Looking for a fun girls’ night in? I recently hosted a blind wine tasting party that was a huge hit! A blind wine tasting is exactly what it sounds like: You try different wines without knowing anything about them. There are a few different ways to host a party like this, but if you want someone to take some of the work off your plate, follow my quick and easy steps:
1. Create a Guest List
The first step in any party is to determine your guest list. The size of the party will dictate how many bottles you need. My blind wine tasting party had twenty guests and was on a weeknight, so ten bottles (one bottle of each type of wine) was more than enough.
2. Assign the Wines
I chose to go with five white wines (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc) and five red wines (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon); and I assigned a type of wine to each guest and asked them to bring one $10-15 bottle.
3. Print Tasting Cards
Here’s where I can save you some time! I didn’t like anything I found online, so I created my own tasting card. The inside spread gives a quick description of all of the wine types we were tasting, as well as space to take notes and guess the type of wine. The back has some simple explanations of wine characteristics for novices. All you have to do is print them out and fold them in half.
4. Gather the Supplies
Here’s what you’re going to need (other than the wine and snacks, of course):
Something to drink out of. I provided plastic cups because I don’t have a dishwasher, but if you’re fancy, you can use real wine glasses. You should also provide some plates, napkins and utensils for the snacks.
Something to cover the bottles. I used paper lunch bags, but you can also use aluminum foil or wine bags.
A spittoon—or as we called it, a dump cup. Ten glasses of wine will probably get you drunk. On that note, make sure you have water on hand.
Pens for guests to take notes on the tasting card.
Optional: Prizes. I provided bottles of wine as prizes to the two guests who guessed the most types of wine correctly. They both got 8 out of ten—not too shabby!
5. Set Up
Use a pen or Sharpie to number the paper bags. (I did “White #1,” etc.) As your guests arrive with wine, put them in a room out of view and once you have all of the bottles, slip them into your labeled bags and start serving your first bottle! (Tip: I was a little heavy handed with the first bottle and a lot ended up in the dump cup. Start with really small portions and offer more to those who want it.)
Have you hosted a blind wine tasting party? Tell me about it in the comments!