Love the wine you’re with! Fall is around the corner, but you can continue to enjoy small outdoor gatherings. Hosting a small wine tasting at home with close friends or family is a fun activity. With some Twinspiration, you can host a chic wine tasting at home on a budget. If you are ready to make some pour decisions, then follow our tips below.
Host a Wine Tasting at Home with a Theme
We recommend picking a theme and having fun with it. In the past, we hosted:
- Blind Wine Tasting
- Wine Tasting with a Specific Vineyard
- Rosé Wine Tasting
- Wine Region Tasting
- Food and Wine Pairing
We also did a fun series on how your smile changes after 1, 2, 3 glasses of wine.
Cheese Pairings for the Wine Tasting at Home
You can’t have a wine tasting without the accompanying cheeses. Do your research and you can also email or call the vineyard for recommendations. Another trick is to direct message them on Instagram. Because of coronavirus, we recommend creating individual cheese boards. There are a lot of wooden or slate boards you can get online.
Glasses for the Wine Tasting at Home
We recommend having a glass for each wine you are tasting. We’ve bought wine glasses from IKEA. They are perfect party glasses because they are inexpensive and smaller than a typical wine glass. When you are trying multiple wines, you want the pours to be smaller. Then guests can drink more of the wine they prefer.
We also have Riedel’s performance tasting set. These beautiful glasses are for a more sophisticated wine party. Guests can try the wines in the Riedel glass that was created specifically to bring out the best flavor and notes of the wine. Remember to keep the pours small!
How to Decorate?
We recommend getting flowers and linens. Floral arrangements don’t need to break the bank. You can get them from your local florist or grocery store. Cutting flowers yourself is a bit time consuming, so we generally bring a vase with us and give our NYC florist a budget. Recently we’ve been buy a lot more pre-made arrangements from Whole Foods in Montclair. The trick is the smaller the vase, the cheaper the arrangement. With a bud vase, you can get a good arrangement for $10 – $15.
Beautiful linens are also an investment. We recommend starting with some neutral or seasonal linens that you can repeat and use. They will be more expensive than the plastic party ones, but they will add a sophistication to your event. Most of our linens are from Williams Sonoma, CV Linens or Amazon.
Hey look it’s wine o’clock. This year, host a small outdoor wine tasting at home. Our tips will make you host like a pro. If you need wine recommendations, check out all the wineries we worked with here.
Life is too short to drink bad wine.Anonymous