohol wine, but I wouldn't go overboard on it (more a dessert wine). A related sparkling wine is Asti Spumante. OK. Girly stuff.

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              lulatula Jun 30, 2009 07:21 AM

              I agree with getting some Asti . It goes great with Mango puree for a refreshing afternoon drink. Also a great riesling that is not too sweet is Dr. Loosen. It usually goes for anywhere between 10-12 dollars. And a reasonable red is also Red Truck syrah which is about 10 dollars and has a great jammy taste to it.

          2. jspear Jun 12, 2009 10:43 AM

            I have been very happy lately with B&G Vouvray and it can be picked up in the NH state stores. Light and sippy, fruity but not overly sweet. it is a Chenin Blanc and the Beringer Chenin Blanc is similar. Less expensive than a good chardonay and better for a broader palate, I think anyway......

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              montuori Jun 12, 2009 04:39 AM

              Roses are an excellent idea, it certainly is the season. If you're looking for bubbly (and who isn't?) Gruet produces a very reasonable brut and rose in the $15-17 range. The brut makes a fine French 75, if that's your thing. I'm also partial to gruner veltliner for a goes-with-everything crowd pleaser. The 1l bots of Hofer should run $11 - 14 (but I'm not sure it's available in NH).

              Since you're in Portsmouth, I'd mention that the supermarket where Stroudwater Books used to be has a well chosen selection which might give you some further ideas. For the life of me I can't recall the name of the shop.

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                Shooley Jun 10, 2009 02:40 PM

                I would suggest roses...it's time for roses! And there are lots of them that are inexpensive. Also, I really like the Librandi Ciro Rosso for a lighter summer red: it's 100% Gaglioppo from Calabria. And, the Sella & Mosca Cannonau (which is Grenache in Sardinia) is always a big hit. Another great red from Spain: the Este from Bodegas Alto Amanzora; it's a blend of 4 varietals. Everyone likes this wine. Also, Vinho Verde, that crisp, light, slightly effervescent and low-alcohol white from Portugal. Again, your guests will love it. I could go on and on.

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                  AikiLou Jun 9, 2009 01:41 PM

                  There are some great values out there for not a whole lot of money: for whites, look into Kung Fu Girl riesling...it is a really good food wine. Also the Sardinian whites (vermentino grape) are great and not expensive. Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is really wonderful and reasonably priced. Some great reds under ten dollars are: A-mano Primativo, Las Rochas Garnacha, Fess Parker Frontier Red, and Coppola Rosso.

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                    lindzmarie Jun 10, 2009 11:00 AM

                    Thank you!

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                      phelana Jun 10, 2009 02:14 PM

                      I was at a Memorial Day dinner and someone brought this crazy good wine:

                      Rene Barbier - Catalonia, Spain Mediterranean Series White

                      Try it and tell me what you think? It went so well with some soft cheeses such as a brie and another cheese with a rind. I am getting a case for 60 US this week.

                      Follow your www.anguillabliss.com

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                      Scargod Jun 11, 2009 07:58 PM

                      Off the cuff, I'm thinking $600/40 (because all will not drink and all will not drink wine= a $15 bottle of wine per person! A-mano Primativo, Las Rochas Garnacha, Fess Parker Frontier Red, and Coppola Rosso are all decent, but you could do better. Most good Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand are $11-12. Lots of Chilean Malbecs, Australian Shiraz, etc, are at $15 to <20. Go to liquor store, ask for help and say $15-20 per bottle. With discount you should be fine; none will be mediocre nor will you look like you were cheaping out!

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                        sarabean Jun 12, 2009 12:01 PM

                        nice call on the kung fu girl! and whitehaven! superior NZ sav blanc and a great value!
                        another great reisling (imported) we love is butterfly, i know they have it at NH state lq. some other great values & approachable for a large crowd i'd rec a malbec from mendoza region argentina (alamos, gascon, pricier but worth it catena); torrontes, a lovely summer white (if summer ever arrives!) i love trapiche(@6.00), pannotia, or crios. don't overlook a nice french rose, i like the cote du rhone varietals, great for this time of year and fun to offer as an alternative to wh zin drinkers, get them to think @ wine a bit. cheers!

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                          invinotheresverde Jun 18, 2009 09:49 AM

                          I alsways find it odd that people think White Zin drinkers will enjoy almost bone dry French rosé. Is it simply because they're both pink?

                          I think an off-dry Riesling is a much better "step up" wine for the WZ kids.

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                            Scargod Jun 18, 2009 02:56 PM

                            "step up" wine for the WZ kids...
                            You've totally lost me. Also isn't all Riesling at least off-dry?

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                              invinotheresverde Jun 18, 2009 08:38 PM

                              Definitely not. Plenty Rieslings are bone dry, especially Alsatian.

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                              sarabean Jun 18, 2009 04:34 PM

                              point taken. i just hate w zin and love french rose in the spring. i guess i'm being insensitive to the poor schmucks. ;)

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                                invinotheresverde Jun 18, 2009 08:39 PM

                                Hey, I agree. I LOVE Rosé in the summer! I just don't think the WZ drinkers would. ;)

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                                  Scargod Jun 19, 2009 05:15 AM

                                  Oh, White Zinfandel! "WZ kids" confused me. I thought it was something like Generations XYZ... I do know what "Zin"and "Cab" stand for.
                                  I see I'm going to have to get back on my soapbox about abbreviations and acronyms. :)

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                                    invinotheresverde Jun 19, 2009 09:00 AM

                                    I wrote out "White Zin" in that initial post, silly.

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                                      Scargod Jun 19, 2009 09:09 AM

                                      You're right. You see, that first brain fart was at 5:56PM. At that point I was, ahem, sampling new scotch or some of the new wines I bought.
                                      I might have also had someone yelling, "when's dinner going to be ready?" and started speed reading.
                                      I got a bunch of new (to me) wines from Valley Discount Wine and Liquor in Ansonia, CT. Guess I'll mention a few in "what are you drinking now"...

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                          harryharry Jun 9, 2009 01:25 PM

                          There are 60 5oz glasses in a case of wine - will you have any other liquor or beer - also, how long & what time of day?
                          I would get two cases of beer, some soft drinks and up to three cases of wine (knowing that there will be plenty left over for me to drink later in the summer!) - I just had a party (a pig roast) and served only rose and corona (and soft drinks).... it was great for a summer party

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                            lindzmarie Jun 10, 2009 11:00 AM

                            Thanks so much. I will be serving beer as well. I found a calculator online that allowed me to figure out how much to buy.

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                            adiosoven Jun 9, 2009 12:53 PM

                            I don't know if you can get this at NH State liquor store - we purchased at a wine tasting in Wellsley - very pleased with these inexpensive wines.

                            1.) Rossopesce vino rosso from Italy; 2007-lighter red, goes well with chicken or fish. Described as a well structured wine from Tuscany uniquely soft and fruit driven yet not too sweet; no biting aftertaste; great for party sipping! $9.99

                            2.) Primativo Puglia from Italy; 2004 - darker red, pairs well with red meats, BBQ's, sharp cheeses; from San Marzano region, Italy. $11.99

                            Clips here on chowhound also mention "Convenience Store" wines and recommend an inexpensive $8.00 Ravenswood (not the Merlot) I'll second that w/a Polka Dot Riesling for those who love a really sweet wine.I know these should be in any NHState store. Caterers tell me the rule of thumb is two - three glasses per person depending on length of event...CH says forget the boxed wine. I'm a wine newbie, but I kind of figured...

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                              adiosoven Jun 9, 2009 01:08 PM

                              The CH video titled corner store wine suggested Ravenswood Chardonnay - don't know if you wanted domestic or imported wines, but the young man claims this won't ruin a party!

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                                lindzmarie Jun 10, 2009 11:00 AM

                                These are great suggestions. Thank you.

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