Wine Tasting Party
“This is a new twist for us. We received such a fun letter from a member we wanted to share it with everyone. Her cover letter closed with; “……keep up the good work on finding us quality wines to sip each month.”
The enclosure reads as follows.
“Recently, for my assistant’s 30th birthday, I decided to throw her small party. Our group of mutual friends know Ron, my husband, and I are enthusiastic wine tasters and they are always coming to us for wine suggestions for various functions they may attend. Since our friendship began, Ten-i, my assistant, has also getting into the wine scene. So, I decided to have a wine tasting party of my own. Ron and I have attended numerous tastings in the past so we felt we could conduct one of our own. What a way to broaden our friends horizons about wine!
On the invites, I stated the usual party info and added the varietal of wine I wanted each guest to bring. We sent out 8 invites: 3 were asked to bring a Chardonnay, 3 were asked to bring a White Zinfandel, and 2 were asked to bring a Reisling. Ron and I also contributed a Reisling.
I borrowed a couple of banquet tables and arranged place settings of 3 small glasses for each guest, a wine tasters note sheet, pencil, and, of course, our favorite wine crackers and dump bucket.
As our guests arrived, each with their selection of wine, my husband Ron “browned sacked” and marked each wine. We started our tasting by teaching our guests about swirling, smelling, then tasting each wine. Starting with the Chardonnays, we all shared comments (good and bad) and dumped when necessary. Everyone enthusiastically jotted down their comments! After tasting each varietal, we voted the most popular with a show of hands. The guest that brought that wine got a round of applause.
Our guests left that evening with a new energy about wines and tasting. I think I have them hooked! One of the gals in our group wants to make this a bimonthly event, with each host/ hostess suggesting different varietals. Next time we do reds.”
Sounds like everyone had a good time and that’s what counts! It is a pleasure for us to hear about our members taking upon themselves to explore this fascinating world. For anyone who is interested in hosting a party such as this the Wine of the Month Club has a nice document that many members have used to host such an event. Call us and we will be happy to send it to you. The objective, of course, is to have fun, meet with friends and enjoy the world of wine.
P K Jr.
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