Hold A Wine Tasting Party For New Years Eve

Host a Wine Tasting Party
New Years Eve can be a stressful holiday. There’s the massive crowds in New York City, the troves of people that go downtown, and the loud popping of champagne bottles at midnight. But why not hold a wine tasting party for that champagne you’ll guzzle down when the ball drops? It makes sense to want to enjoy the taste of the champagne while also having a less stressful evening with friends.

It turns out that hosting a wine-tasting party isn’t all that difficult. With the right wines, and a few snacks to accent the flavors, you can have a surprisingly low-maintenance New Years Eve! Here are a few tips for your next wine tasting.

What Wines To Include for Your Wine Tasting Party

Should you purchase one bottle or six? Should you include red wines as well as white wines? What about champagne? Truthfully, it’s up to you, but we recommend purchasing more than one bottle for the sake of variety. If you want to have a balanced tasting, include at least three wines—red, white, and bubbly.

Since this is New Years Eve we’re talking about, feel free to have a few bottles of bubbly stocked for when you bring in the New Year.

We do recommend purchasing a few bottles of wine, so feel free to take a look at our wine of the month clubs. Many of them offer a variety of red and white wines in one shipment – and you can order without a club membership for most of them too.

The Plonk Wine Club ships 2-12 wines per month, depending on your needs. They currently have a deal for four wines priced at $89.99, which is a good number for the party.

If you really want to throw a massive event, The Five Seasons wine club has a deal for 12 wines priced at $89.99 plus $19.99 for shipping. Included in the first shipment are two extra wines as well. This is a great deal for those wanting to impress their guests with a lot of wine for a good price.

Make It A Blind Tasting

If you want to add a level of curiosity to the party, make the whole event a blind tasting. All you need are specially made wine bags to cover up the bottles, a few scoring sheets, and a few poker chips.

Hand out the scoring sheets and begin tasting each wine one by one. Make sure to only pour an ounce or two into the glasses so you can really swirl the wine around well. After you’ve tasted and scored all the wines, ask your guests to put a poker chip in front of their favorite one, and then reveal which wine it is!

Provide Some Finger Foods

Whether you’re holding a blind tasting or a regular one, provide some nice finger foods to accent the wine. Go to the supermarket and purchase a variety of cheeses with many different flavor profiles. Compliment the cheeses with nuts, dried fruits, and crackers as well.

Feel free to also provide grapes, strawberries, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables to the mix. Go ahead and search some tasty recipes for your next tasting online!

Quick Lesson In Tasting

You can have all the ingredients of a good tasting, but you actually need to know how to taste wine when it comes down to it. Here are some quick pointers.

  • Take a look – Simply looking at the wine in the glass can give you some hints about what the upcoming taste. Is the wine dark or translucent? Does it have sediment floating around when you swirl the glass?
  • Smell – Swirl the wine for about 10-12 seconds to help the alcohol vaporize and then take a quick sniff.
  • Repeat – Swirl the wine again and take a deep inhale to get a second impression of the wine.
  • Taste – Hold the wine in your mouth while inhaling air. It might make a bit of a slurping sound, but who cares, you’re with your friends! This process really aerates the wine giving it the best flavor.
  • This is a fun way to switch up the normal New Years Eve routine. Who knows, your guests might like it so much that they’ll want to host it at their house next year, which is awesome for you! Don’t forget to take a look at our wine of the month clubs to get a good deal on a group of bottles.

    If you are an avid host, we recommend looking into our list of the best wine clubs for case shipments – that way you always have great wines in stock for your next event.

    Thomas Kuegler is a Senior Editor/Researcher with Revuezzle and originally hails from Baltimore, MD, where he received his degree in Marketing. Despite loving Baltimore-indigenous pit beef and being an avid Oriole's fan, he recently decided to take residency in Orlando, FL. In his free time he enjoys reading, watching any movie that's being shown in theaters, and hunting down opportunities to take a picture with Pluto at Magic Kingdom. In the future he aspires to be a published author and write a movie script for the ages.

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