I will be hosting a wine tasting party in the near future for a group of people very new to wine. Sure, all of us are familiar with "wine" and some of us are more advanced than others, but none of us are "accomplished."
My thought was that the least intimidating start (I would *love* to make it a regular event) would be through French whites. Something to represent several varietals...perhaps a Chablis, Sancerre, Alsace Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Condrieu Viognier, Pinot Gris...and maybe a Vouvray for Chenin Blanc? I'd love to throw in a Champagne, but that already sounds like a lot of wine...:).
So - am I missing anything crucial? Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc...I'm leaving out Melon and Pinot Blanc, I know. Semillon as well... I'm aiming for wines with distinct character - key notes, colour, mouthfeel... Thoughts?
Also, what amount of wine would be appropriate? The idea is to do a blind tasting, chat a bit, then put out finger foods and have a few glasses of our favorites. I don't mind refrigerating leftovers, but I don't want to encourage alcohol-poisoning...
Thanks so much in advance!