DIY Wine Tasting Party
I think my most creative invitation to date was creating personalized mini wine labels that detailed the event, then I adhered them to mini bottles of wine. I then carefully packaged each one and shipped them to our guests. This takes a bit of effort and expense, but what a better way to set the scene for an amazing party than sending a sample in the mail?
You can easily create a label in Canva and affix it to a mini bottle of wine. Note- you can't ship wine via USPS....I tried. Here is a sample label that would be a big hit with your guests!
Although pairing appetizers with specific wines might seem overwhelming, it is a lot easier than you might think. Many wines will say what they pair well with in their description, and you can usually find an appetizer that fits the bill. For example, Wine Insiders has a great deal on a Taste of California Premier Red 6-pack for less than $80 through this link. One of the wines, receive- Black Fox Cellars Cabernet- pairs well with savory steaks and burgers. Why not make gourmet sliders if you want something simple, or this recipe for Pepper-Crusted Steak with Horseradish Cream on Grilled Garlic Crostini? YUM!
In terms of an appetizer that pairs well with white, grab this impressive Wines Around the World Whites 12 Pack from Wine Insiders. It includes Fachada Sauvignon Blanc which pairs well with seafood. Since grilling season is just around the corner, make simple Quick Marinated Shrimp Kebabs that guests can eat while mingling.
When in doubt, bacon-wrapped anything is usually a crowd-pleaser!
You could go to the store and spend hours pondering the labels of dozens upon dozens of bottles of wine. Or you could make it easy and order your vino online. Totally up to you, but I prefer to to take the easy route. I work with a company called Maven, which has created a few great deals on wine for a limited time. They are hand-picked by people who actually know what they are talking about, so it takes the guesswork out for you. These aren't wine clubs (although you can join the clubs if you wish, it isn't required). Here are some of my top picks- it is basically a DIY wine tasting party in a box!
Winter Wine 6 Pack
You can offer guests wines from California, Spain, Germany and Italy with this 6 pack of winter wines. I think it would be fun to offer region-specific appetizers to go with each wine! Maybe some bruschetta for Italy, sausage slices with spicy mustard for Germany, mini paellas for Spain and avocado toast for California.
15 Bottle Selection for Girl's Night
Ok, time to invite ALL of your girlfriends over for this one! This selection works out to $6/bottle so it is the perfect selection for a party. Less than 5% of the wines they sample actually make the cut, so you know that they are as ultra-picky as you would be. Every bottle comes with a guarantee- love it, or they will do whatever they have to in order to make it right.
12 Award-Winning Wines
Want to pick your own wines? Barclays has a great selection of award-winning wines that they have selected, and you can choose your own dozen. From all red to mixed to even super premium selections, you have a wide range to choose from.
Want more to choose from? Here is my board at Maven that you can peruse!