Posted By Heather Rusick on 8/5/11 12:42 PM

wine tasting partyWINE, the only thing I need to put a smile on my face! I love to enjoy a nice bottle of Pinot Noir paired with a great dinner and company, it is my ideal evening. If you’re a wine lover like me, and most of my friends, then you should throw a wine tasting party at your apartment this weekend; it is the perfect event to catch up with your family and friends. I like to throw wine tasting parties with a twist, a simple one, but it makes for a more exciting evening.

Wine Tasting Party Done Right!

To start your wine tasting party off right, you need to decide what wine you would like to feature that evening, a Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and so on. Then decide what you would like to serve to complement your wine - cheese, chocolate, a hearty dish; you decide it’s your party.

Once the important decisions have been made, start your guest list. I would suggest keeping your list small and intimate, about ten people maximum – you want to enjoy your party, not host the whole time!

Now here’s the twist. When you send your invites out ask each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite “featured wine flavor” of the night, because this is going to be a battle of the wines.


  • Each guest will bring one bottle of their favorite “featured wine flavor” and give it to you. Make sure the others don’t see the wine labels, each wine bottle needs to be a mystery.
  • Once you have all the wines, put each of them in a wine bag to hide the brand, look and feel of the bottle. Number each  bottle.
  • Pass out score cards labeled 1-10 for your guests to rate each bottle, make sure to leave room for comments; some people might need to remind themselves why they liked one over another in the event of a tiebreaker.
  • Now that everyone has a score card, let the wine tasting begin. Everyone starts with the wine bottle labeled one and moves up from there. Make sure that each person participating in the tasting is able to sample and score all of the wine.
  • Once you have reached your final bottle, collect the score cards and tally up the responses to see which bottle received the highest notes.
  • Drumroll. It’s time to reveal the winning bottle. In front of all your guest, grab and reveal the highest scoring wine. To add a little fun go down the list until you get to the biggest loser aka the worst wine of the night, reading some of the comments.
  • Give a prize to the guest that brought the winning wine and a fun little gag gift for the guest that brought the worst wine. Some great gifts are - a Jessie Durban wine glass, a nice bottle of wine or a dinner gift certificate. If you want to be funny, give the losing wine winner a bottle of Charles Shaw wine, a handlebar moustache corkscrew, a winestein or anything that will get quick laugh.

To keep the night going, just open some more bottles of wine and enjoy the night.

Don’t Forget...

  • Make sure to have extra bottles of wine after the battle of the wine tasting is over.
  • Pour 2 ounces of wine per guest, your ounces may vary depending on the number of guests.
  • If you have a lot of guests, you may want each person to email you the brand and year of wine they are bringing, so you can buy extra bottles - just in case one runs out during the tasting.
  • Have plain bread and water available between wines, this will allow guests to clear their palate for the next wine experience.

All you Shea Apartment Community residents have a wonderful weekend!

Have you thrown a wine party? If so tell us about your experience!