How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

Learn how to host a wine tasting party, from picking out wine to serving food, plan for a fun way to learn about new wines with friends!
A flight of Clos du Val wines and cheese board for how to host a wine tasting party.
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5 from 3 votes
Course Beverages, Wine
Author Liren Baker

Instructions

Pick a Wine Tasting Theme

  • Wines from the same winery
  • Wines from the same region
  • Wines of the same varietal
  • Old World vs. New World
  • Vertical wine tasting (same wines, consecutive vintages)
  • Blind tasting
  • Wines of a certain price point (e.g. budget wines)
  • Chocolate pairing
  • Potluck bottle

How Much Wine to Serve

  • In general, expect a 2-ounce pour per serving (a tasting pour is half a regular serving) -- this means that a bottle of wine contains about 10-12 tasting servings. For a flight of 5-6 wines, 1 bottle of each wine should be enough for up to 10 guests.

Food to Serve

  • A cheese board with a variety of cheese, small bites, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables.
  • Small and easy appetizers; can be store-bought or homemade.
  • A selection of sweets to end the evening. Chocolate is always a good choice and surprising pairing with wine.

Drink Responsibly

  • Offer guests a spit cup/bucket to pour out any unwanted wine.
  • Never drink and drive. Be sure your guests have a designated driver or call an Uber/car service to return home.
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