Wine Tasting Casual Party
This type of party is not really expensive and itís also not hard to carry out. Itís one way to test the wine skills of you and your friends. Getting together will be much happier and more exciting if the partyís theme is wine tasting.
Formal wine tasting usually doesnít allow the testers to swallow wine. Just as the name Ďwine tastingí suggests, you will only smell, taste, and enjoy the wine. In a casual party with a wine tasting theme, your friends and even you, can swallow the wines. Just be very careful since sobriety issues usually come out later.
Once youíve tasted several wines and you swallowed them, you may not be able to assess the wineís full flavor. Itís up to the guests whether they will swallow the wine or not.
There are important preparations before you start the party. You have to ensure that there are lots of clean wine glasses at the party. With clean glasses, you can easily see residue that affects the wineís taste. Use a white tablecloth so that the guests can view the wine closely. Why white? Well, the white colored tablecloth will allow your guests to see any sediment and assess the wineís body. Make sure that there is also candlelight at the party.
If you donít know your friendsí wine preferences, you can ask them to bring one bottle of their favorite wine. Also, donít forget to provide clean water, bread, and some crackers. Always remember, donít serve cold water because it can shock the taste buds of your guests.
If youíre serving red wine, decant them before the party. The wine tastes better once itís able to breathe; if youíre serving white/blush wine, chill it slightly first before the guests arrive. Donít forget to keep your pencil and paper handy once the taste test begins so that your friends can rank the wines.
As the host of the party, you should supervise the wine tasting. Try to start with simpler and lighter wines. After that, you can already taste heavier and drier wines. If you start with the heavier and drier wines, you will not be able to taste the white wines.
If there are not enough wine glasses, make sure that you swirl clean water in it and then dry it using clean cloth; that way, the wine will not be diluted in water.
Do you know the ways to test the wineís clarity, color, aroma, etc? Wine tasters follow some kind of procedure in tasting the wines and you should know about them because thatís the only way to assess the wineís quality.
When tasting the wines, make sure that you drink water or eat some bread or crackers before tasting another wine. This is important so that the taste of the previous wine will be eliminated. Allow your guests enough time to guess the brands and varietals of the wines. Everyone will surely have fun at the wine tasting casual party.
Formal wine tasting parties are usually not very enjoyable especially if youíre having friends around; organize a casual party now and see how much fun you will have together with your closest friends.
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