Chow Time: Organizing a Wine Tasting Party

I’ve always wanted to host a wine tasting party, but it always seemed too complicated to execute. Thanks to Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach, she has put together a few simple tips on planning a fun evening for you and your guests.  You don’t need to buy a case of wine, have an expert on hand, or know anything about wine. You just need to taste and enjoy!

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Want to have an at-home wine tasting that does not require tons of effort? Consider having a blind tasting party where each guest brings a bottle of wine and a dish. Look below for a variety of themes you can use but there are so many more!

Check out this video where Laurie tells you how:

More than a year’s worth of themes for tastings:

  • The Big Six Tasting – Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet
  • ABC: Anything but Chardonnay or Cabernet
  • Wines You Can’t Pronounce
  • Spanish Reds
  • Chianti Classico
  • Italian Pinot Grigio vs. Oregon Pinto Gris
  • Oregon Pinot Noir vs. Red Burgundy
  • A Groovy Tasting – Grüner Veltliners from Austria
  • Syrah (aka Shiraz) for all over the world
  • Australian Shiraz
  • Think Pink with Roses
  • Bubbly 101: Sparklers from around the world
  • Champagne: The Real Stuff
  • Ice Wine Tasting
  • Rebels Without a Cork®: Screw Cap Wines

Remember as the old proverb states, ‘Over a bottle of wine many a friend is made.’



Laurie Forster -

Laurie Forster is one of the country’s leading wine experts whose mission is to demystify wine one glass at a time. The queen of wine edu-tainment, she is also the author of the award-winning book, The Sipping Point and a regular guest on radio shows across the country, including Martha Stewart Radio.

A businesswoman, a busy mother of an eight-year-old daughter, and wife of a chef who travels the world, she is constantly juggling it all and is never afraid to laugh at herself. The opposite of a wine snob, Laurie grew up in New Jersey drinking wine coolers and beer.  It wasn’t until she moved to New York and became successful in software sales that she turned her attention to wine after hosting far too many client dinners where she was faced with phone book-sized wine lists.

She began her wine career in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association.  Laurie has since earned an Advanced Certificate with Merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and has trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Today, Laurie travels the country speaking to corporate groups like Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.  More info at You can find her on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube as well.

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One Response to Chow Time: Organizing a Wine Tasting Party

  1. cam says:

    this has been on my list of things to do for some time now. these are great tips. seems easy enough.

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