You know the feeling: you open up a delicious bottle of wine before your guests arrive and the flavorful aroma enchants you… You envision a glorious night ahead, filled with friends, food, and laughter, and you can’t wait to share the magic of your drink of choice.
We may be biased, but we’re firm believers that there’s no better place to host a dinner party than in your new home in Central Florida — from your charming lanai to your open-concept living area, guests can enjoy the ease of a space designed for total relaxation and comfort. So now that you have the space down, you need wine that pairs perfectly with what you’re serving. Sit back, relax, and have a glass: we’ve got you covered.
Sparkling: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava
Salty Snacks: Fries, Potato Chips, Caviar, Anchovies, Sushi, Popcorn
Recipe Idea: Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
Dry White: Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio
Vegetable Dishes: Salad, Sauteed Vegetables, Roasted Vegetables
Recipe Idea: Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan
Sweet White: Gewürztraminer, Moscato, Riesling
Cheese Board: Soft Cheese (Feta, Camembert, Brie), Bread, Smoked meat
Recipe Idea: Easy Cheese Board
Rich White: Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier
Creamy Appetizers: Soup, Cream-Based Pasta (try with baked fish, shellfish, or poultry), Quiche, Lasagna
Recipe Idea: Garlic-Herb Mini Quiches
Rose: White Zinfandel, Grenache, Provençal Rosé
Richly Flavored Dishes: Raw or Lightly Cooked Shellfish, Curries, Paella, Lamb, Charcuterie
Recipe Idea: Grilled Lamb Chops
Light Red: St. Laurent, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Gamay
Mushroom Dishes: Risotto, Mushroom Soup, White Pizza
Recipe Idea: White Mushroom Pizza
Medium Red: Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot
Roasted Dishes: Pizza, Vegetables, Duck, Turkey, Beef (Lean Cuts)
Recipe Idea: Perfect Beef Tenderloin
Bold Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah
Rich Meats: Steak, Burgers, Beef Short Ribs, Venison
Dessert: Late Harvest, Sherry, Port
Sweet Desserts: Cake, Cookies, Pie, Ice Cream, Fruit
Recipe Idea: Cucumber-Key Lime Pie
White wines generally pair better with appetizers and finger food, while red wines are great for heavier main meals, particularly those with meat. Whether you plan to serve light fare or filling dishes, there’s certainly a tasty wine that will match any flavor. Of course, the best part of any dinner party is having fun with the ones you love — and a great wine just makes the night that much sweeter.
From all of us at Green Key Village, cheers to your next dinner party!