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Hosting a Tasting



See Also: Tasting Terms | Equipment | Tasting Sheets | Invitations

Standard Format for Wine Tasting Parties
Feel free to adjust any of the elements to suit your particular situation.

  • Themes
    Party 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.

  • Supplying the Wine
    Generally, 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 Wine
    There 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.
  • Invited Guests
    The 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 separate parties.
  • Invitations
    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.
  • Serving Food
    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. 
  • Bread Sticks or Crackers
    Simple 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.
  • Water Available
    Water 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.
  • Wine Glasses
    Depending 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 & Time
    Generally 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.
  • Wine Record
    After 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.
  • Tasting Sheets
    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 ]