Now that summer is coming to an end, indoor parties will once again become more prominent. Wine tastings are a great way to get friends together, and with little effort, host a very
Here is all you need to do:
- The WINES: Get 2-4 different wines depending on the amount of people you are expecting to host. Each one bottle will provide around 4-5 glasses and folks will likely at least taste each one. Make sure to buy at least one red and one white if you are only getting two bottles in order to have variety. Chateau Montelena is an award winning chardonnay, that does not break the bank, and the featured wine in the Bottle Shock movie. Providing some history on the wine will be sure to impress your guests.
- Food parings: You cannot have a wine party without cheese and the other accoutrements.
- Cheese: Visit your local supermarket and look for a variety of cheese to display. If you want to keep its simple I would recommend a soft cheese, a hard cheese and a bleu cheese. Getting a wedge of each is typically sufficient, again it all depends on the amount of guests you are expecting. Try to cut the cheese and meats in advance so your guests are not struggling cutting their own pieces and can just grab and go throughout the night. Some cheeses taste better with specific wines, feel free to taste ahead in order to offer you guests some recommended pairings.
- Meats: Along with cheeses, you should also offer some sort of meat such as a salami or prosciutto. Don’t forget to cut these into bite size pieces as well!
- Honey/Jam: A simple honey will do if you must choose one. I love to also offer a jam–and I am particularly in love with this blueberry lavender jam.
- Crackers: I would keep it simple. You have wines, cheeses, meats and a sweetener, there is no need to get a herb or flavored cracker. I like to stick to a simple plain or salted cracker.
- Almonds: I like to offer almonds as well, it’s just a nice added touch in my opinion and looks great on the platter. Marcona almonds are a personal favorite.
- Water: Serve each guest a glass of water. This is particularly important when offering multiple wines to allow for palate cleansing before each taste.
- Set the mood: Wine parties are times for great conversations. Flowers and candles provide quick and easy decor. Set the mood by playing some jazz music or playing a wine movie in the background. Bottleshock, especially if you offer the featured Chateau Montelena wine, or Somm are both good options.
- Wine Glasses/Serving Plates: Invest in a few red and wine glasses, its is really worth it and you will always have an occasion where you need some nice glasses. Sur la Table and Crate and Barrel both offer glasses you can buy individually so you can get as many or as little as you need. It makes a nice impression to showcase the cheeses and anything else you are offering on a nice large server plate in order for your guests to pick and choose from the options provided. Prepping your food and setting up the display will show your guests that you are one great host!
- Have fun! Prep as much as you can ahead so you can too enjoy the party. Cutting the meats and cheeses in advance gives you one less thing to do. Set out your display and impress your guests with your sophisticated style!