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Tips For Hosting A Wine-Tasting Party

One a warm summer night, treat your friends and family members to a wine-tasting party in your backyard. Re-create the vineyard experience with a sampling of red and white wines, tasty snacks and a relaxed atmosphere.

Although you don't need a special occasion to host a wine-tasting soiree, it will make an ideal theme for a variety of different celebrations. A wine-inspired theme works well for holiday and adult birthday parties, bridal showers, anniversary celebrations, and even housewarming get-togethers.

One way to save money when planning the party is by purchasing the wine online, like from a company like Chankaska Winery. You can find a wide selection of handcrafted and even hard-to-find vintages online, and sometimes at lower prices than in liquor stores. After stocking up on several different wine varietals, it's time to set the scene and decide on a selection of gourmet snacks and treats.

Here are some wine-tasting party-planning ideas:

Table Decor

A simple way to transform your home or yard into a festive party space is with the right table decor. When hosting a wine-tasting soiree, consider covering the tables with elegant tablecloths so that guests can easily see the color of the wine in their glasses. 

As a simple-yet-swanky table centerpiece, filling a crystal vase with a bouquet of fresh flowers, such as purple and white hydrangeas or lilacs if they're in season. You can also use an empty wine bottle featuring an interesting label as a themed vase.

Create guest place card holders by turning wine corks on their sides, and slicing a slit halfway through each one. You can then insert the name cards into the corks. Other easy wine-themed table decor ideas include a pretty cake stand filled with bunches of red and green grapes and wine glass tea light holders.

2. Lighting 

If you're hosting the party outdoors, give the space a warm, romantic glow by wrapping strings of white lights around trees or railings. As a whimsical touch, look for wine bottle- or grape cluster-shaped lights. 

You can also place wrought iron lanterns filled with tea lights on a table, or line them up along a walkway to light the path to the party.

3. Snacks

Keep party-goers satiated throughout the event with snacks that complement the wine. Provide trays of different types of cheese, such as brie, sharp cheddar and Gouda, along with bowls of melted cheese dip with crostini for dipping. 

Gourmet popcorn, fresh fruit platters, pizza, ham and cheese roll-ups or dark chocolate truffles will also work well. You can also make a list of recommended wine and food pairings for guests.