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The new boyfriend is very cute, knows all of the periodic chart elements by heart, makes the bomb protein smoothie, and kisses with a dangerous passion.

The new boyfriend has finally set up a get-together –slated for next week — for you and a few of his high-brow best friends from his alma mater. The main course to be served is salmon, the hostess relays via email reply when you query if you can bring a bottle of wine.

While you are shopping for your wine, you should know if a white or blush is most appropriate, and if red is totally out of the question. Is a domestic sufficient, and how important is the age of the wine or location of the vineyard considering the formality of the setting?

Wine is a major part of business, of relationship building. Before the celebratory dinner with the partners at fiscal year’s end or the lunch where you close the newest multimillion dollar client, a strong command of wines is needed.

Clutch has some basic information to get you started.

There are five major types of wines:  reds, whites, blushes, sparklings, and dessert wines.

Terms you’ll need to know in association with them are:

Aroma:  tells you how fruity a wine is.

Bouquet:  the compounded scent of older varieties.

Body:  indicates a lightness, fullness, or medium quality.

Finish:  the lasting impression a wine has.

Oaky:  describes the oak barrel aging.

Whites wines can be light-bodied and sweet. This means they contain lots of fruit. They can be perfect for the summertime’s casual outdoor dining. These wines also go well with a mild cheeseboard, Thai, and most other Asian cuisine, fruits, desserts, and a select group of red meats.

Whites are also light-bodied and fruity, which means they are crisp but delicate and there are no oak accents. Try very simple seafood and veggie plates with these selections.

For medium-bodied whites or very smooth, mild, and fruity choices, you can enjoy lamb, light pasta, and poultry. This actually is one of the most flexible of this white wine type. Full-bodied whites offer the most flexibility, however. They are rich with oak accents, and from dips and appetizers, heavy pasta and shellfish, you’ll be covered with full-bodied whites.

Sparkling wines are light and crisp and go well with appetizers and desserts.

Blushes are light-bodied and sweet, so they’ve got lots and lots of fruit. These are the best picks for casual summer socials and appetizers out with friends.

Reds, such as light-bodied varieties, are sweet, fruit-filled wines. The light-bodied and fruity reds are crisp and contain florals, but no oak accents.

Medium-bodied reds go really well with pizza. There’s a fruit undercurrent with these and they are ever-so smooth and mild.

Red meats like T-bone steaks and beef fajitas are complemented by full-bodied or dry and strong wines.

You can pair select dessert wines with sweet, full-bodied dessert reds. Ports can also go very well with desserts.

Now that you are in the know, when you arrive at the big dinner with new boyfriend, you should have a nice white wine with you. As long as it’s medium or full-bodied, you’ll be fine. High-brow friends will be very impressed, while new boyfriend is even more enamored with your seemingly infinite cool.

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  • dnice

    Good overview but it could have included more information. You left off sparkling wine. Also why did his friends have to classified as “high brow”? Everyday folks drink wine.

  • The Comment

    and know that it is ok to mix wines…or blend them to your particular taste. Yes you can.

  • can we just talk about the sexual innuendo in that picture though? lol

    • Ravi

      lol, didn’t notice that til you said something.

    • P

      That was the first thing I noticed. LOL!

  • Great tips