1. Which wine best accompanies different types of catering?
This depends on the type of the event, the culinary theme, guest structure, the duration of the event, time of day and, of course, budget. We would recommend sticking with wines that will satisfy the majority of attendees. Therefore, from our experience we would not offer heavy, orange and fortified wines as the only choice, but as an additional offer.
For example: at a lunch served at the congress we would offer low alcoholic, fruity, drinkable wines (in lower amounts), since we would like to ensure the attendees remain concentrated until the end of the working day. For dinner, we can then easily offer some of the more heavy and fuller wines.
2. Which wines are best for State receptions?
Normally at a State reception the host country would want to represent itself with the best of their own wine culture, so whether it is France, Spain, Italy or Hungary it will be their finest offerings.
3. What would be the Union Hotels recommendation for hosting an event there?
Start with an aperitif – a sparkling wine or some other kind of light, fruity, fresh or dry aperitif. As we are progressively offering wines from all around Slovenia, we would offer some white wine from the Štajerska region, a rosé from the Vipava valley, a red wine from Slovenian Istria or the coast and, to round things off, a nice sweet wine from the Posavje region.
- What are the best marriages of wine & food?
It is always hard to find the perfect match and it is not as simple as it may sound. It is essential to know a wine’s characteristics, such as the year it was produced, as well as the dishes to be prepared – will it be spicy, which spices are to be used and so on. For that reason, the key to success in matching is the cooperation between the chef and the sommelier, but the basic principle is to harmonise the intensity of flavours in the food with the specifics of the wine.
5. How many different wines should be offered at an event that takes place over the whole day, and in what order should they come?
Start with a sparkling dry wine before moving on to light fruit white wines, rosé wines and lighter red wines. In the evening we would offer mature sparkling wine or champagne, and then fuller, mature and barriqued wines, predicated at the end. It is recommended to stick to the rule of offering a sparkling wine and a maximum of 2–3 different types of wine.