I consider myself very lucky to have what I call my “Chicago family.” Emma and I have a wonderful group of friends who we love to spend time and celebrate with whenever we get the chance. In October I decided to host a fall wine party at my apartment. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a great time to get together with your friends and have fun.
I used to attend a Christmas party every year where we played a wine tasting game. I looked forward to it all year long. It is the perfect game for a Friendsgiving, Christmas or New Years party.
Here’s how it works. Instruct your friends to bring two bottles of the same red wine (this just keeps it consistent). You could use all white wine if you prefer. If friends are coming as a couple, they will bring two bottles total, not two bottles each, just so the wine count doesn’t get out of control. You wrap up one of everyone’s bottles in a brown paper lunch bag so no one can tell which wine belongs to who and you write a number on it. At my party, there were ten different wines that were numbered 1-10 randomly. The second bottle is set aside for later.
Place the wine in different rooms of your house or apartment so everyone can spread out while they’re tasting. Your guests go around with paper and pen, giving each wine a rating from 1 to 5; 1 meaning you didn’t enjoy that wine at all, and 5 meaning you want to drink the whole bottle.
Give everyone time to mingle while they’re tasting the wines, and when everyone is finished collect the voting sheets. You add up the ratings of each wine and reveal the bottle that received the highest overall rating. Here’s the really cool part; whoever brought the winning wine gets to take home the second bottle that everyone brought! Talk about a great prize.
Not only is this a blast, it’s a really inexpensive party idea for those of us on a budget. It’s fun to see who wins, the people who grabbed the Two-Buck-Chuck or the people who put a little more time or money into choosing their wine. My boyfriend and I chose our wine with some recommendations from a very friendly Trader Joe’s employee. The red blend we went with was only $4.99 a bottle which I think was a steal.
I’d love to hear if anyone tries this out or has done something similar for their holiday get-togethers. Happy celebrating!