Spring is finally within reach. Celebrate with Wine Tastings and friends. For maximum fun and a sure-fire way to engage guests, choose a theme. If you’re feeling creative and in the mood to shake things up with the start of the season, here are ten spring-ready Tasting themes to inspire you!
A Danish term, hygge (pronounced “HOO-guh”) has long been considered part of the national character of Denmark. For the past few years the idea has swept America, and it’s easy to see why. Hygge is about being comfortable and content while you enjoy the good things in life with good people. Which aligns perfectly with wine, of course!
This month, bring hygge into your life with a cozy Tasting that welcomes your guests with comfortable surroundings, delicious artisan wines, tempting food and wonderful people. We’ve gathered tasty recipes and pairings and created a dreamy playlist. Have fun with the atmosphere. Make it soothing with pleasant lighting (candles encouraged) and a table inspired by nature (baskets, greenery). Ask everyone to dress casually (think sweaters, soft pants, woolly socks and pajamas). Then raise your glasses and enjoy every moment. Skoal!
Get comfy & cozy with a heart-soothing playlist of tunes that pair perfectly with a glass of wine and me-time:
2. Color & Sip
Idea: Let your guests choose from a selection of “grown up” coloring books and plenty of crayons/colored pencils. Then they can forget all their cares and color away as they taste and hear about the wines.
3. Game of Thrones
Idea: A pre-viewing GoT Tasting. The final season nears. Invite devoted fans to gather with food, wine and appropriate decor (and costumes, if you’re so inclined). When the show begins, your Wine Consultant can slip away and leave you and your friends to enjoy the rest of the wine.
4. March Madness
Idea: College basketball fans are truly giddy this month. It’s a slam dunk to throw a pre-game Wine Tasting they won’t forget. Plenty of finger foods, plenty of wines, team spirit definitely required. Have everyone come in their team colors. Draw or print out brackets to track your favorite wines during the Tasting. Place your bet if you dare.
Idea: Easter is April 21st this year. Plan your Easter dinner in advance by serving Easter foods and finding the best wine pairings. Or go full-on cute with chicks, pastels, painting Easter eggs and chocolate Easter treats. Bonnets optional.
6. Get Jelly with It
Idea: Jelly Belly Day is April 22nd. Pair those gourmet jelly beans you can’t resist with our well-loved artisan wines. Professional suggestions here. Experiment with your own pairings and vote for the best!
7. Toast to Earth Day
Idea: Gather and offer a toast to the planet. It’s the only planet with wine, after all! Earth Day is April 22nd. If weather permits, have an outdoor Tasting on the patio, porch or in the backyard. Use eco-friendly table and dinnerware. Invite guests to stay after the Tasting to do crafts with the corks, bottles or labels. For inspiration on recycling your wine bottles, follow us on Pinterest.
8. Bridal Shower Bliss
Idea: Wedding season is fast approaching. First, get the go-ahead from the bride about the theme. Classic, rustic, contemporary…other? Then have a fabulous time creating a Tasting with all the girly trimmings. Pick wines for serving on the wedding day, to pair with the wedding cake or to give as gifts. Getting married this spring? Try our Personalized Wines for the big day.
9. Spring Wine Training
Idea: Spring Training is underway. And baseball fans celebrate at the drop of a cap. Toss out some invitations, rustle up some munchies to enjoy with our wines and you have a P-A-R-T-Y. (Chardonnay + peanuts, Sparkling + Cracker Jacks, Zinfandel + hot dogs).
10. Ladies (and Lads) Who Brunch
Idea: Mimosas anyone? Add a Sparkle Custom Pack to your Wine Tasting Sampler and set up a mimosa station with dishes of fruit and bottles of fruit juices to accompany the sparkling wine. Ask your Wine Consultant about how to add a Custom Pack to your Sampler. Serve brunch-time favorites as small bites or have everyone bring their favorite brunch-time dish.