How To Host The Perfect Wine Tasting Party At Home
There are rumors that you will be hosting a wine tasting party. First of all, that is a great idea! One of the top three best social gathering ideas that has ever existed is hosting a wine tasting. You get to try several bottles of wine at a time while pretending to be "educated", impressing everyone with how sophisticated/smart you are. It is simply brilliant. And this is how you can be the best wine tasting host:
Create a Cozy Ambiance
Ensure optimal comfort. Fewer than 12 persons are preferable for a couple reasons:
- Conversation is encouraged in small groups. Side talks are more common in large gatherings. Smaller groups are simpler to host and easier to organize for. Consider the amount of cheese that needs to be purchased for groups of more than 3.
- Talk about wine math now. An average wine bottle holds 24 ounces, so you may pour 12 two-ounce tastes from one bottle. As a result, after you cross the 12-person threshold, things become more challenging. Staying to these figures will make it easier to calculate the amount of backup bottles of each wine to have on hand for re-tastings or for people who want more than two ounces.
Select a Theme
There are many different wines available, so picking a theme might help everyone focus and make it easier to compare one wine to another. A few guidelines to follow:
- Cost - Does the cost of your wine matter at all? There is one method to determine that. To figure out whether price actually does matter, choose a category and origin and purchase a few bottles at various price points. Keep your pricing range to $10 increments and stick to one variety.
- Type - What flavor do "natural wines" have? What makes a "dessert wine" sweet? Discover the characteristics that set each wine apart from the others by tasting a variety of types that interest you.
- Potluck - Feeling confined by a theme as a result of sticking to it? We are constantly open to unexpected turns. Hosting a potluck is a great alternative. Request that your visitors bring a few bottles, then watch where it leads. There are no boundaries. You will also get to save money on wine purchases and the variety will be improved by having each guest contribute a bottle. Overall, we think it is a win-win situation.
Serve it Up
Here are some suggestions for serving wine properly so that you can taste and smell the appropriate components:
Generally speaking, sparkling wines should be served at around 45 degrees, reds at 65 degrees, and whites at roughly 50 degrees. However, this might vary depending on the precise style. One useful advice is to remove the white wine from the fridge 30 minutes prior to serving and to place the red wine in the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving. Hold off lighting candles even if they are for the ambiance, until after the tasting. You want to make an effort to prevent ambient odors from significantly affecting the wine's aromas and flavors.