Individuals have different tastes when it comes to wines. Some like red wine while others prefer white wines. If your friends like to drink wine, then it’s a terrific idea to hold a wine tasting casual party.
This type of party is not really expensive and it’s also not hard to carry out. It’s one way to test the wine skills of you and your friends. Getting together will be much happier and more exciting if the party’s theme is wine tasting.
Formal wine tasting usually doesn’t allow the testers to swallow wine. Just as the name ‘wine tasting’ suggests, you will only smell, taste, and enjoy the wine. In a casual party with a wine tasting theme, your friends and even you, can swallow the wines. Just be very careful since sobriety issues usually come out later.
Once you’ve tasted several wines and you swallowed them, you may not be able to assess the wine’s full flavor. It’s up to the guests whether they will swallow the wine or not.
There are important preparations before you start the party. You have to ensure that there are lots of clean wine glasses at the party. With clean glasses, you can easily see residue that affects the wine’s taste. Use a white tablecloth so that the guests can view the wine closely. Why white? Well, the white colored tablecloth will allow your guests to see any sediment and assess the wine’s body. Make sure that there is also candlelight at the party.
If you don’t know your friends’ wine preferences, you can ask them to bring one bottle of their favorite wine. Also, don’t forget to provide clean water, bread, and some crackers. Always remember, don’t serve cold water because it can shock the taste buds of your guests.
If you’re serving red wine, decant them before the party. The wine tastes better once it’s able to breathe; if you’re serving white/blush wine, chill it slightly first before the guests arrive. Don’t forget to keep your pencil and paper handy once the taste test begins so that your friends can rank the wines.
As the host of the party, you should supervise the wine tasting. Try to start with simpler and lighter wines. After that, you can already taste heavier and drier wines. If you start with the heavier and drier wines, you will not be able to taste the white wines.
If there are not enough wine glasses, make sure that you swirl clean water in it and then dry it using clean cloth; that way, the wine will not be diluted in water.
Do you know the ways to test the wine’s clarity, color, aroma, etc? Wine tasters follow some kind of procedure in tasting the wines and you should know about them because that’s the only way to assess the wine’s quality.
When tasting the wines, make sure that you drink water or eat some bread or crackers before tasting another wine. This is important so that the taste of the previous wine will be eliminated. Allow your guests enough time to guess the brands and varietals of the wines. Everyone will surely have fun at the wine tasting casual party.
Formal wine tasting parties are usually not very enjoyable especially if you’re having friends around; organize a casual party now and see how much fun you will have together with your closest friends.