THE ART OF ENTERTAINING
Whether you’re hosting or attending, these thoughtful tips and suggestions will help you decide what to serve or bring— to ensure you are a gracious host or guest.
Of course, it’s possible to buy special glassware for every kind of wine and alcoholic drink, but you can get away with much less. Champagne flutes are best for bubbly but you can also serve it in a versatile glass such as Riedel’s Zinfandel/Riesling glass, which is fine for all whites, light reds and sparkling wines (from $15 per glass at major retailers). Big red wines need a slightly larger glass such as the Riedel Overture Magnum ($14.95 per glass at riedel.com).
Dessert wines and liqueurs also need their own small tulip-shaped glasses. When buying a large quantity of partyfriendly glasses, keep the sturdy storage box they came in, to spare your cupboard space.
Hand-wash crystal in warm water and mild soap, rinsing very thoroughly. Dry with a linen or microfibre cloth. Dishwasher-safe glasses get a warm-water cycle on their own (no dirty dishes), with no rinse aid and a little fragrance-free soap or white vinegar. Open the door for humidity-free drying; if needed, handpolish with a linen or microfibre cloth.