What better way to enjoy your patio than with good wines and good friends! There are so many ways to enjoy your outdoor space and this fall we are all about the outdoor wine party. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a casual novice, here are some great tips for bringing together your friends and hosting a lovely evening in your backyard, enjoying good wine and good conversation.
One of the best things about wine sampling parties is that the sampling encourages conversation. You want to have a great seating arrangement, making it easy for your guests to converse about all the delicious wines they are trying. Keeping the guest list small is also a good idea for making conversation easy.
Send out the invites and be sure to mention if there will be food provided or people need to eat in advance. Even if you aren’t planning on serving a full meal, we definitely recommend doing something fun, like a charcuterie board, to pair cheeses, meats, and chocolates with your wines. Check out this list of best cheese and wine pairings.
If this is your first outdoor wine party and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with all the wine choices, consider choosing a theme for your wines. For example, a Spanish wine theme, choosing 4-6 wines from Spain and then continue with the theme by pairing Spanish wines with Spanish cheese. Or consider serving tapas, small savory appetizers that are traditional to Spain.
And finally, it’s important at the end of the night that everyone gets home safely. With sampling 4-6 wines, it’s a must for your guests to use an option like Lyft or Uber to get home after the party.
These few easy tips will help you make your first outdoor wine party a huge success!