My goal is to maximize what your glass of wine has to offer you. The following set-up will help you not only benefit from the buzz, but the different aromas, flavours and colours –> and what they all mean in the scheme of things.
If you’re planning a wine tasting night – make sure everyone has a safe way home or have enough inflatable mattresses or couches to have your friends over. DRINKING AND DRIVING IS NOT COOL OR SAFE!!
A few things you might want to pick up before starting your night.
Make sure to have a pitcher of water and every guest should have a full glass of water – this helps cleanse your palate between wines. You might want to cut up a baguette/loaf of crusty bread – that helps as well.
If you don’t own a billion wine glasses, have some napkins or paper towels on hand for each guest. Once you’re done tasting a wine, you can quickly sop up any remaining wine at the bottom of the glass.
I like having either a white plate or white napkin/paper towel on hand – when you’re observing the different wine hues tilting your glass and turning it over the white plate or napkin enbales you to truly appreciate the richness of the colour.
You’re technically supposed to a ‘spit bucket’ for every guest – you’re supposed to be sampling the wine, not getting drunk off of it. However, where’s the fun in drinking wine and not getting tipsy 😉 who knows, with a little Dutch Courage you might discover you have quite a few seasoned Sommeliers in your social circle.
Always start tasting wines white to red, less alchol content to most.
Cover the wine bottles and labels – it adds to the mystery.
You should give your guests at least a sheet of paper and a pen – so that they can record their tasting notes –> their different finds about each wine. Once the wine is unweiled, they might want to jot down the name as well.
The most important thing is to experiment and have fun with different wines. You’ll discover that there are some great finds that are relatively inexpensive.