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How to: Host a wine party with great prizes!

Here’s a fun idea for a wine party and this game has great prizes!

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You don’t have to be an expert to host a wine tasting. Invite your guests to a fun wine party they will love!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Decide on a price range for the wine to keep it fair (ex. $15 – $20 a bottle). You can also decide on a theme. Keep it all one variety (like Shiraz or Cabernet), just reds, only whites, or (if you’re celebrating something special) make it a champagne tasting party!
  2. Each guest brings two bottles of the same wine.
  3. When your guests arrive, use a marker to write their name on one of the bottles. That bottle is for tasting. The second is put to the side as a prize.
  4. Remove the foil and corks from the top of the wines for tasting.
  5. Place each bottle in a paper bag making sure that anything identifiable is covered.
  6. Mark each bag with a number.
  7. Everyone tastes each wine, rates them, and writes down notes (download our free tasting notes sheet below).
  8. When tasting is done, everyone decides their top 3 wines.
  9. Score the wines using points: #1 gets 3 points, #2 gets 2 points, #3 gets 1 point
  10. The person who brought the wine that gets the most points wins 1st prize. The second most points gets 2nd prize and third gets the 3rd prize.

Prizes:

You can divide the prizes however you like depending on how many bottles you have.

With 12 bottles for example:
1st prize = 6 bottles
2nd prize = 4 bottles
3rd prize = 2 bottles

You could also do a winner takes all prize.

Some tips / things to remember:

  • Make sure you have enough pens
  • Make sure you have a wine glass for each guest
  • Have a light cocktail (like sangria or champagne punch) to serve while your guests are waiting for everyone to arrive.
  • Tell everyone to arrive on time or wait till everyone has arrived to start. Otherwise, if someone is late, their wine will be easily recognizable.
  • Space out the bagged bottles in the room you are hosting the party. Create mini tasting stations to create a nice flow and so everyone isn’t crowded into one area.
  • You can serve appetizers but you’ll also want bread for cleansing your palate between tastings.
  • Remember to read the wine notes at the end. It’s usually very funny. Especially when you and your friends aren’t wine experts.

We’ve put together a wine tasting notes sheet for you to download free:

QueShirazTastingSheet

This sheet works perfect for this game!

TIP: If you have more then 12 bottles: Give each guest 2 tasting note cards and label them A and B. The wines would then be numbered 1A – 12A and 1B – 12B

 

 

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