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How to Host Your Very Own Wine Tasting Party

As a wine fanatic, attending a tasting hosted by a sommelier at your local vineyard can be enlightening. However, not everyone has easy access to a vineyard, or to official tasting events. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on the experience— hosting your very own wine tasting party is simple, no vineyard required. The first step, of course, involves selecting the most important components: the wines to be tasted. We’ve put together a guide regarding where to start.

Popular Wines for Your Wine Tasting Party

Selecting several of the wines on this list is the ideal way to ensure you have a full slate of tasty options for your party:


7 Deadly Zins

Boasting around, layered flavor, this red zin features jammy berry fruit, layers of dark fruits, currants, and toffee, and averages a 5/5 rating on our website.


6 Sense Syrah

Full-bodied, with a fruity, berry-infused flavor that lingers on the palate, this wine averages a 4/5 rating on our website.


Andre Cold Duck/Natural

A sparkling red wine that strikes a perfect balance between dry and sweet, finished off by hints of blackberry and cherry, Andre averages a 4.3/5 rating on our website.


Acacia Chardonnay

A white wine with a flavor that is both buttery and complex, this chard averages a 4.8/5 rating on our website.


Zellar Schwarze Katz

This crisp German wine features notes of citrus, green apple, and melon, averaging a 4.5/5 rating on our website.


Wolftrap White

Spicy and complex, this wine features fruity notes and a dry finish, and it averages a 5/5 rating on our website.


Wildekrans Franc/Merlot

This red wine is packed with a flavor that is both rich and intense, averaging a 4.3/5 rating on our website.


Now that you’ve gathered some wines to taste, it’s time to begin planning the event. There’s no one way to go about this—choose whatever suits you and your guests and really make it your own. No need to feel intimidated… just have fun!


However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have some suggestions:

● If you’re feeling unsure where to begin, consider choosing a theme. Maybe you’ll stick to red wines from a particular region, for example. This should narrow the palate of the event, while also making the selection process seem just a bit more manageable.

● For a fun twist, consider a blind tasting system. Select four red (or white) wines, before hiding each bottle in a burlap sack or other covering. Number each wine, and have another guest mix them up, so that you can participate in the blind tasting. Have guides prepared for each option, and have fun trying to figure out which wine is which, based on the profile.

● It’s best to invite six to ten guests. On the smaller end of that scale, aim to provide one bottle of each wine. With ten guests, it’s probably best to provide two bottles of each.

● Make sure to provide at least one all-purpose wine glass to each guest.

● It’s a safe idea to have bread available to nibble on, providing a simple way for guests to clear their palates between sips.

To begin planning your party, check out Payless Liquors’ extensive selection of wine! Or, utilize our convenient pre-order service.