2. Blind tasting
Makes it even more interesting, simply wrap the bottles in foil, or serve from brown bags, disguising their identity, and mark them with numbers.
This is a fun way to keep the conversation going and to really taste wines objectively. If you have a trusted wine shop nearby with well- educated staff, you could even have them select the wines for you, so even you are in on the blind.
3. Keep the party intimate & purchase accordingly
Limit the guest count to eight or 10 guests. A small, intimate group encourages conversation, once you exceed this guest count, you'll have to consider having duplicates of each wine in order for everyone to obtain a sip.
4. Set the Table
Tablecloth – If you use a table cloth, white works best because it’s easier to see the colour of the wine.
Glassware – Have one or two glasses available per person.
Palate cleansers - Set out plenty of water crackers or a loaf of bread for palate cleansers.
Buckets - Allow your guests the opportunity to get rid of unwanted wine because some guests don’t want to get too tipsy.
Water - Be sure you have water handy to clean glasses
Score cards - Provide pens and paper for taking wine notes or you can find purchase them or simply
go online and search for free scorecards that you can print and have available for everyone to use.
5. Serve the right food
Do a little research on food pairings to decide what you will have available and make sure that guests know what kind of food will be served, so they don't arrive with an empty stomach, when you're only serving light hors d'oeuvres.
Determine your guest list and send invitations at least two or three weeks in advance. Request that your invitees RSVP by a specific date and adhere to that date. It will make the rest of your planning a lot easier if you know how many people will be attending your party. But don’t rush off and blindly start sending invitations. You will want to include important details of the tasting so your guests know what to expect and what they need to bring with them.
7. Serve the wine correctly
Regardless of the type sort of parties you're hosting, the wine should be served at the right temperatures. It may be wise to invest in a wine fridge because wine needs to be very delicately handled and they keeps your favourite wine perfectly chilled and they looks great too!
8. The next wine tasting?
Before the tasting is over, be sure to decide who is going to host the next tasting! You could host again or you could all take turns, either way, you are sure to have a memorable and educational experience.
Published: 27 Sep 2016