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Host Your Own Wine Party

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A wine tasting party is a fun way for you and your guests to learn how to appreciate and enjoy a wide variety of wines. But it is important to follow some guidelines before you start.

Here are some general hints on hosting a wine party from the experts at B&G Cuvée Spéciale:

  1. Try not to have more than 10 people on your invitation list so that everyone can get to taste each bottle.

  2. Have the right glasses and have enough of them. The ideal is one glass per person per bottle, but if not, have at least two glasses per person.

  3. There is actually no standard limit to the number of different wines that should be tasted, but there are diminishing returns after six bottles. Chances of a wild drinking binge breaking out are higher whenever there is too much alcohol.

  4. Have enough plain water ready because drinking too much wine can be dehydrating. Carbonated water is very helpful to rinse the glass and remove the taste from the mouth as well.

  5. Serve crackers or bread to accompany the wines.

  6. Have an empty pail ready for people to spit out excess wine.

  7. Try to hold the party in a comfortable environment (for example: an air-conditioned living room, or on the deck or patio on a warm summer evening). If your guests are too cold or too warm it may lessen their enjoyment of the wines.

  8. The right mood is also essential and often creates a much more enjoyable and fun tasting session. Have the right lights and soft background music (Jazz or Classical).

  9. Have paper and pens ready for guests to scribble down their tasting notes.

  10. Finally, have fun. Don't make it into a snob event ­ in which case it will be the last wine tasting event you'll ever host.

For more information on entertaining look for the B&G Cuvée Spéciale Summer Entertaining tips in the food section of the website.

B&G wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and value. The B&G collection includes a broad range of classic wines from the greatest wine regions of France.


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