Plan a Wine Party

A wine party can be a great way to learn the basics about wine, fine tune your tasting skills, or get exposed to wines around the world that you never knew existed!  It can be as formal or relaxed as you choose.  Just decide whether you want an in-person party (no washing glasses!) or an online party to get started.

Online

What's Included

  • Educational Handouts - Tasting notes, tips for beginners, maps, tasting grid

  • Steve-O - All of my time to prep the tasting notes, coordination, setup

  • Zoom meeting room (or I can use the client's, if preferred)

What You Provide

  • Nothing!

In-Person

What's Included

  • Logistics - Glasses, pourers, corkscrew, aerator, pens, ice bucket, spittoon & yours truly!

  • Educational Handouts - Tasting notes, tips for beginners, maps, tasting grid

  • Steve-O - All of my time to prep the tasting notes, coordination, setup, cleanup and up to 3 hours of time at the party

What You Provide

  • A venue (your home, clubhouse, etc.), your friends, and a positive attitude!

  • We will discuss the theme and the wines you desire, and you will be responsible for covering the cost and shipping/picking up the wines

Wines

 

Brands/Varietals/Countries

After discussing your goals and budget, we can find wines that will meet your needs for occasion, wine style and price point!

Themes

New World/Old World

Same grape varietal, one wine from Europe, one wine from the New World

 

Country Overview (Italy, France, etc.)

Multiple grape varietals from the same country

Bordeaux Breakdown

Explore the grapes that make up a typical Bordeaux blend

Cheap vs. Expensive

Same grape varietal, one inexpensive example vs. one more expensive example

So You Don't Like...

A chance to prove to people that not all Merlot is bad, not all Chardonnay is buttery, etc.

 

Vertical Tasting

Same wine, same producer, multiple vintages

 

Sweet Wines

Sauternes, Port, Tokaji, Muscat, etc.

 

Sparkling Wines

Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant, etc. 

 

Celebrity Producers

Brad Pitt, Coppola, Jim Nantz, Ernie Els, etc.

 

Unusual Varietals

Gruner Veltliner, Mouvedre, Muscadet, Assyrtiko, etc.

 

Power vs. Elegance

Same varietals, different levels of alcohol, tannin, etc.

 

Wine and Food Pairings

Provide wines to match a multi-course dinner or tapas spread

Blind Tasting

Wines will be covered with paper bags and the guests will have to rank them or guess the varietal, year, country, somm-style!

Custom

Create a custom wine party based on your idea