Wine is always so much better when enjoyed with friends and loved ones. So if you’re looking to have a friendly get together, then why not switch it up a bit by hosting a wine tasting party? It’s a great opportunity to taste wines from around the world, have a little fun, and enjoy some great conversation.
Where am I going to host this wine tasting party?
Finding a location is the first step. You’ll want to find a location that can hold 10-20 people. You don’t want to invite anymore than 20 people because it may get a little hectic. The location should have plenty of counter space, a sink, and a fridge. Some possible ideas may include:
Where do I get the wine from?
You have a couple of different choices here. My suggestion would be purchase an in-home wine tasting voucher from Groupon or Living Social. I purchased mine from Groupon, and it was a great idea. My representative brought 10 different bottles of wine, called to ask what my favorites were, what kind of blend I wanted between red and white, and even made suggestions on planning. So this is definitely my preferred choice. The wine specialist is usually extremely knowledgeable about the wines and will offer pairing suggestions as well. At the end of the tasting your guests will have the opportunity to purchase the wines that they enjoyed the most.
If you consider yourself to be a wine connoisseur then, by all means, feel free to purchase the wines yourself, just as long as you feel confident enough to answer questions and enlighten your guests about the various wines that they’ll be tasting. My suggestion would be to do an even blend between red and white, as well as dry, smooth, and sweet. You want your guests to taste a variety of flavors and styles to really wow them. Google local wine specialty shops in your area to purchase your wines. Or go to your local wine and spirit depot, such as Binny’s.
Should I serve food?
No need for an elaborate dinner. But you definitely want to provide finger foods and small bites so that your guests don’t become hangry…or too avoid too much drinking on an empty stomach. Steer clear of spicy foods, as your guests wouldn’t be able to actually taste the wine. I’d suggest going with:
Cheese and meat platter with an assortment of crackers
Fruit tray with plenty of strawberries
Shrimp scampi or ceviche
Almonds or toasted walnuts
What other beverages should I have?
Make sure you have plenty of water on deck. You might also want have a few cases of beer or other cocktails available in case your guests want something else, or for after the wine runs out and they want to keep the party going.