Wine Tasting Party Ideas
I'd love to share my wine tasting party ideas with you!
attend a wine tasting party every year with the same group of friends,
and it is an annual tradition we all look forward to. It is a
wonderful evening with friends and you'll get to taste many different
types of wine!
There are many different ways you can host this, but I will
how we have done this from year to year. Feel free to add in
comments and ideas (there is a place at the bottom of this page).
We can all learn from each other some different ways to throw
a great wine party!
Wine Tasting Party Ideas:
How it Works
There are eight to ten
couples that attend our annual wine party, and each year a couple takes
a turn hosting the party at their house.
The host and hostess are responsible for hosting the party, organizing
and pouring the wine for all the tastings, grading the score sheets,
and providing a prize for the
winner. You will need to have enough
wine glasses for everyone, or you can use the disposable plastic ones.
It is also a nice touch to have wine charms on your glasses
so no one loses track of their glass. You can make your own wine charms
shown below using Shrinky Dink printer paper. Or, try writing
the person's name on the base of the wine glass with a non-permanent
marker (test to make sure it will wipe off first).
Each couple (guest) is asked to bring two bottles of the SAME
type/brand of wine (to allow enough for plentiful tastings!)
Keep in mind that your party may only require one bottle of
wine. We have learned over the years that our group likes
having some wine left over after the tasting to enjoy for the rest of
the evening, so we increase the number of bottles to TWO per couple.
Each couple (guest) is also asked to bring an appetizer to share.
Therefore, the host/hostess does not have to worry about
providing food or beverage, only the small plates, napkins, and
silverware that may be needed. It also is a good idea to have
plenty of bottled water around to keep your guests hydrated in between
tastings. Small crackers to cleanse the palette is
recommended as well.
After mingling, guests are are given a
wine glass and score card and asked to take a seat.
The host/hostess then begins with the first wine and pours everyone a
Keep the wine covered up with a towel, so no one knows the brand or
type of wine (or if it is their own).
Guests then score the wine A through F based on how well they like it.
I include a my downloadable wine tasting score card
your convenience. This is a PDF file with two score
sheets per paper, so just cut it in half for two. There is
room for the grading of 10 different wines.
When tastings have finished, the host/hostess determines the wine
winner. This is the wine that received the highest grades.
Wine Tasting Party Ideas:
Here is how the scoring works: If a wine receives an "A" from
someone, the wine gets 5 points, a B gets 4 points, and so on:
A = 5 points
B = 4 points
C = 3 points
D = 2 points
F = 1 point
I like to print the results
sheet out and give it to
each person. This gives everyone a great resource for knowing
great wines. I have also referred to it to see what type of
wine a particular friend gave an "A". I instantly have a
birthday present I know they will like!
If you have Microsoft Excel, I have a free downloadable scoring results worksheet
for you to use. This sheet automatically assigns the
appropriate point value for each letter, and determines the total.
All you need to do is type in everyone's grades from their
score sheet and this Excel sheet will do the rest. The wine
with the highest point value wins!
If you choose to use this sheet, make sure to read tab 3 labeled
"Instructions" to learn how to use the sheet. Easy!
Wine Tasting Party Ideas:
Wine tasting party ideas for the prizes: I keep the prizes pretty easy. I usually give away a bottle
of last year's winning wine (that is another reason to keep your
results sheet from year to year!). I add it to a basket with
some gourmet crackers and dip or cheese. Wrap it up with some
cellophane, add a ribbon, and you have a beautiful wine gift basket for
One year I also made the grape cluster ornament
below, but I changed the tag to say "2012 Wine Party Winner".
My friends display in on their Christmas tree every year!
Wine Tasting Party Ideas: Another Variation
Of course, there are many different ways to host this party.
It can be as simple as just opening all the bottles your
friends bring and have a fun evening sipping them all. No
One year our friend put a fun
twist on the party. He had us all try a wine that he
provided, and then we had to try to correctly classify the wine by its
type (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir, etc.). He passed out a little note card which
described each type of wine, such as its signature color, body, notes
on its taste (nutty, woody, fruity, for example).
This was a fun way to get to know different varieties of wine and
seeing how good we were at distinguishing between types, just based on
Be a responsible host or
hostess and make sure your guests have a safe way home.
In closing, I must mention to be sure your guests have a designated
driver or a safe way home. I solve this problem by letting my
guests spend the night at my house. This is a given whenever
I have a party. I would rather keep everyone safe and I know
my guests appreciate this, and look forward to it too!
I always have a breakfast casserole ready prepared the day
before so breakfast in the morning is a snap!
If you have wine tasting party ideas, please share! Thank you