One of the best ways to share your wine appreciation with friends while also being able to sample wines you’ve never tried before is by hosting your own party. Having an at-home wine tasting party takes a bit of planning, but it’s not difficult when you know how to go about it. Use the following tips while working out the details for your party.
Limit Your Guest List
Although it might seem like the more, the merrier when it comes to wine tasting, there are some great reasons to keep your guest list on the small side. Having a smaller number of guests helps create an atmosphere where lively conversations can take place without becoming overwhelming. Fewer guests also makes it easier for you to ensure that you have enough of each bottle of wine you plan on serving. Ideally, you should aim to invite a maximum of ten guests.
Throw a Themed Wine Tasting Party
Instead of having a selection of your favorite wines or several randomly chosen wines, decide on a theme for your party. This allows you to get creative with decorations and other aspects of your party. Some theme ideas to choose from include a California wine party, a European wine party or a French or Italian party if you’re interested in trying wines from a certain region. You could opt for a blind tasting wine party instead for a more adventurous event, or choose a certain style to focus on, such as dessert wines.
Prepare Your Party Supplies
Keep a list of all the supplies you’ll need for your party, and refer to this list while shopping for it. Assume that you’ll need one bottle of wine per person to make sure that everyone is able to sample each bottle. Keep in mind that you can always throw a party where you supply a bottle or two and have each guest bring a bottle. In addition to wine, you’ll also need bottled water, clear wine glasses, spit buckets and bread or crackers for your guests to cleanse their palates after sampling each bottle. You can also provide your guests with pens and paper if they want to take notes or write down their impressions of each wine.
Plan Your Menu
The items you include on your party menu should be chosen carefully to avoid affecting the wine tasting aspect of it. Certain ingredients in foods can enhance the flavor of certain wines, while other ingredients can create an unpleasant taste when paired with wine. You can have some fun experimenting with different foods and wines before your party to get a better idea of what to serve. Just make sure you let your guests know what kind of food you’ll be serving, such as finger foods or a full meal.
Keep these tips in mind, and your wine tasting party will end up being a big success. You and your guests will have an opportunity to expand your wine appreciation while enjoying each other’s company.
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