Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Part 1: How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

We love wine. We love the smell of wine. We love the taste of wine. And we love sharing wine.

If you're planning to host a wine tasting party, here's what you need to know:

*You'll need to buy a variety of wines. (Preferably whites and reds). If this is not within your budget, how about asking each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite wine?

*Find the right cheese to pair with each wine.

Serving a shiraz? Pair it with some zesty manchego.
Plan to down a malbec? You'll need something full bodied, like a piave.
Enjoying a sauvignon blanc? A light goat cheese would be best.
Craving chardonnay? Pair it with something creamy and smooth.
Can't put down the pinot noir? You need a sottocenere.
Fruits and nuts are also great munchies to have on hand. And chocolate is a MUST!
Don't forget the Carr's water crackers to cleanse the palette.

Chill your white wines in the fridge for about 20 minutes or use a wine chiller. If you're using a wine bucket with ice, submerge your bottle for no more than 3o minutes. Be sure to remove your wines from wherever they are being chilled about 20 minutes before you plan to serve them. Wines that are too cold are hard to taste.

Red wines should be opened at least 20 minutes before you plan to serve them. This allows them time to breathe. If you prefer, you can use a decanter.

When pouring your tastings, be sure to taste the whites first. For example:

1. Sauvignon Blanc
2. Chardonnay
3. Pinot Noir
4. Shiraz
5. Malbec

If you need help deciding the order, don't hesitate to ask someone. Your local wine shop is a wealth of information!

Tomorrow we'll talk about the 4 S's: See, Swirl, Smell & Sip.


  1. Our wine tasting parties are always the most fun when people bring their favorite bottle along with a food item paired with it. It's great to see what everyone brings!

  2. Thanks for sharing the tips to host a wine tasting party. It was nice going through your blog. Keep it up the good work. Cheers :)