Hosting get-togethers at home can get a little same-same if you don’t switch things up a bit. Board games, movies, and book clubs? Been there-and-done-that. If you’re looking for a fun and sophisticated activity to share with your guests, it’s time to host an at-home (or virtual) wine-tasting event! 🏠 🍷
Next time you feel like inviting your friends around for some casual beers or cocktails or logging on for another Zoom hang, why not switch things up with a classy but entertaining evening celebrating one of humanity’s best (and oldest) inventions: wine?
Delicious and varied, a wine and cheese party is a great way to try out lots of different flavors and food pairings without breaking the bank. Take yourself and your friends to cloud wine with these simple steps to curating an elevated wine tasting event from your very own home.
Naturally, one of the most important components of a wine tasting party is the wine itself. You want to serve a broad-enough variety of wines so you get the whole tasting experience, full of old-world wines, acidic wines, and everything in between!
In a hospitality setting, sommeliers will curate a menu of wines that typically range from lighter wines and fruity flavors to rich and intense, ending with a sweet finish. So how much wine do you need? That all depends on how many guests you're expecting if you're hosting an in-person event. If you can organize at least one wine from each of the following six categories, your wine tasting menu will be well-rounded and full-bodied.
In order to try a broad variety, get wines from different years, fermentation processes, and regions. To make the evening more affordable, ask each of your guests to pick up one bottle from the wine store to share. Just make sure no one brings the same wine! If you're hosting a virtual wine tasting with friends, consider a hosted experience where you can try all the wines handpicked for you.
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Home wine tasting parties are generally on the more sophisticated end of the party spectrum, so don’t be afraid to go all out and create an atmosphere that feels truly cultured. Set out a lavish table complete with beautiful wine glasses, hors d'oeuvres, and soft mood lighting.
Candles and fairy lights create a cozy, intimate atmosphere that will certainly enhance the mood of your tasting experience. Play some smooth jazz or similar background music to add extra ambiance.
How to get started 👉 Before your guests arrive, invite them to contribute their favorite background music on a collaborative Spotify playlist. Encourage everyone to add some music from the same region as the wine they're bringing for an even more enriching experience!
One of the many great things about wine tasting is the food pairing potential. And for those who don’t like drinking too much, the option to snack on some delectable items will be a welcomed party favor. When it comes to wine and food pairings, here are some ideas to get you started:
With this guide, you can compile a menu for each phase of your wine tasting events. Your guests will love the diversity of flavors and textures with every sip. Make sure to put out plain crackers to accompany your charcuterie board or other food to act as palate cleansers in between different wines.
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Games are the perfect wine tasting party ideas! You can play wine-centered games while sipping your drinks to keep everyone’s mood buoyant and warm. Try these ideas on for size:
Wine is the kind of beverage that gets everyone feeling merry. But with engaging and creative games, you’ll enhance the party's atmosphere even further and ensure everyone feels wine and dandy.
How to get started 👉 Decide on what games are best for your guests and format, then pick out a bottle of wine for your winners! Feeling generous? Make sure your guests all go home with a wine glass or wine gift bag as a souvenir!
A great wine tasting isn’t like a regular drinking party. It’s largely about social connection, trying different wines and flavor profiles, and engaging with some of the best people you know. Keep things intimate and cozy by inviting a group of 10 or fewer, ensuring everyone feels comfortable and welcome.
Bust out the good glasses and the mood lighting and let the evening unwind in the most luxurious and entertaining of ways. There’s nothing better than indulging in some delicious, aromatic booze with your favorite partners in wine!
How to get started 👉 Once you've created your guest list, hop onto Canva to design some free, personalized invitations!
Home wine tastings are an excellent way to bond with friends (or colleagues) over different cultures and quality food and drink. Unless you’ve got a lot of money to burn, they’re often a lot more affordable than going to a restaurant for a professional tasting experience.