Wine Tasting Party

Gather your supplies. There are a number of supplies you’ll need to host a wine-tasting party in addition to the wine glasses. Here are some to get you started: Obviously, the wine. Pick your wines based on the theme you’ll be going for. In general, it’s good to have wines in different price ranges, from pretty cheap to more expensive, if you can afford it. Make sure that you have enough wine for your guests — a bottle of wine can pour 5 regular glasses of wine, or enough for 6-10 people to taste the wine. Back-up corkscrews in case yours break. A wine opener. A spittoon. This can either come in the form of a large bowl in the center of the table or as small paper cups for each guest. An ice bucket for chilling white wine. This will keep you from running to the fridge. A white tablecloth or white napkins. This will help your guests see the color profiles of the wines. A tasting grid. This can help your guests identify the flavors of the wine and jot down their impressions. You can find some great ones online. An aerator or decanter for the wine. This can help bring out the flavors in a red wine. Bread or crackers to taste in between wines. Cups of ice water for your guests as well as a pitcher of water for the table.wine tasting party 1Let’s Taste! We’ll turn your home into a tasting room, bringing the wine lifestyle to you. You and up to 16 guests can learn about and buy our exclusive artisan wines with our unique, taste-before-you-buy wine experience. Invite your friends, lay out a few simple apps and enjoy pouring up the fun! Your Independent Wine Consultant will be your guide, providing wine education and tips throughout your Wine Tasting. 1 Book a Tasting with your Wine Consultant 2 Invite up to 16 wine-loving friends 3 Provide simple appetizers & glasses 4 Pour, swirl, sip & enjoy the Tasting!wine tasting party 2For advice on hosting an at-home wine tasting we spoke to Dina Cheney, a professional tasting host and author of Tasting Club. Cheney explains that compared to a cocktail or dinner party, a tasting requires significantly less planning, prep, shopping, or cleanup, leaving you more time to enjoy your friends—and the wine. Plus, with so many bargain bottles on the market, a wine tasting can be surprisingly wallet-friendly.wine tasting party 3The goal of a wine tasting party is not just to discover new wines you like, but also to start a conversation about wine. To get people talking, pass out a wine tasting chart or glossary of tasting terms to help people describe the characteristics they are smelling and tasting. See the 4 steps to evaluating wine here. You can also create or print out scorecards for ranking the wines, so they remember their favorites.wine tasting party 4Cheney's at-home wine-tasting plan covers everything: scheduling the event, choosing a theme, shopping for bottles, and leading the tasting. She also shares her expertise on finding a good local wine merchant, choosing recipes (if you opt to serve food), and setting up your party space. And, if you really enjoy hosting tastings, consider forming a wine-tasting club or experimenting with different kinds of tastings—chocolate, cheese, honey, beer, and tea are perfect for tasting parties.wine tasting party 5Free, fabulous and fun Host a free wine tasting todaySo you like wine and having fun, right? Great! We’ll get along just fine. With a Traveling Vineyard wine tasting event you get to taste wine in the comfort of your home for free. The great thing about our tasting events is they aren’t stuffy or pretentious. It’s just you and your friends gathered with someone who likes wine as much as you.wine tasting party 6Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do something fun, classy, and different with your friends. If the same light beers and bowl of sad pita chips and hummus is getting old, then you should mix things up by hosting a wine tasting party in the comfort of your home. All you need is some supplies, a bit of knowledge, and the willingness to try something new. If you want to know how to host a wine tasting party that’s an even bigger hit than a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, then follow these steps.wine tasting party 7Don’t get wine-wasted. If you want to host a classy wine tasting party, then you’ll need to provide your guests with an air of calm, competence, and comfort. If you’re tripping all over yourself or not making any sense, then the guests won’t take the party seriously and may stop paying attention to you. Instead, spit out more wine than you drink and wait until after the wine tasting is over to really go for the wine, if that’s your game plan.wine tasting party 8Figure out the food situation. You shouldn’t be eating during the wine tasting, other than the bread or crackers that will be needed to cleanse your palate. So, you should decide whether you want to give your guests a light meal before the tasting, serve dinner after the tasting, or serve appetizers or dessert after the tasting. Ideally, some sort of food should be provided so your guests don’t get wine drunk without anything to absorb the alcohol. You can tell your guests what the situation is when you invite them, so they know if they should come with a full stomach, or if they should prepare to eat.wine tasting party 9We’ll turn your home into a tasting room, bringing the wine lifestyle to you. You and up to 16 guests can learn about and buy our exclusive artisan wines with our unique, taste-before-you-buy wine experience. Invite your friends, lay out a few simple apps and enjoy pouring up the fun! Your Independent Wine Consultant will be your guide, providing wine education and tips throughout your Wine Tasting.wine tasting party 10Let’s Taste! We’ll turn your home into a tasting room, bringing the wine lifestyle to you. You and up to 16 guests can learn about and buy our exclusive artisan wines with our unique, taste-before-you-buy wine experience. Invite your friends, lay out a few simple apps and enjoy pouring up the fun! Your Independent Wine Consultant will be your guide, providing wine education and tips throughout your Wine Tasting.wine tasting party 11Start tasting the wine. The order does matter when it comes to tasting wines. You should start from the lightest wine to the darkest, so work your way from a light white to a dark, flavorful red wine. If you have dessert wine on the menu, you should taste it last, even if it’s a lighter color than some of the red wines. Wines that are similar, like the same varietal of wine for 2011 and 2012, should be tasted one after the other.wine tasting party 12Select the Wine Tasting Sampler that speaks to you and your tastes, the Sampler you think you & your guests will love to experience. With 5 distinct options to choose from, have fun trying them all by Hosting multiple Wine Tastings! Your Wine Tasting Sampler includes 5 bottles of artisan wine for $29.95 (plus tax & shipping) and your Host Thank You Bottle.*wine tasting party 13Select Your Sampler Select the Wine Tasting Sampler that speaks to you and your tastes, the Sampler you think you & your guests will love to experience. With 5 distinct options to choose from, have fun trying them all by Hosting multiple Wine Tastings! Your Wine Tasting Sampler includes 5 bottles of artisan wine for $29.95 (plus tax & shipping) and your Host Thank You Bottle.*wine tasting party 14Consider adding a game toward the end. If you want to kick your wine tasting party up a notch, play a fun game where you put the wine bottles in brown paper bags and pour the wine for your guests without telling them which wine it is. The winner could get a prize, or just the satisfaction of knowing that he is an expert wine taster.wine tasting party 15Request a Tasting Ready to have fun and taste wine with your friends? Fill out this form to request a Tasting with your WineShop At Home Wine Consultant. Don’t have a Consultant yet? We’ll put you in touch with a dedicated Consultant in your area. Thanks for becoming a WineShop At Home Host!  Know a Wine Consultant already? Make sure you’re on their website before filling out this form. If you don’t spot your Consultant’s name or photo at the top of the page, please click here to navigate to their site. If you do see their name and photo, please continue!wine tasting party 16W hile you might think of wine tastings as things that take place at four-star restaurants and fancy wine shops, there are many compelling reasons to host a tasting in the comfort of your own home. With just a little planning and shopping, a wine tasting can be fun, easy, and affordable.wine tasting party 17Master wine tasting techniques. It doesn’t take much to taste wine and look like an expert. Just tell your guests what they’re going to drink, have them hold the glass and swirl it around for a few seconds to let the wine “breathe,” and then make them smell the wine to get a better sense of the flavor. After that, your guests should take a small sip of the wine, swirl it around their mouths for several seconds, and then either swallow it or spit it out.

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