Hosting a Wine Tasting is simple and fun! All you need to do is invite your wine-loving friends, lay out a few nibbles, pour the wine and enjoy as your Wine Consultant guides you through the Tasting. But if you’re feeling creative and a little adventurous, these Wine Tasting themes will delight your guests this season.
Try one of these winning winter Wine Tasting ideas or create your own theme—you’re limited only by your imagination!
1. Girl Scout Cookies & Wine Pairing
Forget the milk. What better way to whittle down your stash of these sweet treats than with a Girl Scout Cookie & Wine Pairing Tasting? Your favorite cookies get a major upgrade when you pair them with wine. Not yet Girl Scout cookie season in your area? Have each guest bring their favorite store-bought cookies to share during the Tasting.
2. Wine Down PJ Party
Settle in and get comfy with a pajama party for grown-ups. After all that holiday hustle and bustle, it’s time to wine down. Lay out some easy snacks and tell your guests to show up wearing their best wintertime pajamas.
3. Cupcakes & Wine Pairing
Let them eat cupcakes and drink wine! Have each guest bring their favorite cupcake to the Tasting and have a sweet time pairing them with different wines. Try donuts if cupcakes aren’t your thing.
4. Fondue Fun
Serve up pretzels, marshmallows, fruit or shortbread cookies with an easy chocolate fondue, or lay out chunks of bread, apples, veggies or crackers with a classic cheese fondue. Have each guest bring an ingredient to keep it simple. It’s warm, easy and oh so delicious when paired with wine!
5. Couples or Singles Night
Now is the perfect time to have a couples-themed Wine Tasting. Have each couple bring their favorite appetizer, cheese or chocolate and match it with their favorite wine at the Tasting. Alternatively, invite your best single friends over for your Wine Tasting. A Wine Tasting is the perfect opportunity to meet new people. TIP: Have each guest take the Vinotype Quiz beforehand, then have everyone share their results during the Tasting to see who has a matching wine personality.
6. Chocolates & Wine Pairing
Chocoholics, rejoice! When people think of wine, they inevitably think of its sweet companion, chocolate. From milk to dark, white to ruby, chocolate & wine is always a good bet for simply sweet fun.
7. Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year officially begins on January 25th, 2020, and ends on February 4th. Have fun with red and gold everywhere! Tabletop decor, lanterns, banners, etc. Have a lucky red envelope for each of the guests (tuck a “golden” coin inside—chocolate coins are okay). Fortune cookies and Chinese food to pair with your wines are a must!
8. Get Popping
Popcorn and wine may sound unlikely, but trust us, it’s delicious, fun and easy! National Popcorn Day is January 19th but this tasty Tasting idea is great all year ’round.
9. Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, refers to the last night of eating rich foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. The day is marked by parties, parades and of course, food and wine. Celebrate Mardi Gras at your Tasting with colorful beaded necklaces and have everyone wear masks, purple, gold and green. Enjoy Cajun-inspired snacks or signature Mardi Gras dishes like King Cake.
10. Pizza Party
National Pizza Day is February 9th, so what better excuse to get your friends together for a good, old-fashioned pizza party (for adults)? Pick up a few pies, or better yet, have them delivered, and make a night of it!
11. Pie & Wine Pairing
Speaking of pie, let’s move on to the sweet kind. National Pie Day is January 23rd. Everyone can bring their favorite pie—homemade or store-bought, and then have fun sipping, swirling and pairing them with award-winning artisan wines. Yum!
12. Wings & Wine Pairing
If you’re down for some messy, spicy, finger-licking good times, then a wings & wine party is perfect for you and your friends. Football season is upon us, so think of this as a warm-up for the big game. Or try a full-on, no-holds-barred tailgate theme, with pretzels, dips, sausages, chili and more!