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Throw a Wine Party Like a Pro

A Guide to Holiday Entertaining written by the owners of a retail package store, The Bottle Shop, in Madison, Ga.

A year from now Dacula and surrounding communities should be enjoying a brand new upscale beer, wine and liquor retail establishment. As we were preparing and launching our holiday celebration packages for The Bottle Shop in Madison, it occurred to us that you might be interested in some of the many things we do to serve our customers. Our customers depend on us to find great deals, and fresh ideas to help them celebrate every occasion large and small. You may find these tips fun and inspiring as you plan your own holiday events.  - Heather and Russ Weaver

Your Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Here are some easy steps and perfect pairings to help you host the ultimate wine party this Holiday Season.

1. Food: Suggestions are different types of cheese, cold shrimp, chicken skewers, pate and olives. Try to have a balance between salty foods, rich foods, delicate foods and so on.

2.Wine: Prepare a list of wines that are good matches, average matches and poor matches for each of the foods you have selected. Even shop your local retailer and hand select some wines. Have everybody attending the tasting bring a bottle of wine from the list.

Some great Suggestions: Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne $44.99 Lockwood Chardonnay Monterey County Cal. $14.99 Cline Cool Climate Pinot Noir Sonoma County Cal. $17.99 Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cal. $24.99

3. Guests: Get your guests involved. Make cards with questions. Likes & Dislikes, What would you pair with, What would you pay and overall rating 1-10 are some good interactive questions.

4. Have Fun: Great food, friends & family and wine is a perfect recipe for Holiday fun. 

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