Sunday, January 31, 2010

Great Grapes Wine Tasting Party

Drinking wine is one of life's simple pleasures.  A good glass of wine at the end of the day can relieve stress, bring out the flavors in a home-cooked meal, and bring together friends.

There are so many varieties of wine available today. From the most educated wine enthusiast to novices like myself, most drinkers of wine will profess to prefer one variety over another. Putting these preferences to the test can make for an enjoyable evening with friends.  Invite a small group over for a wine tasting exercise to put everyone's palette through a blind tasting.

Start by selecting 3 varieties of wine, like Malbec, Shiraz and Merlot.  Cover the labels of each with paper; we used a cut up brown paper bag.  Using PlaceTile WineTags (you'll need 3 for each guest) write the name of each variety on a tag so that every guest has one tag for each variety.  Let guests sip and sample each wine to try and figure out which variety they are tasting.  Then have them place the varietal WineTag on the bottle they think it matches.
Once everyone has voted, you can unveil the bottles and see who got it right & who got it wrong.  You can even spice up the competition by giving a bottle of wine to the person who got the most correct.  It makes for a fun evening and really gets the conversation going. You can add some wine knowledge to evening by printing out information about each wine and grape that you have selected.   Cellar Notes is a great site for inforation about wines.

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