Standard Format for Wine
free to adjust any of the elements to suit your particular
themes can be as varied as the host desires. The
theme can be a particular style of wine, a wine region, a
particular vineyard or anything else that might capture
the imagination of the host and guests. Themes
help people venture into wines they may not otherwise
discover. Be simple. Be creative.
guests bring a bottle of wine fitting the theme set
by the host. However, the host can find other ways
to supply the wine.
- Amount of
are two issues here. First, tasting 5-7 different
wines at one event is about right. Having more than
that can be overwhelming. The
other issue is the amount each guest tastes.
Generally, a one ounce serving (2 tablespoons) is enough
for each wine. If each guest can consistently pour a
one ounce serving in a glass, then one bottle can
serve about 20 people. Realistically, a bottle can
be divided into about 12-14 tasting servings.
target is to have 10-12 people at a wine tasting. That
allows for 6 bottles of wine and if divided carefully,
there should be enough in one bottle that all the guests
can have a taste. The host should feel
free to add people to the special guest list when
necessary -- i.e. if someone is unable to attend a
tasting. In the future, if there is enough interest
from others, the group might expand and divide into two
A standard invitation format is available online. Invitations are extended to the
those on the primary guest list via US Mail, Email or
telephone. Guests should reply to the invitation in
a timely manner. The guest list, with names and
addresses, is available for down load from the group
coordinator NK. Generally a wine registry card is
also sent with the invitations to be completed and
presented with the wine at the party.
A good rule for the responsible party host is always serve
food with alcohol. Not only can it help in developing a
better appreciation of wines, food helps to slow the
absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system.
Simple hor d'oeuvres can be provided by the host, or
guests can be asked to bring something that will support
the party theme.
Sticks or Crackers
bread sticks make a nice pallet cleanser between each
wine. Avoid salted or flavored breads that might compete
with the wine tastes. The idea is to neutralize the
pallet between wines.
is also used as a pallet cleanser. It can be
available to rinse glasses between wines. Remember that
alcohol makes people thirsty, so have drinking water
available for guests.
on how you setup your party, you can issue one wine glass
to each guest to be used for all the wines. They can
rinse the glass with water and pour out in the swill
bucket. If you like, you can also setup one glass
for each wine for each guest. Two large sets of boxed wine glasses are available, if needed. from group
coordinator NK to be used at tasting.
- Day &
wine tasting parties are held during a weekend evenings.
However, it would be very acceptable to host a party
anytime. It's up to the host to schedule.
It's up to the guests if they can attend.
each event, the host is asked to compile a list, in data form, of the
wines tasted and other details about the wine and submit
it to group
coordinator NK, to be used on this web site.
A standard tasting sheet form
is available online for the host to print and have
available for guests (with pencils.) Filling out the
tasting sheets is totally optional. Do it if you want. [Tasting Terms ]