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Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Wine Tasting

 

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Even though I’m pregnant and not enjoying any wine, that doesn’t mean my friends and family can’t!  My husband and I love entertaining, plus, I don’t think I can think of a friend of ours that would turn down a bite to eat and a great glass of wine. So,  I am sharing a few tips and tricks on how to host your own Wine Tasting at home!

Wine

Crowd favourites lately, I scooped up some Apothic Red, Apothic White, Apothic Dark, Enigma Chardonnary and Engima Cabernet Sauvignon wines available at the LCBO.  Calirfornia grapes with a mix of Full bodied and smooth and aromatic and flavourful notes, there was something for everyone’s palettes.

Food Pairings

The easiest way to put together a platter that will be a slam dunk is to opt for cured meats, olives and cheeses. With a variety of combinations and pairings, your guests are sure to have an exciting mix of flavours.

Stemware

 Offering different shaped glasses for each type of wine can certainly add flair to the experience, but if you are keeping it simple, just be sure to have clear glasses because it is not just about tasting, it is also about sight and smell. Our favourite no fuss stemware are the Riedel stemless glasses for both Viognier/Charonnay and Cabernet/Merlot. Looking for a complete set?  This Riedel wine tasting gift set has all you need.

Temperature

A trick I was taught on a wine tour 2 summers ago was that 15 to 30 minutes before guests arrive, put reds in the refrigerator. Also, take whites and rosés out a few minutes before pouring. Wines still not cold enough? We love using the corkcicle.  Quickly cools down your wine without watering it down.

Notes

Be sure to allow your guests to write their thoughts down.  They might stumble on a new favourite wine or food pairing.  Here are a few great printables here, here and here for you and your guests!

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Have you ever hosted a wine tasting? Let me know all about it in the comments below!

Photography by: Lively Creative Co.

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    Eleni Kyri
    October 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This is so fun! I have never thought about hosting a wine tasting before. Definitely something I will have to put together for my girlfriends.

    Eleni xo

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