How Do You Keep White Wine Cold While Making It Available To Guests?

How do you keep white wine cold while making it available to guests? Just have ice buckets available. I always have parties with white wines. I tend to serve them colder than they are supposed to be because when you walk around, the wine is going to warm up in the glass.

Serving white wine at a dinner party poses the question of how to keep it chilled throughout the evening. Red wines, which are served at room temperature, can just be placed on the table, but white wine and champagne are going to need ice buckets to keep them chilled.

Brian Hay, a chef and culinary instructor at Austin Community College and a sommelier who also teaches for the International Sommelier Guild, says, " I tend to serve white wines colder than they are supposed to be because when you walk around the wine is going to warm up in the glass."

You can begin your dinner by chilling your white wine to a colder temperature than necessary so that it will stay chilled longer. If you have a bar and bartender, they will be able to keep the wine chilled in a mini fridge. If you do not have a bar set up with a someone to tend bar, then you will need to keep ice buckets either on the table or in a central location where people can easily go to get a drink for themselves.

When using ice buckets, make sure they are high quality and insulated to keep the ice frozen for as long as possible and so that condensation does not appear on the outside. You also need to have hand towels available next to each bucket to use while holding the wine since the bottle will be cold and wet.

Make sure to keep an eye on your ice. When ice is melting, remove the entire bucket and replace with one that is filled with fresh ice. You can then take the first bucket back to the kitchen, empty it, fill it with ice, and store it in the freezer until it is needed to replace another bucket.

If you plan on serving mixed drinks but don't have a bar or a bartender, you can convert a table into a mini bar. Simply lay out all the ingredients and let people make their own drinks.

Hay says, "If you want to get extravagant with the mixed drinks, that's pretty easy to handle as long as you have all the elements there. Have all the garnishments and ice available right there. Last year, I went to a martini party where they had 20 different types of martinis available that you could make yourself. They had everything you needed - the shakers, ice, and all of the elements - laid out."

If it is a formal party, you should spend the extra money to hire a bartender. However, if your dinner is casual it's perfectly fine to allow guests to make their own drinks. You may want to lay out a couple of bartender recipe books, or if it's a theme party, write out cards with different theme related drinks and leave those on your make-shift bar. Just make sure to supply all the necessary ingredients and glasses and replenish them as needed.

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