Most people think that you have to serve white before red. However, I'm here to tell you that you can have reds before whites. When it comes to wine, the color does not matter. What does matter is the style of wine.
- Lighter to fuller body, (example: light bodied Pinot Noir before a fully oaked Chardonnay)
- Dry to sweet, (example: Sauvignon Blanc before a fruit forward Merlot)
- Higher acid to higher tannins, (example: Sparkling white wine before a Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Higher acids to higher tannins and sugar, (example: Steel Barrel Chardonnay before a red Zinfandel).
While white wines tend to be lighter and higher in acid, it won't be the case for every wine out there. A good way to impress your friends to is serve different wines at a dinner party that go against the "norm."
In addition, the glass you pour your wine in can be as important as the wine itself. Wine glasses are shaped in different ways to allow each wine's bouquet and flavor to come to life.
Big bodied, red wines need a glass with a bigger bowl to help the rich flavors and aromas peak through. The bigger the bowl, the more oxygen it will take in, allowing the tannins in the red wine to soften.
Lighter, white wines do not need a big, round wine glass. But instead, will do better in a glass with a smaller bowl. It is still important for oxygen to get in, but since most whites have lighter flavors and aromas, we do not want too much oxygen to seep through the wine.
There are many different fancy wine glasses out there. But, you also don't need to spend a fortune to find a great glass. My favorite wine glasses are the Tour collection from Crate & Barrel. (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/wine-glasses/tour-24-oz.-wine-glass/s583394). Not only are they the perfect size for red and white wines, but they also have a cool, "modern," style to them.
Of course, these glasses may be on the pricey side for some of you, so I would like to recommend a cheaper version from Ikea: (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50133069/). The red wine glasses are only $3.99/each, and the white wine glasses are $2.99/each!