A bottle of red? A bottle of white? When choosing a bottle of wine that will please the most palates – be it for a dinner party or a host gift – it’s best to stick with the tried and true.

Mary Stewart of Ranch Acres Wine and Spirits in Tulsa says that when it comes to wine, it’s all about individual tastes. However, she says, chardonnays and pinot noirs generally please the most. Mid-priced wines, such as those from the McManis Family Vineyards, are popular options, with varietals ranging from pinot grigio to cabernet sauvignon. “Edna Valley, Kendall Jackson and Meridian are also nice to have,” she says.

“True rosés – not white zinfandels – are also popular and great for this time of the year, especially for those who are red wine drinkers,” she adds.

Stewart also says not to discount boxed wines for summertime entertaining. “They’re great to have at the lake during the summer because you don’t have to worry about glass,” she says.

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