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Wine Tasting  Back to Events

Indulge your senses with unforgettable swirls, smells and sips by throwing a wine-tasting party. The best way to broaden your wine savvy is to uncork some bottles and gather friends. Engaging conversation will flow as you and your guests move from glass to glass.

To accommodate a casual party of eight, plan on four bottles, or one-half bottle per guest. Sample within the red or white wine categories for a traditional approach, or choose different versions of a single varietal such as red Zinfandel to compare vineyards or countries of origin.

As you sample each bottle, notice how the wine looks, smells and tastes. Is the color pale or intense? Did you inhale a fruity scent or a peppery aroma? How did the flavors resonate in your mouth? Discussing your reactions enhances your wine vocabulary. To expand your ability to discuss wine flavors, read Tasting with a Twist.

Even though the wine occupies center stage, provide water and have snacks on hand to nibble between sips. Start with perfect pairings of cheese and wine. To streamline your party preparation, check out the tips below.

Must be at least 21 years of age to purchase wine.

Menu Made Easy 

Here's where we've figured out courses and servings for the party. Scroll down to see the Publix selections we suggest, then add appropriate sizes and/or quantities to your Planning List based on the estimated servings per course (see chart). If you're interested in other options, you may click View All to see everything else available by course. Or, you can use our Plan a Menu tool to build your own menu for the event.

# of Guests: 8 to 12 16 to 20 26 to 30
Course Recommended # of Servings
Appetizer 40-60 80-100 130-150
Desserts 12-18 24-30 39-45

The recommended servings are meant as a guide and not an exact calculator. Please consider that many factors may require you to make adjustments: the mix of adults and children, time of day, length of event, etc.

Appetizer   View All
Jeweled Brie


Creamy French Brie glazed with honey and rolled in almonds and cranberries accompanied with assorted seasonal fresh fruit.

(M) 16 - 20 Servings $49.99


Lobster and Crab Claws
Lobster and Crab Claws


Steamed-then-chilled lobster claws and snow crab cocktail claws. Served with lemon slices and mustard dipping sauce.

(S) 8-12 Servings $59.99
(M) 12-18 Servings $89.99


Fresh Fruit


A beautiful arrangement of the season's best, including grapes, strawberries, oranges, pineapple and melons.

(S) 8-12 Servings $25.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $36.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $49.99


Desserts   View All
Chocolate Avalanche
Chocolate Avalanche


A cascade of chocolate indulgence. Rich chocolate fudge icing tops three layers of moist chocolate cake and strawberry glaze. And to garnish this dramatic dessert: toasted almonds, pieces of dark chocolate, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

8-10 Servings $21.99


Latte Blast
Latte Blast


A true coffee lovers cake. Four, moist layers of chocolate cake filled and covered in a cloud of rich, mocha cream cheese icing made with Publix Premium Coffee. Whimsical chocolate pieces and a skirt of creamy fudge frosting finish the dessert.

6-8 Servings $21.99


European Specialties
European Specialties


Miniature cannoli, cream puffs, and éclairs, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

(S) 10-14 Servings $22.99
(M) 18-22 Servings $29.99


Reminder Items Select All

Details, Details
Extra help is here: We've made a list of items you may want to have on hand for this particular event. Check those you'd like to be reminded of when you go shopping, and then add to your Planning List along with your Publix selections.

balloons decorations nuts
condiments disposable camera plates
corkscrews ice serving dishes
crackers invitations thank you cards
cups/glasses napkins utensils


Sign O' the Vines

We've taken some guesswork out of selecting wines with a chart to help you pair them up with the perfect foods.

  • Plan ahead for the right wine temperature. White wines need several hours to chill properly and should be served anywhere from 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Red varietals will be ready in about 45 minutes. Lighter red wines should be served at 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit; serve fuller-bodied reds at 58 to 65 degrees.
  • Have several corkscrews ready. In all the merriment, one may get misplaced. Also consider using decorative wine charms to help guests keep track of their glasses.