hosting a wine tasting party. or, yes, you have some classy friends.

Tonight our crew meets to try out wine! Maybe you are interested in having your own wine tasting! How exciting! This is a great way to get together with friends and to learn a bit about wine at the same time. Here are some tips that I have figured out along the way;

• When it comes to guests – less is more. 10 seems to be the maximum number that allows lots of discussion and enough types of wine without becoming more about the friends than the wines. Six people would work perfectly!

• Pick a theme. Type of wine, a specific brand or winery, a region, a price range or whatever works for you. That way you have something to compare to and the wines have a common thread.

• Assign wines. This can be by assigning a specific grape (you bring a merlot, you bring a pinot noir) or by area (red from Vancouver Island, white from Ontario) or I have even gotten as specific as picking the exact bottles each guest needs to purchase. We have a new theme each time and have tried probably over 100 different types by now.

• Food is your friend. Self explanatory.

• Whites first and reds next. Ports and desert wines last. The lighter the wine the early in the evening you should have it. Some of those heavy reds can stay with you for a long while and would throw off the taste of the next wine.

• Provide something guests can pour wine into if they don’t like it. Serve water and if you can have enough glasses to provide clean ones part way through. We always use separate glasses for red and white. If that is not possible rinse them between wines.

• Keep it interactive by having each guest read the label of the bottle they brought after you have tasted it.

• Sometimes I set a price cap when I host. This keeps it affordable for everyone and I see no point in trying a wine I can never afford to have again.

• It goes without saying that each guest should have a safe way home after the event.

I would love to hear how it goes! Please drop me a line and let me know how it went. I would love to have your questions and comments as well.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jocellyn
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 15:32:49

    I love the idea about a price cap. It makes perfect sense! I’m thinking of purchasing a crate of Our Daily Red, a nice, cheap organic table red. It only costs $9 at the store, but it’s something I like and sometime I can afford.

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  2. The Wandering Gourmand
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 19:45:10

    This is an awesome idea.

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