It can be hard to determine just how much wine you need for a dinner party, especially when you don’t know how much each person will drink. But here is what you can do to try and decide how much wine you need to buy.
A rule of thumb is you will need one bottle of wine for every two people, then a couple bottles extra, especially if you know whether most of your guests favor either red wine or white wine. It is far better to have a couple bottles left over rather than run out during the evening.
If one of your guests brings you a bottle of wine for a gift, don’t serve it, or at least not until you happen to run out of the wine you purchased for the event. This way you aren’t mixing wine types, especially if one guest perfers it over what you had planned to serve. But by all means, if you run out, serve away!