In this section, you'll find some great wine tasting party ideas, tips on how to throw a tasting party and ideas for your invitations. I've thrown a number of these and have some great ideas to help you get started.
The first thing you'll want to think about before you throw the party is how you'll select or organize the wines for the party. I like to think about it as the theme.
Sampling four wines from Chile
Here are some wine tasting party ideas organized by different themes:
I also have a few wine tasting party ideas around setting your budget. This will set the stage for the types of wines you'll select and also the number of people you'll want to invite.
I'd recommend having around 4 to 5 different wines for your guests to taste. For each different one, you'll want to have at least one bottle for every 6 or 7 guests. Remember, it's a tasting, not a drinking party so you can cover more guests with one bottle.
This gives you enough for each person to have a good sized tasting for each of the different wines. It also leaves a little left over for those that really enjoy it and want to taste a little more.
If you select one of wine tasting party ideas that is not oriented around a price point, then I'd recommend having a variety of different price points for your wines. It's always interesting to see how your guests like the cheaper wines compared to those that are more expensive.
Another one of my wine tasting ideas is to have fewer bottles of the most expensive wines. I pour a little less for each guest in order to make sure there is enough to go around. This will help with your overall budget.
Another one of the wine tasting party ideas I like to use is to taste the wines blind. I'd recommend this only for the parties with a smaller number of people. It is a little harder when you have more than 10 to 12 people at your party to set it up as a blind tasting.
However, the great thing about making it a blind tasting is that it evens out the playing field for the wines. Guests won't know which ones are the cheaper ones and which are more expensive, so they will enjoy the wine based on the taste and not the price tag!
Here are some of my wine tasting party ideas to help you set up a blind tasting:
Another one of my wine tasting ideas is to keep them uncovered. You can then ask each guest to rate each one on a public sheet as they try it. To set this up:
Both of these organization structures will get your guests talking about the wines. They will share their thoughts and mingle quite a bit as they taste the wine.
Enhance your party with these great wine tasting party kits. Choose from the selection of pre-printed rating sheets and charms. If you are hosting a blind tasting, some of these also include the bags to cover the wines. All of these are a fun addition to your party -- all you have to do is add the wine!
If it's in your budget, you'll want to think about some food for the party. No matter which theme you select, you'll want to make sure you have some food that allows your guests to clear their palette between tastes such as plain bread or crackers.
One of the reasons I really like to throw wine parties based on type of wine is that it's much easier to find food that pairs with that type of red wine. You can also ensure you don't have anything that clashes with the wine which might make it taste completely different than it really tastes.
Check out these types of red wines pages to get some wine tasting ideas on food pairings for your party:
Another one of the wine tasting party ideas is to have a fun wine tasting party invitation. Have your invitations center around your wine tasting them. You can also ask your guests to participate by having them bring something (either wine or food). Here are some fun wine tasting party invitations.
If you are on a tight budget, then I'd recommend going with an electronic invitation through Evite or even Facebook. This will allow you to spend more of your budget on the party. It also allows you to send follow up reminders and quickly see who is bringing what to the party.
Overall, there are a number of fun wine tasting party ideas to try. As you try different themes, you'll find out which one works the best for your friends and you. Have fun with the party since the overall goal is to try some new wines that you might enjoy drinking again in the future.
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