Swap Catch Phrase and Scrabble for cabernet and syrah: Host a wine-focused gathering with friends and family. We have ideas for food, bottles to try, and tasting tips, too.
At the Door
Kick off the evening without risking palate fatigue by greeting your guests with a refreshing sparkling wine cocktail. Before they arrive, set up cheese, charcuterie, and Publix party appetizers for a variety of wine-friendly nibbles.
Choose one grape variety and pour three to four different wines, each from a different region around the world. This tasting flight creates a picture of how a single grape’s taste changes based on the place it’s grown. (Find tips on how to host a wine tasting party.)
The Wide World of Wine
Focus on a single wine region—Napa Valley, California; Marlborough, New Zealand; Burgundy, France; or Barossa Valley, Australia—and select three to four varieties from that region to get a taste of place.
Prefer to spread the wine cost among friends? Let your guests know the evening’s theme and encourage them to bring one to two bottles of wine for the evening.
(Wine) Love is Blind
Add some mystery and friendly competition by incorporating a blind tasting. Cover each bottle with a paper bag or tea towel. Then, start the evening by tasting each wine together. Follow the five S’s—see, swirl, sniff, sip, spit & savor—and your guests can choose their favorite to fill their glasses with later in the evening.
A single wine—made from grapes aged in oak—contains a multitude of flavors. Expand your tasting note library by tasting the core varieties alongside the flavors found inside the glass.
- Sauvignon blanc: lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, green grass
- Chardonnay: juicy peach, vanilla, ground nutmeg
- Pinot noir: fresh rose petal or potpourri, fresh cherries, earth
- Cabernet sauvignon: black pepper, blackberries, cinnamon stick
- Zinfandel: blackberry or boysenberry jam, black pepper, cigar box, black licorice