When planning a party to commemorate a special occasion (like a birthday or anniversary), a fun idea that your guests will enjoy is a wine tasting party. Not only does a wine tasting party provide a lively activity for guests to partake it, it also gives them the opportunity to learn about different varietals, which makes the party more unique and interesting.
Featured in this Inspirations & Celebrations’ Entertaining Guide are tips on how to host a wine tasting party that will bring out the bubbly side of all your guests.
How To Host A Wine Tasting Party
To set the stage for your wine tasting party, start by sending out wine-themed invitations.
From party invites to decor and gifts, Zazzle offers a wide range of easily customizable wine tasting party invitations (like the sophisticated wine tasting party invitation below) that are both chic and affordable.
In addition, wine themed postage stamps are a unique way to catch your guests’ attention when they open their mailbox.
When hosting a wine tasting party, it’s best to keep foods bite-sized. Similar to a cocktail party, since your party guests will be expected to mix and mingle (rather than being seated for a dinner), make life easier for them by serving appetizers with disposable paper napkins.
Wine Tasting Party Food
During the wine tasting activity, it’s best to provide palette cleansers, such as unsalted crackers.
When the wine tasting is over, but the party is still in progress, offer guests an assortment of savory, spicy, and sweet food options. Elegant appetizers such as bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, smoked salmon on toast points, cured meats, goat cheese tartlets, and grilled vegetables make the ideal pairing with wines.
Wine Tasting Party Game
A fun and easy game to play at a wine tasting party is a blind tasting. This gives guests the opportunity to engage their senses by sipping a wine from different wine bottles (which are completely concealed, so the guests don’t know the varietal, vintage or producer), with the purpose of determining what type of wine they tasted.
Set-up a table with a number of wine bottles (including different varietals such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio). Each wine bottle should be totally covered (by wrapping tissue paper around each one, or covering with a brown paper bag). In front of each wine bottle, put a number on a piece of paper (ranging from 1-6).
Include a bucket on the table, so guests can pour extra wine out of their glass. In addition, a pitcher of water should be on the table as well, so that guests can clean out their wine glasses in between sips.
Before the game begins, provide each guest with a wine glass, a notepad, and a pen. The party guests should be asked to describe the wines by number, and asked to determine the varietal. On wine themed note pads, each guests would write down their answers, numbered 1-6. When everyone has finished writing their answers, go through each one to determine who guessed the most varietals correctly, and award them with a prize (like a bottle of wine in a wine bag).
For the guests that didn’t win the blind tasting game, they can still leave feeling like winners with wine themed party favors they can use at home, such as wine bottle stoppers.
By following these easy entertaining tips you can sip, savor, and swirl with your friends as they enjoy your wine tasting party. Cheers to a fabulous soirée!
[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Zazzle. While I was compensated to write about Zazzle products, all opinions are my own. Image Credits: Shutterstock and Zazzle.]