Hosting a wine tasting party is a wonderful way to celebrate any occasion, from Christmastime to an impending wedding, a milestone birthday or just because. As an option it's easy, interactive and can be as affordable or expensive as you choose.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to ensure a memorable wine tasting party:
Go Blind - Make it a blind wine tasting party for added fun! Cover your bottle labels with numbers so that guests don't know the winery, type or vintage. Then have them rate each wine on score cards. Be sure to include an inexpensive wine and a high quality vintage in the mix, then see if the aficionados in the group can tell the difference!
Go Global - Feature wines from different parts of the world and tailor your finger foods, decor and music to reflect the theme.
Pair Well - Do your homework when it comes to pairing wine and food. Feature tastes that enhance the different wines and position the dishes so that they are in close proximity to the wines that they work best with.
Consider the occasion - Think about what you're celebrating and work the theme into your wine tasting party. Hosting a wedding shower? Why not make it a sparkling wine tasting. Celebrating Christmas? Perhaps try adding some ice wines into the mix. You can tailor the entire event, or simply add a particular type of wine into the mix
Do your guests a favor - Nothing ends a party like a fabulous favor. Now the key word here is fabulous.Go with something useful or edible. For a wine tasting, why not send your guests home with wonderful little pots of artisan-crafted wine jellies, a charming tin filled with cookies, a wine tasting notebook?
No matter what you do, the best way to host a memorable wine tasting is to simply relax, invite your favorite people and enjoy the spirit of celebration!