Plan the perfect wine tasting party with these helpful tips and hilarious party games that will have your party guests talking about for years to come!
If you’re looking for a great way to spend an evening with friends, family or colleagues then consider throwing a wine tasting party. Plan a few classy wine tasting games, add some small bites that complement the wine flavors, and a delicious dessert and you have one amazing party that will have all the guests raving!
Which types of wine should I serve?
A sparkling wine is always a great way to start the night while people are arriving. Next, a nice white wine is fantastic and pairs well with a variety of foods (think savory appetizers). Reds are heavier in flavor so best for dinner parties or later in the evening when people have already eaten or paired with a dessert. Consider serving one red and one white to your guests if you’re not sure which they’ll prefer.
What should I serve while tasting?
A lot of people might think wine tasting is all about the wine, but it’s just as important to have something to go with it! If you’re hosting this kind of party at home, take some time beforehand to plan out what foods will match up best with each type of wine you’re serving.
For a wine & cheese party, serve light appetizers like cheese plates or olives when there are still plenty of gaps between courses so that no one feels too full after eating. Choose flavors that compliment the type of wines. For example, cheese like brie goes great with light white wines, goat’s milk ricotta tastes amazing with bolder whites and blueberries go perfect with sweet dessert wines.
Put together a charcuterie board with cheeses, grapes on the vine, pickles, olives, a few varieties of crackers and prosciutto for an impressive spread that your guests will love. You can also make individual charcuterie board jars or small plates that are served with each wine, to make sure the tastings match up seamlessly.
It’s also great to have a nice dessert to finish off the night. Try a sweet treat that pairs well with wine like tiramisu or a fruit tart.
Wine Tasting Games
What a party without entertainment and tons of laughs? Take the stress out of planning and grab these fun, printable wine tasting games for a great night that your guests (and you!) are sure to enjoy.
Included are also cards for taking notes and scoring your favorite wines. You don’t have to use all of these games, but pick a few that will work best with the people you invited and your budget. The five page set includes beautiful colors and a list of supplies that make it easy to shop.
Some favorite games included in the printable set:
I’m Going to a Bar- Similar to “Going on a Bear Hunt” this fun game will test your memory and rhythm skills which makes for a hilarious time, especially after a few cocktails!
Straight Face- Try not to laugh when these silly phrases are read aloud. See who has the best poker face as your guests try not to crack a smile.
You’ll need pencils, strips of paper, a bucket or basket (optional) to put the strips of paper in to play this funny game.
Defy Gravity– Guaranteed to challenge your skills, the goal of this game is to keep balloons in the air longer than your opponents!
Prosecco Pong– Classy pong? Yes, please! For this game you’ll need a larger space to set up the plastic wine glasses, ping pong balls, and extra bottles of prosecco.
Heads Up– Using your phone, download the ‘Heads Up’ app to play this guessing game.
Planning a great party
Host a memorable wine tasting party with fun games and provide an opportunity to try new wines. But before you start planning, here are some tips on how to throw a successful party:
- Choose plate and decoration colors that look nice with wine colors like pink, maroon, red, or even a black or gold accent.
- Make sure there are enough seats or stools available in each area of the house where people might want to sit down, focusing on the area where games will be played.
- Invite friends who like similar things as yourself
- If possible, ask what guests’ dietary restrictions are ahead of time – it’ll save you from having to offer a bunch of different options
- Don’t drink too much before people arrive! You’ll be stuck hosting things without even being present for half the event. Keep one glass on hand so guests know that they can get something to drink when needed, but don’t add more than two glasses – this will prevent you from becoming too tipsy as well.
- Keep extra chairs around in case someone has an unexpected guest show up at the last minute. No one wants to feel like you weren’t expecting them.
I hope these tips along with our wine and cheese party games help you plan the perfect night for your friends and family. For more wine and cheese party ideas that don’t break the bank, check out this post for more ideas to make your gathering your guests are talking about for years to come.
Wine Party Printable
We can’t wait to help you celebrate the Best Wine Party Ideas ever. Keep your guests entertained when hosting a wine tasting party. These Wine Party Ideas Games are clean, fun, and keep the conversation going. Eleven large group party games for adults that only get more lively as the night goes on. These cocktail party games for adults include game instructions and supply list.
Also enjoy a printable set of Wine Tasting Notes and Wine Scorecards. Perfect for the wine connoisseur or the novice drinker at your next dinner party.
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