Of course, you’ll need plenty of wine glasses for your wine-tasting party. A good glass can really make a wine come alive, so make sure you’ve got a nice sized glass; a 10-oz bowl is just about the smallest I would recommend.
Sorry but there's no better way to say it, we're looking for spit cups!
Depending on what kind of a party you’re throwing, and how many wines you’re serving, you might want to consider offering spit cups to your guests. Nothing fancy here: I use 16-oz plastic cups, not the clear ones -- for obvious reasons. And while I’m on that subject, the reason I use nice ceramic wine coolers for dump buckets is because nobody wants to see that stuff!
A grease pencil
Huh? Well, I could have written wine charms here -- you know, those little trinkets you dangle from your wine glass -- but what is the point? Does anyone really think it’s a good idea to associate a particular glass of wine with a particular trinket? Asking me to remember which trinket goes with which wine… well, that’s just crazy talk! With a grease pencil I can write the name of the wine on the base of the glass so no matter how crazy I get I can still identify what’s in my glass.
Since we're talk about writing things down, you should provide your guests with sheets so that they can write down their thoughts about each wine: color, aromas, flavors, texture, finish, etc. Make sure to leave enough space for sloppy writing. If you can, include the name and price of each wine so your guests only have to decipher their part of the puzzle the following morning.
The Wine Aroma Wheel
All you need now is a theme. You can wing it and just choose some of your favorite wines, or else plan it out a bit. Try a vertical tasting: a tasting of the same wines over a span of vintage. Or how about a horizontal tasting – a tasting of similar wines from the same vintage? There are some great holidays coming up and you can even try a theme like the best gimmick wines for Halloween! Or, along those lines, how about the best wines to go with mini Snickers bars or Laffy Taffy?
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