If you love going to wine tastings, you have probably thought, “Hey, I could do this at home!” Having a wine tasting party is a lot of fun. Your guests will learn something, and they get some good wine, food, and conversation. Here are ten tips about what you can do to throw your own wine tasting party.
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10. Choose a Theme
Before you begin planning the party, you may want to choose a theme. This will help you decide which wine to buy, as well. For example, if you choose “Italy”, you can go for Italian wines, and decorate your home accordingly. Of course, this is not necessary. Your theme could be as simple as “my favorite wines”.
9. Brush Up On Your Wine Knowledge
There is so much to know about wine, that people actually go to school to earn a degree in order to become a sommelier. No one expect you to be an expert before having a party, though. Heck- no one complains about free wine! If you want to know more about wine, check out “Wine Basics” from a channel called MyWineSmarts, and other free videos on YouTube.
8. Consider Featuring Local Wines
If you have not chosen a theme for your party yet, consider featuring wines that are available in your local area. Or, at least have some of their wines on the side. This helps support local businesses. It will also become a gateway to suggest a trip with your friends. After all, if they enjoyed sampling a local vineyard, they just might say “yes” to a trip to visit it in person, so that they can try even more of those local wines.
7. Prepare a Cheese Plate
Certain wines pair really well with cheese. If you don’t know where to start, check out the in-depth guide over at Vinepair. Remember to purchase a cheese board before the party that will look the best with your decor.
6. Pair With Chocolate and Other Foods
Cheese isn’t the only thing that goes well with wine. In fact, you may want to make an entire meal just to match a featured wine. However, if you are just going for snacks, a great thing to pair for dessert is fine chocolate. Check out the in-depth guide on WineFolly of which chocolates will match best with wine.