Things You Need to Throw a Wine Tasting PartyOne bottle of wine will serve a 2 ounce taste for up to 12 people. Plan on tasting a total of five or six different wines during the event. It's overwhelming to sample too many. Serve the wine in clear wine glasses with stems. People should be able to see the wine. Guests should hold the glasses by the stem so that they do not affect the temperature of the wine.
Provide pitchers of water and dump buckets. These can be used to rinse the glasses between wines and some guests may have leftover wine they want to dump. Plain crackers should be available so tasters can cleanse their palate between wines. Print off simple wine scoring sheets and provide pens for each guests to evaluate the wines.
Feed Your GuestsIt's a good idea to feed your guests when they first arrive. You don't want them drinking wine on an empty stomach. Avoid strong flavored foods that will interfere with the flavors of the wine. This means no spicy foods, strong-flavored cheeses, or salty dishes (although they can be served after the tasting of the wines is concluded).
Wine Tasting DosWhite wines should be chilled two to three hours in the refrigerator before serving. Red wines can be served at room temperature, but you could put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving to open and let them decant. Number wines in the order you want to taste them. White wines should be tasted before red wines. Light wines go before heavy wines and dry wines before sweet wines. However, don't stress over this. Everyone will be having fun and won't even notice if the order isn't perfect. Take time to discuss the wines. Ask each guests to share their thoughts about the wines. Serve dessert, beverages, or even additional wine for your friends to enjoy after the tasting is over. I bet your friends will have a blast and be eager to come again next time you host a wine tasting party.