How to Plan a Fun Wine Tasting Party

How to Plan a Fun Wine Tasting Party

One of the hardest things about enjoying wine is the time it takes to explore all of the different kinds that are available. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to sampling different wines while you enjoy good company at the same time! Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to discover new wine varieties that you’ve never tried before.

Learn how to host a wine tasting party in your home and wow your family and friends with these wine tasting party ideas.

Wine Tasting Party Ideas

Preparing a home wine tasting party is the perfect way to taste new wines in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Most wine tasting parties tend to be low-key gatherings complete with foods that complement the wines you’re serving.

A calm sit-down experience typically accommodates between six and 10 guests. This comfortable number allows for easier conversation with everyone in attendance. Once you’ve figured out the guest list, it’s time to start planning the party details. Discover ways to make your wine tasting party stand out from all the rest with these helpful tips and tricks.

Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme for your party will help narrow down the kinds of wines that work best for your tasting. A theme helps provide some direction and it’ll also add another layer of fun. You can go all out with some themed decorations to create a particular atmosphere if you so desire. Check out these wine tasting themes to help get you started or come up with your own.

Different Wines From Various Geographical Locations

Use this theme to explore how different regions around the world contribute their own unique tastes. Compare different wines from various regions, such as Italy and South Africa, to see how they differ from one another.

One Wine From Two Regions

This tasting theme can be a lot of fun if you want to discover how different parts of the world create their versions of the same wine. Bottles of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand will certainly not taste the same as those from France.

Blind Tastings of Different Prices

For a little guessing game fun, purchase wines at different price points and have a blind tasting. Select wines that have an everyday value of under $20 along with some varieties that regularly value over $50. Cover the labels to hide the identity of each bottle. Have everyone taste the wines and rate them from low to high based on preference only. 

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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

There’s a certain degree of preparation that you’ll need to do in order to host a successful wine tasting party. Learn more about how to host a wine tasting party that everyone will remember.

Decide Who Brings the Wine

One of the most important parts of your planning is deciding how the wine will make it to the wine tasting! Some hosts like to provide all of the wine on their own. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t request that guests bring a bottle or two for a more diverse selection. If you decide to take the pot-luck style route, determine a price range and how many bottles each participant should bring.

You can always request help from your local wine shop if you’d like further assistance. In most cases, you’ll need one bottle for every 12 people to serve 2-ounce pours.

Select the Right Music

Music can play a key role in creating the environment you want for your wine tasting party. If you decide to host a tasting of wine from different countries, selecting a playlist from those regions can elevate the atmosphere. Be sure to keep the volume at an adequate level that guests can hear without the music interfering with conversations. 

Wine Party Checklist

You should make sure your wine tasting party is ready with all the items you’ll need for a great experience. Here’s a list of a few wine party essentials you’ll want to keep on hand:

  • Corkscrew or bottle opener
  • Bottles of water
  • Decanter
  • Bags to cover original wine bottles
  • Funnel
  • Wine Pourers
  • Glass charms or markers 
  • Dumping bucket
  • Tasting sheets
  • Enough pencils or pens for everyone
  • Chiller bags for white wines
  • Some fun and interesting facts about wine

Don’t Forget the Snacks

Snacks are another essential wine tasting party component that you shouldn’t forget. A strategically laid-out charcuterie board filled with delicious gourmet cheeses, cured meats, fruits, vegetable sticks and nuts will help enhance the entire wine-tasting experience. 

However, keep in mind that many types of cheese impact how certain wines taste. If you want to get the fullest flavor of each wine, it’s best to start out with some plain crackers, slices of baguette, and bottles of water to reduce any potential flavor interference. 

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Taste the Wines in the Correct Order

When it comes to wine tasting, you should consider the order in which the wines are sampled. It’s generally recommended that you work your way from dry to sweet white wines before you move on to the light-bodied then full-bodied red wines. 

Be sure to allow yourself and your guests enough time with each wine to fully assess its taste and properties. One good rule of thumb is to spend at least five minutes with each wine to consider its components.

Discuss the Wines

Take some time to discuss your thoughts about each wine tasted during the party. Think about the appearance, taste and smell of each one. What kind of floral notes, spices, or fruits do you notice? Enjoy talking about your favorites with your guests — after all, that’s why you’re here!

Group IV Therapy for Home Wine Tasting Party

When you’re sampling various alcohols, you often experience symptoms of a hangover the next day. If you’re planning to have a wine tasting party, consider scheduling group IV therapy in advance to help with the recovery. IV customization from Mobile IV Medics allows each wine tasting party guest to select the IV drip option that works best for them. Whether the goal is to combat fatigue, nausea, migraines or dehydration, we’ll create the perfect IV for you and your guests to feel your best. 

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At Mobile IV Medics, we provide group IV therapy solutions that are easy, convenient and beneficial. We offer discounts and packaged specials for groups, making it an affordable way to get the most out of your wine tasting party from start to finish — and the day after. Book an appointment today to secure our professional services for your next wine tasting party.

About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.