Throw a Wine Tasting Party!
September 18, 2012
I love a great themed get together, whether it’s a costume, murder mystery, or decade themed party. Another great theme party for grown ups is throwing a blind wine tasting party at your place complete with great vino and good eats!
The fun of a blind tasting is the mystery of what’s in the bottle – you can choose different wines and make people try to figure out the varietal (Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) or you can tell them the varietal and have them rank the wine with points and compare everyone’s notes at the end. You can supply the wine or have everyone bring a favorite bottle.
I bought a single varietal, Pinot Noirs, and three I found at my local grocery store. It’s fun to throw in a really fancy or really cheap one too just to see how people respond to it!
How do you find a great bottle of wine to serve? If you have a smartphone, there’s a free app that guarantees you get good wine – Matt is one of the developers of this easy to use app – it’s called Wine Finder and it helps you find the best wine at the supermarket! I used it at my local Safeway supermarket to find several bottles of Pinot Noir.
Simply pick your store, your price range, the type of wine, and hit “Search”. A list pops up of all the good ones and gives you details about the wine, so you can grab and go and know you’re getting a great bottle.
For a blind tasting, you need bottle covers to hide the identity of the wine. You can use wine bags in paper or fabric form, I came up with these stenciled bottle covers made from woven placemats!
To recreate, you’ll need some woven material, a runner or placemats will work. I found these at World Market and the stencils are Martha Stewart from Michaels. I cut the woven placemats in half lengthwise and then stenciled the front with craft paint.
Tie up the back with jute twine for a festive textured wine bottle cover!
At your party, supply a wine glass for everyone and small bites to eat while your guests are sampling and tasting. Wine glass charms are also fun and easy to make.
A wine bottle holds 25 ounces and a tasting pour is 2 ounces so one bottle will allow for sampling for 12. You can use simple score cards and challenge everyone to score the wines in good fun. Reveal the identity of the label after everyone has scored their favorite.
Download a page of four cards here.
Throwing a wine tasting party is so much fun, and easy too! Round up some bottle covers, some great wine, a few things to eat, and a group of friends, and you’re guaranteed a great time!
Linking up to the tablescape party over at The Lettered Cottage today!