With the colder days setting in and the end of the year approaching, people all across the country are preparing homes, offices, and venues for holiday parties, and we would love to help. Here at Northstar Liquor Superstore — your local wine store in Johnstown — we enjoy helping people find the perfect beverages for any event from picnics to casual gatherings to holiday parties. In today’s blog, we will share some important tips for making sure your holiday party is properly stocked.

Whether you need to wind down with an inexpensive bottle of wine or are preparing to throw a holiday party for the entire office, we want to be your wine store of choice. Come visit us today or contact us online and get the best deals on wine, liquor, and beer at our northern Colorado liquor superstore.

Pick Crowd Pleasers

Something that is very important to keep in mind when you’re planning a holiday gathering for a mixed crowd is that it is hard to please everyone. Some of your guests will undoubtedly prefer a Carignan or mineral driven Albarino, but you can’t go wrong sticking with classic, old-world varietals that people recognize.

We recommend you select a Cabernet and a Chardonnay for your guests to enjoy. These wines are considered “safe” for a number of reasons. Most people are familiar with these grapes. Additionally, they are both diverse and pair well with lots of different foods.

Align Your Wine And Your Food

The above wine advice is particularly helpful if the food being served at your gathering is primarily of the snack variety. If however, you are serving a full meal, then we recommend taking a different approach. If your guests will be sitting down together for lunch or dinner, then choose wines that pair well with your main dish.

If you are serving turkey seasoned with herbs de Provence, select a French wine like a Pinot Noir. If you are serving a glazed ham, then select a more acidic and sweet white wine, like a Riesling. A good rule of thumb for pairing wines and foods is to match the region they come from. Serving Italian for your guests? Go with an Italian wine.

Still not sure what wine to choose? Stop by our Johnstown location and talk with one of our wine experts. We would be happy to help you find the perfect wine for your event.

Provide Red And White Options

One imperative rule for any holiday event you are serving wine for is to have both red and white wine options available for your guests. Not only will you put smiles on faces when your friends or co-workers see they have options, but you will avoid hurting the feelings of anyone who has strong feelings against one or the other. Some people really dislike the dry, tannin elements common in red wines, while others may prefer to avoid the sugary character common to many white wines.

Buy In Bulk

When serving a large number of people at a holiday party, a good host will always try to be over prepared. When it comes to buying wine for such an occasion, buying in bulk works in your favor for two important reasons.

The first is that when you buy wine by the case, you will typically receive a discount, allowing you to save some money. The second is that when you buy wine in bulk for your holiday party, you’re less likely to run out — an outcome that nobody at the party wants. And let’s face it — nobody will mind if there is actually a little left over.

Shop At Northstar Liquor Superstore

Follow these tips and you can’t go far wrong at this year’s holiday festivities. If you have any beverage needs outside of wine for your party, you can find them all at Northstar Liquor Superstore in Johnstown. Feel free to visit us or contact us online. Our team of beverage experts and enthusiasts will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for or discover a new favorite.