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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do something fun, classy, and different with your friends. If the same light beers and bowl of sad pita chips and hummus is getting old, then you should mix things up by hosting a wine tasting party in the comfort of your home. All you need is some supplies, a bit of knowledge, and the willingness to try something new. If you want to know how to host a wine tasting party that's an even bigger hit than a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, then follow these steps.


Part 1

Getting Ready

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Choose a theme. One of the most important parts of hosting a wine tasting is deciding what kind of wines you want to try. There's no right answer that will please all your guests or lead to a perfect party, but here are some suggestions:

Sample different wines from one region, such as Napa Valley, Santa Barbara wine country, Willamette Valley, Rioja, New Zealand, the South of France, or whatever you like.

Taste varietals produced in different parts of the world, such as drinking only the Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley, France, or Argentina.

Do a horizontal tasting. Taste only 2012 Chardonnays produced all over the world. This may be tricky to find, though.

Do a tasting by one winemaker. If you really like Robert Mondavi, Cake bread, Stag's Leap, or Duckhorn wine, for example, try several different wines from this one winemaker.

Sample only reds, whites, sparkling wines, or dessert wines. Just remember that dessert wines tend to be sweeter and may be more difficult to taste.

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Figure out the food situation. You shouldn't be eating during the wine tasting, other than the bread or crackers that will be needed to cleanse your palate. So, you should decide whether you want to give your guests a light meal before the tasting, serve dinner after the tasting, or serve appetizers or dessert after the tasting. Ideally, some sort of food should be provided so your guests don't get wine drunk without anything to absorb the alcohol.

You can tell your guests what the situation is when you invite them, so they know if they should come with a full stomach, or if they should prepare to eat.

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Get the right wine glasses. It's not realistic that you'll be able to give each of your guests a new wine glass before every new tasting. Realistically, just one glass per guest will do, or one longer, less oval-shaped glass for whites and a rounder, larger glass for reds, if you're feeling up to it.

The glasses should have stems so the guests don't warm the wine with their hands.

The glasses should be clear so the guests can see the color of the wine.

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Gather your supplies. There are a number of supplies you'll need to host a wine-tasting party in addition to the wine glasses. Here are some to get you started:

Obviously, the wine. Pick your wines based on the theme you'll be going for. In general, it's good to have wines in different price ranges, from pretty cheap to more expensive, if you can afford it. Make sure that you have enough wine for your guests -- a bottle of wine can pour 5 regular glasses of wine, or enough for 6-10 people to taste the wine.

Back-up corkscrews in case yours break.

A wine opener.

A spittoon. This can either come in the form of a large bowl in the center of the table or as small paper cups for each guest.

An ice bucket for chilling white wine. This will keep you from running to the fridge.

A white tablecloth or white napkins. This will help your guests see the color profiles of the wines.

A tasting grid. This can help your guests identify the flavors of the wine and jot down their impressions. You can find some great ones online.

An aerator or decanter for the wine. This can help bring out the flavors in a red wine.

Bread or crackers to taste in between wines.

Cups of ice water for your guests as well as a pitcher of water for the table.

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