Today we are going to discuss how to host a wine party and how to make sure that your wine does not go to waste after you are done with the wine party.
Select a Theme
You want to choose a theme for the party. You ought to choose a region or choose different wines made from the same grape. During the summer time, it is best to select light wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Rose’ and Prosecco. You do not need to buy expensive wines, with a little research you can find delicious wines in the $10 to $20 range.
It is fascinating to see what people enjoy without labels. I know that some of my favorite wines are under $20, but I would never have known without blind tasting! Allow your guests to figure out what they love!
For a palate cleanser, serve chilled water and flavor neutralizers like water crackers and plain bread.
Decor & Glasses
A crisp white tablecloth or butcher paper sets a sophisticated mood. The best glass choice is an all-purpose wine glasses that are narrower at the rim in comparison to the bowl. They need to be large enough to allow for a swirl. For sparkling wines, choose traditional flutes.
Also, provide spit buckets that don’t look like a pitcher to make sure people don’t accidentally drink it.
Go Over How to Taste Wine
Wine-tasting is a skill that not everyone knows. Feel free to give your guests a refresher filled with keywords to help them describe what they are experiencing. Start by whirling and tilting the wine in the glass. Set the glass on the table and with your hand at the base of the glass, give your wine a swirl. This is when you notice the color, opacity, and viscosity aka wine legs.
Next, take a sniff of the wine. Don’t be afraid to make noise when drinking. Slurping sucks air into your mouth, so aromas and flavors become more detectable. Familiar smells are fruits like berries, cherries, and citrus; florals and herbs; earthy scents, like soils, minerals, or rocks; spices and foods like vanilla, pepper, chocolate, and coffee come from the wooden barrels used to age the wine.
After you smell the wine, take a sip and let the wine linger in your mouth. Roll the wine in your mouth exposing the taste to all your taste buds. Ask yourself what initial flavors stand out and do you like it? Tell your guests to feel free to spit out the wine. Spitting can be an important part of wine tasting.
After you take your first taste, aspirate the wine by pursing your lips like you are about to whistle. Draw air into your mouth and then exhale through your nose. This helps open up even more flavors.
Your second sip is going to be more like a slurp with air coming into your mouth in with the wine.
One or 2 ounces is the perfect pour for tasting each wine. Start with the lightest wine and work your way up to more full-bodied wines. Consider starting the evening with a Champagne or sparkling wine with a fun toast to the gathering of friends!
Ask guests to record impressions and flavors of each wine on notecards, and give some time in between tasting to discuss your findings. After the final tasting, take a vote on the favorites before revealing each wine label.
As the wine party continues, you can continue assessing the wines. Some wines will grow richer flavors from aeration and others will lose their flavor.
For light summer wines, smoky grilled foods like white fish, chicken breast, and vegetables pair well. Pasta Primavera is complemented by a light white wine and heavier dishes, like steak, a bold red wine is the right choice.
Save Your Wine
Don’t forget to extend the life-span of your wine or champagne bottle after it’s been opened. You can use zzysh®, a revolutionary wine and sparkling wine preserving system that keeps a bottle’s natural taste and fizz after it is opened. The unique technology replaces the air in the bottle with a protective atmosphere consisting of the inert gas argon for wine and a combination of argon and carbon dioxide for sparkling wine. This in combination with the stopper, works to protect the wine and sparkling wine from oxidation, ensuring flavor, taste, color and fizz are all retained.
Press the stopper into the bottle vertically until it stops.
Press the handpiece on top of the stopper and allow it to make a zzysh sound for 3 – 5 seconds.