An aperitif is usually an alcoholic drink served before dinner and it is drunk to “open up” the palate, preparing guests for treats ahead. But what wine styles will be good aperitifs?
The answer will be determined by the exact form of aperitif that will be served. If the aperitif is served with a starter or an appetiser meal the wines must complement the dish.
Alternatively if the aperitif is only limited to the drinks, the season, regional traditions and general preference of your guests must be taken into account.
In the winter fortified wines like Sherry or Port will be a save bet.
In the summer Champagne or White wine spritzers with dryer wines like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc will be also go-done well with your guests.
But in some cases and some counties, no matter how hard you try, the men want a beer to cleanse there palates , while a classic Martini cocktail will be the preferred aperitif for the ladies.