Wine Tasting Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Wine Tasting event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

A wine tasting party is a ‘spirited’ celebration of fun, food and of course fine wine; and while guests are enjoying their scrumptious spirits, they’ll want to listen to some primo party tunes as well. Fine wine and fine music go hand in hand.

The perfect playlist will be as frothy, tasty and bubbly as the wine itself, and will include songs such as:

Red Red Wine by UB40. This is a natural pick, and a fun one as well.
Garden Party by Ricky Nelson. Country lovers in particular will favor this classic choice.
The Secret Garden by Quincy Jones featuring Usher and Robin Thicke. Ladies in particular will savor this romantic classic as they sip their wine.
Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams by Dionne Warwick. This theme to The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous is one classy tune.
Champagne Life by Ne Yo
Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline by Marsha Thorton
Aside from a robust list of atmospheric songs, the host also should ‘pour on’ the party supplies at a wine tasting party. Guests will want to feast their eyes as well as taste buds. They could include wall art depicting wine bottles, goblets and glasses in various and artistic designs, a lovely centerpiece of flowers and faux grapes, as well as tableware in elegant hues of red, pink, lavender and royal blue. Take home party tokens could include magnets and figurines in the likeness of tiny wine bottles, as well as actual samples of wines and cheeses tasted at the party.

Fun and friendship will bloom in kind at the ultimate garden party. Creative idea: Matching or contrasting color decor items such as plates and cups will work for any theme ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor.

A wine tasting party is an elegant event and homemade party supplies such as handpainted wine glasses, personalized wooden corks and handmade wine bottle labels only add to the elegance. These little accents perfectly accentuate the taste of wine. Homemade party supplies, party goods and handmade grape centerpieces are a welcomed addition to your Wine tasting party. Making a handmade centerpiece for this party can look great, but be simple. Do not overdo at this particular do.

First of all, using a large wooden serving bowl place a variety of red and white grapes strategically around the bowl. This makes a great homemade centerpiece for your Wine tasting party. It also relates well to the concept of wine. Making your own wine tasting centerpieces will save time and money while adding a personal touch to the wine tasting. Guests are sure to be amazed by your creativity. Homemade centerpieces will greatly compare to those used in the past, but the handmade beauty of the centerpieces will stand out.

Many times a traditional wine tasting party takes a lot of time and money, but homemade party supplies such as wine glass markers, drink umbrellas and unique centerpieces will add to the party. Then once the homemade wine tasting party supplies have been made you can focus on planning the rest of the wine tasting party. It is time to plan the evening as a whole. And have a lot of fun doing so, while you're at it.

A winetasting is a time for friends to gather for good conversation and sumptuous refreshments; and while fine spirits will be the primary focus of any winetasting, a winetasting party cake will put the perfect ‘cap’ on and enhance the ‘flow’ of this event. Forgive our puns and read on for some very tasty tips....

If the host is planning a winetasting that serves as a serious, competitive comparison of different types of wines, then they may wish to serve a winetasting party cake that is light and neutral in flavor. A cake of white angel food or a plain vanilla confection, for example, would not disrupt the sensitive palette of a wine taster, making it impossible for them to judge and compare various types of wines. Plus it is truly delicious in flavor.

If the winetasting is a more casual affair, the host might opt instead for a novelty confection; a winetasting party cake that illustrates the theme of this type of celebration. Using a bottle-shaped cake pan, they could prepare a chocolate cake that resembles a wine bottle; topping it with an iced or candied label bearing subtle but vibrant colors. Guests are sure to love the sight of this decorative confection.

A less crafty cook might opt to prepare a round or standard sheet winetasting party cake, ice it in any way desired, then top it with paper supplies (such as tiny plastic wine bottles and strands of rubber grapes) that fit the winetasting theme. This may be easier than the wine bottle cake to prepare. As an added bonus, it is just as much fun.

A wine tasting party is a great way to bring in a new year, get family and friends together or a way to earn extra income. Whichever your reasoning for a wine tasting party, each one relies largely on the party supplies and favors that are available.

The number one item that goes with wine is cheese. This is why it is important to have a good variety of cheeses available to try as well. Remember, cheese is very diverse and everyone has a different palette. Party supplies that go well with cheese are platters, tooth picks, small plates and napkins.

Wine party supplies will include the wine, glasses, napkins, buckets to keep the wine in and ice to serve the wine chilled for those who prefer it. Depending if you have a theme or not for your wine tasting party, you can use small regular plastic cups, wine glasses or even shot glasses.

A great theme that has been long standing with wine tasting parties is the Greek and Roman theme. This is due large in part for the Greek and Roman culture to rely on wine and cheeses as a staple. In order to really drive the theme home, you can add fruits and decorate with leaves and toga wear. Guests can also come dressed as Greek Goddesses and Roman Warriors to add a little spice to the event. If you have a really fun crowd you can even throw in a custom contest to pick the best participant and award them a bottle of wine.

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Wine Tasting History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Wine Tasting theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

A wine tasting party is a deceptively simple name for an elaborate, often quite elegant festivity celebrated around the world. This is a happening and an occasion, not just a party.

In their beginnings wine tastings may have had a character similar to the speakeasies of the 1920s; socials where people met in private homes to talk, laugh, dance and enjoy fine spirits. These occasions carried an aura of the forbidden. Over time, however, the practice of wine tasting has become a refined art form; one that involves savoring the look, taste, balance, and even the swirl of the wines sampled. It takes a lot more than sipping to taste. People now study and train for years to become wine tasters, and wine tasting parties—which now can take place at wineries, ballrooms and rented recreation facilities—have become significant happenings.

In addition, wine tastings now are frequently combined with other festivities. People host or attend wine tastings to celebrate birthday parties, bridal showers, anniversary bashes, corporate parties, and other events. Any occasion is perfect to drink the finest wine. As everyone knows, a steady flow of wine makes everything better—and more fun! The host just has to make sure that—due to the alcoholic beverages served-- all of these festivities are restricted to adult participation. A wine tasting is an event for adults only.

A vast variety of fine spirits could be served at a wine tasting party, everything from dry or organic reds to pure merlots and roses, ports and cabernets to cognacs and champagne. Popular brands could include Francis Ford Coppola (yep, the film director) and Sutter Home, Barefoot and Glenn Ellen. Wines could be served with cheeses, chocolates and finger sandwiches; some might even serve their wines as accents to full dinners.

Like fine wine itself, a wine tasting can take many forms. Plan the ultimate wine tasting party today! Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. Don't wait until the last minute to set up for a celebration, you will be hurried and stressed by the time the guests start to arrive. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. The history of Wine Tasting has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
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