Food, wine, and friends…gather all three for a memorable evening! Need some wine tasting party ideas? We’ve got them! A wine tasting party is fun and educational for everyone — from wine buffs to wine bluffs. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you host a fabulous get together!
When making your invitations, simple is better. Try getting neutral color cardstock or stationery and imprinting it on your computer with a small graphic of grapes or wine.
Your might choose to put a quote at the top of your invitation, such as:
- “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” (Benjamin Franklin)
- “What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.” (William Sokolin)
- Under the quote, write, “Please join us for a Wine Tasting Party” and include all of your party information.
** On your invitation, ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine that fits your party’s theme — reds under $15.00, or Northwest Pinot Noirs, etc.)
Here are a few other wine tasting party invitations that we love, available from our friends at Tiny Prints:
Well Paired Invitations
Sip Slowly Invitations
Tasting Time Invitations
Wine Tasting Party Tips
Here are the basics you will need to gather for a great wine tasting party:
- Wine Glasses — Have a number of wine glasses on hand. It has been said that the taste of wine is influenced by the type of wine glass in which the wine is served, so have a variety depending on what kind of wine you are planning on tasting for the evening.
- Dump Containers — Use a dump bucket or bowl for this purpose. If you will be tasting a lot of wine, it is nice to have the option for guests to dump some out so they don’t drink too much too quickly.
- Water — Water glasses and a pitcher
- Pieces of Bread or Crackers — Plain, not flavored
- Wine tasting Evaluation Sheets
- WINE! How much and How Many Types? — Plan on 1 bottle of wine serving 6-8 guests for each wine tasted, and a tasting of 6-8 different types of wine. So if you have eight guests, you should have eight different bottles of wine. If you have more guests, plan accordingly.
How To Run A Wine Tasting
Have your guests sit at or gather around a table. For each guest you should have two wine goblets, one water bottle, one cup for water, one dump bucket or cup, crackers or cubes of bread, a pencil and score sheet, and napkins.
Serve white wine cool and red wine at room temperature. (We like to cover the bottles in foil or bags so people don’t know which they are tasting.)
If possible, serve the lighter wines first and then move on to more full-bodied wines.Start with your first bottle. Pour about 2 ounces in each glass and do a taste test.
- Note the color of the wine
- Viscosity: Swirl the glass and check out the viscosity of the wine. How much is left running down the sides of the glass?
- Aroma: What does the wine smell like? Is if fruity? Nutty? Etc.
- Taste: Take a small sip. Swirl the wine in your mouth. What does the wine taste like to you?
Write down your thoughts (you can be as serious or as funny as you like with your notes.) Cleanse your palette with water and bread and then…
Move on to the next wine.After all the wines are rated, compare your notes and discuss your findings!
Special Guests—You might consider inviting a local wine expert to come talk at your party. We are all for supporting local businesses and if they are bringing free samples for you to try, that’s even better!
Wine Tasting Party Decorations
Decorate your party area like a winery with Tuscan style influence using lots of purple, beige, gold, and green.
Create a centerpiece display by stacking layers of breads, crackers, cheeses, and grapes around wine bottles.
Add flowers in terra cotta pots to complement the color scheme.
Wine Tasting Party Ideas for Food
For a wine tasting party, think appetizers and finger foods. Here are a few easy suggestions:
- Marinated Olives
- Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato Skewers
Wine Tasting Party Ideas for Prizes or Favors
A fun idea for a wine party is to plan prizes for your guests. Explain your contest rules at the beginning of the party. For example, the winner might be the guest who brought the wine that scored the highest, or that correctly identified the most wines. The prizes can be anything, but to go with the theme, some ideas might include a corkscrew, a bottle of wine, wine charms, or other wine accessory.
Art Glass Wine Stoppers
Wine Cork Candles
Pewter Wine Charms
Hope you found some helpful tips on this page. Cheers!
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