Wine pairings are fun, but they’re not everything. Giuliani said choose one wine for holiday hosting and buy it by the case to save money. Kathy Bertone, who wrote “The Art of the Visit: Being the Perfect Host; Becoming the Perfect Guest,” notes hosts can count on visitors showing up with plenty of wine, anyway.
Ken Forte, president of the Harlem Wine Gallery, a small wine shop-art gallery in Harlem, says assume most of your guests will drink one to three glasses. Don’t succumb to pressure to buy outside your price range and don’t sweat the glassware.
“Although the current craze for specific wine glasses for each varietal may work for you, it is perfectly acceptable to drink from the glasses you own,” he said. “If you don’t own enough wine glasses to serve all your guests, consider renting or borrowing additional glasses.”