[T]he world of wine can be ovewhelming and intimidating with all its lingo and formality and swishing and spitting. The simple fact is wine is made to be enjoyed – and nothing is more enjoyable than sharing some with friends.
Hosting a wine tasting doesn’t have to be stress-inducing and you don’t have to be an expert. It’s a way to taste and discover what you like – and what you don’t – and then eat some great food with great friends and laugh your ass off.
What’s hard about THAT?
Please welcome our fabulous guest author today, Jennifer Knighton, of Baptist Wine Club – where guilt, pleasure and rebellion all point to some great wine recommendations at great price points. You should also know she has fantastic taste in shoes.
Here are Jennifer’s tips on hosting an easy, relaxed and fun wine tasting.
My wine tasting parties are generally impromptu events resulting from opening three or four bottles of wine for a dinner party at home. Invariably, each person will sample each of the wines on offer, choosing their favorite to accompany dinner. It’s kind of a backward way to manage a wine tasting, even if it works at Chez Knighton.
Since you are probably a far more well-organized hostess, you might want to do things a little differently. You know, the right way. (Hi Mom!)
First – It’s about wine. Hold off dinner till later in the evening to keep kitchen aromas at a minimum, so your guests can focus on what they’re tasting.
Next – It’s about wine. Select three to six bottles with a theme.
Example: California reds, New Zealand whites, Chardonnay from several regions, several varietals from a single winery, sparkling wines from around the world. Mix up your price points. Experiment. Anything goes!
Then – It’s about wine. Hide the labels of your chosen bottles.
Use the paper wrapper from the store or wine gift bags or this wine tasting party set from Cost Plus.
Provide your guests with a wine tasting card, where they can write down their observations of appearance, fragrance, and flavor. Here’s a downloadable wine card.
Lastly – It’s about wine. After your guests have tasted all the offerings, compare your thoughts.
Share with each other what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you want to drink some more. And then remove the covers, pour a full glass, and enjoy your discoveries!
Thanks, Jennifer! Want some recommendations for wines to sample at your tasting? Go check out some of her favorites at Baptist Wine Club. Or, maybe if you ask nicely and tell her how pretty her shoes are, she’ll answer some questions right here in the comments!
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment or question and you could win the fantastic Wine Tasting kit up above courtesy of Jennifer and Baptist Wine Club to kick start your own wine tasting party! Contest closes Friday at 9pm CST. Good luck!