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Bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner party as a gift to the host is a common occurrence. Make it a memorable one by bringing a bottle that reflects the taste of the host, as well as the style of the party. Make it a bottle that the guests will enjoy, and you’ve got a winner.

Before going to the store and staring blankly at the rows of wine before you, which is not recommended, try to get an idea of the menu that will be offered at the party beforehand. If a full menu cannot be disclosed, an assumption based on time of the party, mood, number of people, and occasion may assist you in at least selecting a type of wine before hitting the store.

There are two simple rules to remember when pairing wine with food. Keep light bodied wines paired with lighter foods, such as small appetizers. This way, neither the wine nor the crudités will overpower the other. Reserve the red, more fuller bodied wines for heavier dishes, such as Filet Mignon. So if the dinner party you are attending is going to be a party of various appetizers or small dishes, a white wine, perhaps a sweeter wine like a Riesling, is a sure bet.

Should you be unable to procure a menu from the host, there are other viable alternatives to selecting an appropriate wine. Price is mitigating factor in these considerations. How well you know the host, how much you have to spend, and the type of wine you desire to purchase will all play a role here.

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Johnny Depp has a ”secret desire” to make his own range of wines after being inspired by the vineyards near his home in France.

 The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ actor – who lives in Plan-de-la-Tour in southern France with partner Vanessa Paradis and their children Lily-Rose, 10, and seven-year-old Jack – has a dream to create his own alcohol, but would insist on trying it for himself before selling to the public.

He said: “I have a secret desire to make wine. But I’ll keep it for myself before daring to sell it commercially.

“In the Var where I live, it’s very interesting. The region is notable for rose and it’s very good, though I prefer red myself.”

The 46-year-old star credits his family for helping curb his wild ways and admits he would do anything for his kids.

He added to France’s VSD magazine: “France has given me everything. A marvellous family and also an equilibrium which I missed enormously.

“With Vanessa and the kids, we live in a sort of little village in the south and I have the impression of being in paradise.

“Everything revolves around the children. ‘Where will we go for a walk? Should we eat at the house with them or maybe go for a picnic?’ These are the problems we face there.”

Source: entertainment.stv.tv

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