Are you thinking of playing host and planning a wine party? It is not as easy as it sounds and the options are virtually endless. If you stepped into the role of being hostess this year we hope you get the most out of this article as we have some ideas for making it easy for you and fun for them. So relax as TOT has your back and we say go for it and enjoy a tasty night and we hope we made it a little less stressful and easy for you.
First, if this is your first time just breathe and lets go over some easy options as every one has a way they like to enjoy their grapes! Just have fun and enjoy the evening taking in great food, enjoying good friends and you will have a great time. For many home is the safest and best place to get corked so while uncorking several varietals and tasting them always try to have some kind of theme, and depending on your guests taste more common wines may be the best place to start and just as a rule of thumb, If you are not familiar with some guests, make sure NO ONE goes away impaired just because it doesn’t take much to get a DUI! I had a friend who only liked wine slumber parties and they seemed to have a blast as they all hunkered down with some great wines and a good drinking movie like Sideways, etc. Could be fun as it sometimes turns into one anyway – be prepared.(personally I think it is not a bad idea for a theme actually- safe one anyway)
Themes Are Always A Plus and a bit more fun for your guests and can make for an easy selection as choosing wines and snacks easier Well let’s face it, with the approx 2 million ways, choices and ideas not yet discovered practically anything goes and no question is a bad one! Get a referral from a knowledgeable, known local wine guru and make sure he/she can be creative and fun.
MIX IT UP – highlight a variety for your beginners and more refined wine fot your snobs. Have classic old world wines compared to new emerging wines popular in wine culture right now. You can choose them all from one particular wine-producing region, or get the blindfold out and your old globe and spin that baby, selecting a variety of wines from a variety of locations – See If they can find their way home or map it out first.
Fondues Are Always Fun great way to engage people that are meeting for the first time and most of the time the food and wine are fairly even and it is fairly inexpensive even when using Fine Imported Cheeses. It is really a very economical way to serve dinner where every one is sure to have a great time. Grab a few Port wines to go with chocolate fondue. (Lorimar Winery has a excellent port you may want to give it a swirl). Every one loves cheese and wine and FONDUE PARTIES are making a comeback. I just got four very nice ceramic fondue pots and this makes for the most classic of wine parties, friends take a dip in the cheesy pool while sampling various wines – now I am getting jealous. I have a dessert fondue I will post for you. Take some time to research which cheeses go best with which wines, ask a local wine aficionado if needed.
Does Price Make For Nice? Compare by price and as this helps keep them engaged while deciding if price does matter. Try a few higher ends wine as they go head to head against local ones as you can select by picking very common label and table wines. see if your guests can tell the difference and be sure to make some fun forms with their names, get their reviews and you can even add pictures and make everyone a really nice keepsake Serving hand them a glass ready to go as they cross old utilizable lubricant setting the mood straight (more Like a little wobbly). great icebreaker and gets the party started instantly. Pick up a nice bottle of wine and offer a prize for the winner of whatever you want to make it. any member of AA would reminisce back to the days of yest er year when drinking was just a game.
I would like to propose a toast: To Temecula where wine is a passion, labor of love and very sincere craft. Thanks to all the winemakers and owners that help make living in the Valley more enjoyable as we spend the holidays with friends and family and we truly have a lot to give thanks for. When we come back from Thanksgiving JHoliday we have a great referral program for you as we introduce new people to our wonderful valley, We wish you the best and have a s great time reminding you to Eat, Drink & Be Merry.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS – Taste of Temecula.