Wine Tasting Party: Six Themes

Hosting a wine tasting party is not really hard as you think. In fact, it is one of the easiest parties to handle. Firstly, you need to decide on a certain theme so that planning will be a lot easier on your part.

In this article, you will find out about the six popular themes that you can use when hosting a wine tasting party.

1. Horizontal Party

In this kind of party, you will only focus on one variety of wine. For instance, you can get the Chenin Blanc (2003) and you will get them from different wineries. You should visit multiple producers and vineyards.

You can get wine from only one specific region or you can mix them all up with that of other regions.

2. Vertical Party

In a vertical wine tasting party, you will choose only one variety of wine but from different years or vintages. You also need to choose only one producer of the wine. In vertical wine tasting parties, you will become more familiar with the producer's varietal composition and style.

A typical example is featuring the wine from Keyes Vineyard from 2002 to 2004. By tasting the same wine from different years, the guests can taste the dramatic changes in just a span of a year.

3. Priceless Party

In this themed party, you can purchase different wines in various price ranges. Your objective here is to let your guests identify the difference between wines of different prices. You can get $10 wines or much pricier wines. It's really up to you to choose the wines.

4. Price Point Party

You will need to choose wines that belong to the same price range. The decision is yours � you can purchase different wines under $20 or under $40; or even more than $100. It all depends on your budget. The important thing is, the baseline price is always considered when purchasing the wines.

5. Big Eight

The four wines should be from the white wine category while the other four should be from the red wine category. Guests have different preferences when it comes to wine. Some prefer red wine over white wine, and vice versa. By choosing a Big Eight wine theme party, you will get the top four wines from each category. For example, for the red wine category you can purchase Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For the white wine, you can get the Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.

6. Blind Wine Party

As the name suggests, you need to remove the labels of the wines before the guests arrive. If you want, you can also put the wine in wine bags. In a blind wine party, guests can't choose their particular wine because the wines are not labeled.

Make sure that you cover the names of wines so that the guests will be more intrigued. In a way, you will be able to catch the fancy of your guests.

Those are the six themes that you can use next time you decide to host a wine tasting party. You and your guests will surely have fun at the party. You can choose a theme that bests suit your budget so that you can also have fun.

Happy wine tasting to you and your guests; also, don't forget to jot down your guests' wine preferences so that you will know what to serve next time or to even surprise them with a bottle of their favorite during the Holidays.

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