JL Richards the Pig Roast and Wedding Specialist. Your Caterer for the Madison and Janesville Area.
Basic Wine Guide










The label on the wine bottle says " Great with Chicken".
Is that Cordon Bleu or KFC? Basic rules, red wine with
red meat and white with chicken. But that is not true in
all cases. The most important ideas of wine pairing are
the seasonings and how it was cooked. It has a fruity
sauce, then any grape wine that has like characteristics.
If hotter, BBQ or with chili, a fruity and sweet white will
calm down effects. Slow cooked meals are better paired
with gentle mature reds. Charbroiled steaks team better
with younger and vibrant fruity wines. As for the "old
rule"  be different try a Chardonnay with your steak, or
Pinot Noir with Salmon.

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Need a bottle of wine for a gift? An idea would be to pair
or match that wine to cheese. Try to find out, what
wines they like or what cheese. One combination is Asti
Spumante with Swiss. Another is mild Cheddar with
Chardonnay. If they like full bodied cheese, like 4 year
Cheddar or Blue, it is a Cabernet.

Hint: Buy a couple of wines, then 4 different chunks of
cheeses, cut into small bites on plate with toothpicks,
asks guests what cheese, they like with that wine.

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With Our Favorite BBQ Pork - Menage A Trois, a red at
$9.99  

With Roast Pork it is- Chateau Ste. Michelle-
Chardonnay at $9.99
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Wine enthusiasts and experts generally use a scale that
ranges from 65-100. Broken down, this is what the
ratings mean:
Less than 84: Not worth drinking. Giving this bottle as a
gift will make you look bad.
84-86: A pretty weak wine. If it's the only thing at a party,
you'll drink it, but it isn't something you'll buy on your
own.
87-89: If the wine is less than $15, it's pretty good. Don't
spend any more than $15 on it, though.
90-91: Overall a good experience. An enjoyable wine.
92-93: Very good. Not exceptionally good, but it's
something that is definitely worth buying.
94-96: An exceptional wine. This is a wine that people
will talk about a week after drinking it, and will
remember fondly for months.
97-100: Incredible. One of the best experiences you
have ever had, one that is truly unforgettable.



When you go to buy wine, go to the store prepared with
a list of several wines and their corresponding ratings.
If saving money is something that you're interested in,
choose the lowest priced with the highest acceptable
rating.
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So You Are Going To Have A Party.




When you are entertaining, you need to provide more
wines than just those that you enjoy. You need to
provide a range of wine for every palate when you
entertain. You will need to provide white wine even if
you prefer red. If all you ever drink is white, you should
still provide red for your guests.
Not only should you provide both red and white, you
should provide a full spectrum of red and a full
spectrum of white. From sweet white wines to bold, dry
red wines, you have several varietals from which to
choose for every type of red or white wine.
For white wine selections, you will want to be sure to
include a dry white selection as well as a fruity white
selection. To appease the sweeter palate, you should
probably purchase a Chablis or Chenin Blanc and to
appease the more tart palate, you could purchase Pinot
Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.






Your red wine selections will be as varied as your white
wine selections. For a fruitier palate, you will want to
choose lighter reds such as Pinot Noir and for your
guests with a palate for tart dry reds; you will want to
purchase Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz or Chianti.
With such a wide variety of wines, you will also need to
know how much of each type of wine to serve when you
entertain. As a rule, if the majority of your guests are
new to wine drinking, you would probably be better off
to purchase more sweet or fruity whites and reds and
only a few of the drier, tart reds and whites. Conversely,
if you are entertaining experienced wine drinkers, you
will probably only purchase a few sweet whites and
reds and several dry varietals.
Of course, knowing how much wine to purchase overall
can be a daunting task. You can never definitely know
how much a crowd will drink, but you can make a fair
estimation. You know your guests better than anyone
does, but most crowds are comprised of non-drinkers,
beer drinkers and wine drinkers.




In fact, at most parties, about half of the people in
attendance drink wine. These wine drinkers usually
have two glasses each, though some people quit with
one glass and other people drink three or four glasses.
In the end, though, you can count on an average of two
glasses per person that is drinking wine.
Because only half of the people at your party will be
drinking wine, you can safely say that you need to
provide one glass of wine per person who attends.
However, if you are like most people, you will prefer to
err on the side of over abundance and provide one and
a half glasses of wine per person.
When serving wine at parties, you usually serve five
5-ounce glasses from each bottle, so if you are going to
have 20 guests, you should count on 30 glasses of
wine, which divided by five, is six bottles of wine.
This estimate is for a dinner or cocktail party. Type of
party and duration will effect the totals.
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For Larger Parties









Boxed wines have to be the way to go. We have a good
variety for all tastes. Maybe add a box of Franzia Merlot,
even if your not planning to serve wine with your pig
roast.
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