With the harvest of grapes in full swing in Northern California, it is a great time to celebrate and host a wine tasting party in your home, no matter where you live! Fall lends itself beautifully to wine tasting party decorations, with leaves of every color in abundance. Whether you are an official sommelier or just the occasional enjoyer of wine, wine tasting parties are a fun way to hang out with friends and family. Here’s everything you need for a successful party at home:
- A great wine rack to keep your selection growing and stored safely. This beautiful 16 Bottle Wine Cabinet with Stemware Rack is one of my favorites, brand new with a lovely dark espresso finish. It is nice because it functions both as wine rack and as a serving table or bar. The built in wine glass racks keep everything right where you need it.
- Covers for the bottles – I love the look of burlap with a number painted on the bottle for blind tastings, but back in the day I used to use slim paper bags and those work fine (the kind you get at the store when you purchase the wine).
- Food! I always like to have a cheese plate, as it is an obvious companion for wine, but also some cured meats, salami are nice, as well as fruit to cleanse the palette. If you will be having your guests over close to dinner time, throw in a few appetizers as well (either home made or frozen varieties – no one will know the difference!)
- Wine, Wine Wine! Of course, don’t forget the wine! Aim for about 1/2-3/4 of a bottle per person, and really you get to choose which kind. Maybe you are just in the mood for light white wines, or perhaps just reds, or even a mixture of both. You can get even more specific, say with a selection of old vine zins for everyone to taste, that way you can really home in on the differences.