Have you ever thought of having a wine tasting party? If you like wine and enjoy pairing wines with food, you may want to consider having a party. I decided to invite some friends over and turn my home into a tasting room. The first item on the list was to get my invitations out. I wanted to be unique, so I bought some Penless Wine Tags, and uploaded a video invitation onto each of the QR codes. This was super easy and I have already gotten some responses of how cool and personal my invitations were.
Here are some tips to having a simple, social, and deliciously fun party:
· Have snacks and appetizer pairings to serve. In addition to some appetizers, I am pairing each wine with a certain cheese. For example, the Cabernet Sauvignon, is pairing with a cheddar. The Chardonnay is pairing with a creamy cheese, such as Brie. The Sauvignon Blanc will be sampled with Goat Cheese.
· Make sure to have your wines chilled at the proper temperature. Try serving whites at 40-50 degrees and reds at 55-65 degrees. (Reds can be put in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes prior to serving)
· Decide what wines to serve when. As a rule of thumb, you should line up your wines in this order: bubbles, light whites, rich whites, rosés, light reds, bold reds, and then dessert wines.
· Download some music to play at your party. Try some of these tunes:
o “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye
o “Peel Me a Grape,” Diana Krall
o “Red Red Wine,” UB40
o “Elderberry Wine.” Elton John
So next time you want to taste a few different bottles of wine, host a wine tasting party. It is an easy and engaging means of experiencing many different types of wine.
Finally, as a gift to give all my guests, I am sending them home with what else than a bottle of wine. The bottle of wine, like the invitations, will be personalized though. I am attaching a Penless Wine Sticker to each bottle. On the sticker, I am going to upload a picture of the guest at my party. This will be something fun for them to remember.
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. – W.C. Fields