2013 Wine Resolutions – #12 – Share What You Love

by Monica Bennion on January 12, 2013

wine and friends#12 – SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE
The only thing better than enjoying wine is sharing wine with family and friends.  A wine tasting party is a creative way to gather family and friends together to learn about wine and to experiment with new or unusual varieties.  Whether you are pairing wines with cheese, doing a vertical or horizontal tasting, or setting up a blind tasting, the first tip to hosting a wine party is to keep it fun!  Here are a few other tips for hosting a great wine tasting party:

  • Choose the type of tasting you want to host. This could be based on price point, single varieties, new and/or unusual varieties, Old World vs. New World or the ever popular blind tasting.
  • Determine your guest list and send out invitations at least two weeks in advance.  Online invitations, such as those from evite.com, are fun and quite popular.
  • Prepare tasting or score cards for guests to keep notes.  Download our sample Tasting Sheet.
  • During the tasting, you will want to provide:
    • a glass for each person
    • dump buckets
    • bread or crackers for cleansing the palate
    • water pitchers for rinsing and palate cleansing
    • tasting cards, pens and additional paper

Most important, encourage honesty and humor.  Keep the party fun and enjoy sharing and learning about new wines.

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