Have you ever hosted a wine tasting at your home? It's really quite easy...and fun. We had a dozen people to taste 5 bottles of red wine: Merlot; Malbec; Pinot Noir; Zinfandel and a Cabernet Sauvignon. The son, Ryan, was the sommelier and did a stellar job of mixing up the "pours," serving each pour and keeping the "flow" of the party going. We were each giving an index card to record our "wine thoughts" and ratings of each pour, plus guessing which wine was which. This is not easy considering all the bottles were red and, perhaps ,"tasted" quite similarly (or at least that's what I thought).
We had prizes (restaurant gift cards) to ante up the taste buds. Believe it or not, our best "guessers" got 3 out of 5 correct with the co-champions, Brandon Kocan and "The Best Daughter - Olivia" taking home the "big win prize(s)."
"Musts" include a good hearty meal beforehand (crockpot lasagna) plus lots of appetizers (Ryan's famous wings); hearty laughs and a fun game that everyone could play (we tried a "new" game "What Do You Meme" - similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity). With several young adult men in the house, they like the "Mature Audience" version; however, we definitely needed to tone it down to PG so we could all play (check it out and you'll know what I "meme.")
BSoleille! The bright side of a home wine-tasting party!