Want to host a wine tasting? These top 5 wine party themes will ensure your seriously impress your guests. Save this for when you need a future dinner party idea!
Wine tasting parties are a hit these days. They’re easy to plan, and everyone has a good time sampling, tasting, and even judging different wines. These top five wine party themes will help you plan your own wine tasting party that your friends are surely going to love!
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#1 Big Eight Wine Party Themes
With this unique tasting party, you’ll sip your way through the eight different kinds of wine. You should get some scorecards for this one so you can decide which you prefer.
Then all you need to do is choose one of the “big eight” wines, regardless of the year. these are as follows:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
#2 Sips & Dips
Sips and dips is a natural wine party theme. There are loads of store-bought dips available to make setup super easy (although, making your own is a lot more rewarding!). Check out my full list of appetizers for a wine tasting party.
Gather some matching ramekins, bar spoons, ice buckets, glass charms, and a tablecloth. You can even purchase some wine tasting notebooks to hand out to your guests so they can write down their thoughts as the night progresses.
Crowd-favorite sips and dips pairings
|Crisp Whites||Mexican street corn dip, spinach artichoke dip, or BLT dip|
|Full-Bodied Whites||Crab rangoon dip, smoked Mahi Mahi dip, or Nashville hot chicken dip|
|Full-Bodied Reds||Nashville hot chicken dip, pizza dip, or monster cookie dough dip|
|Semi-Sweet Whites||sweet pineapple dip, cherry cheesecake dip, or pumpkin pie dip|
|Dry Rosé||Baked ricotta dip or crab rangoon dip|
#3 PJs and Popcorn Wine Party Themes
Fancy getting cozy? Host a PJs and popcorn wine party! Whether you love savory or sweet popcorn, this theme will be a real crowd-pleaser. The topping options are endless!
All you need is some slippers, fuzzy pajamas, blankets, plain popcorn, a variety of toppings, wine, and some movie-style popcorn buckets and you’re good to go.
Best pairing options for PJs and popcorn parties
|Off-Dry Whites||apple pie popcorn, bacon chive popcorn, or cinnamon sugar popcorn|
|Light Bodied Reds||Movie theater butter popcorn, date night charcuterie board, or chocolate-covered popcorn|
|Semi-Sweet Whites||Cinnamon sugar popcorn or kettle corn popcorn|
|Sweet Wines||Chocolate-covered popcorn, caramel corn popcorn, or cinnamon sugar popcorn|
|Dry Rosé||Bacon chive popcorn or parmesan rosemary popcorn|
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#4 Cheese and Chocolate
Who doesn’t love cheese and chocolate? This is a wine party that everybody can get behind. You’ll want to have a wide range of rich and light cheeses, switching it up with a bit of spicy chocolate now and again.
For this one, you should purchase a customizable tasting menu and some scorecards so you and your guests can rate the pairings.
Favorite cheese and wine pairings
|Off-Dry Whites||Horseradish cheddar or goat cheese|
|Crisp Whites||Blue cheese, brie, or mozzarella|
|Dry Rosé||Goat cheese or blue cheese|
|Light-Bodied Reds||Smoked gouda or sharp cheddar|
#5 Price Wars Wine Party Themes
For this wine party, you’ll need a variety of affordable and expensive wines. Everybody will taste the wines and then rank them in order from most to least expensive.
You don’t need to purchase much for this one. Although, it’s advised to get some wine notebooks and ranking sheets.
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