Easy guide to hosting a successful online Wine Tasting

Looking for some wine tasting event ideas? Why not host your own? Here is your fail-proof guide to hosting an online wine-tasting party! 

Online wine tastings are an easy and great way to learn something, have fun and share an experience when distance doesn’t allow. Here is our guide for making sure you have the best night’s fun – without leaving home!

 

1) Make sure everyone has the same wines.

Whilst it can be fun to talk about what each person on the call has in their glass, you just can’t beat everyone having the same wine (just as you would if you were at a restaurant together). Buying the same label is a way of sharing an experience without being in the same place. For your at home online wine tasting, choose wines that can be easily sourced. If your guests are all living in different countries, you might want to choose a couple of wines (we think 3 is the minimum for a wine-tasting) including some broad varieties such as Prosecco, rosé from Provence, Rioja Riserva, that everyone should be able to find easily in supermarkets.

2) Choose the right platform

If you’re hosting an online event, the technology and a great wifi connection is essential. There are so many platforms out there and many offer free services. We love Zoom because we can also use breakout rooms which means that you can also make smaller groups for more cosy chats.

3) Send out recipes

Wine is supposed to be with food, that’s the whole point (so said Julia Child) so make sure you send out some tasty recipes and snack pairings to go with your virtual wine tasting. It’ll be fun to try regional recipes and attempt something you wouldn’t usually do. There may be some culinary disasters but that’s what’ll make it memorable! On our first ever dinner date a guest tried traditional recipe of Maultasche but they disintegrated and it looked more like soup – we still remember it!

Choose your wine and food pairings to make a great online wine event. Red wine bottles with a notebook and a cheese board and other foods surrounding a sommelier making a meal plan

4) Delegate an expert for each wine.

  • Our events are hosted by Sommeliers or wine producers that give our guests all the stories behind the labels and background to the region. If you don’t have an « expert » in your group, delegate researching a few facts (even better when they’re fun trivia) about each wine to a different person – especially the extroverts who could be encouraged to make a show of it! Give them the task of finding out five fun things about the wine.This can be: 
  • 1) something about the grape,
  • 2) the way it’s made,
  • 3) the region or town it is produced in,  
  • 4) the wine 
  • 5) the producer.

5) Make it fun!

Wine isn’t supposed to be too boring! It is also very subjective. What each of us can taste and smell is shaped by our life experiences. Wine-tasting is about provoking a discussion and bringing people together. We love to love add to Quaranvino events with polls, word clouds, rankings and quizzes. Anything that will get your guests talking - especially when opinions differ!

6) Add in a prize!

Whether it’s something totally spontaneous or something that they can prepare for guests love a gift – which doesn't always need to be something physical, get creative! We’ve used themes such as the best hat, wigs and the most Christmassy outfit you can find (won by a guy with a father-Christmas patterned three-piece suit – yes, really!!) to get our guests doing something a little different. We’ve also had completely spontaneous giveaways offered by producers when they just really liked the vibe in the group!

 

If you would prefer someone else looks after the preparation, logistics, and organisation to make for a successful online wine-tasting, drop us a line and we’ll organise your next online wine tasting! Just write to us via our contact form and we’ll get back to you to discuss how we can make your online wine tasting happen!

 

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