How to host an online wine tasting!
Looking for some wine tasting event ideas? Why not host your own? Hosting an online wine tasting party is a fun way of bringing people together. Whether you know a lot or very little about wine, they are a great way to learn something, have fun and share an experience when distance doesn’t allow.
If you’re looking to host your own online wine tasting as a virtual meet-up for family and friends, here are our top tips for making sure you have the best night’s fun – without leaving home!
Quaranvino ‘s Top tips for organising an online wine tasting:
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, we think that you just can’t beat everyone having the same wine (just as you would if you were at a restaurant together). Buying the same wine is a way of sharing the same experience without being in the same place. For your home-made online wine tasting, choose wines that can be easily sourced, such as popular wines from supermarkets. 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, and then everyone should be able to find them easily.
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!
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 something about the grape, the way it’s made, the region or town it is produced in, the wine 4) the producer.
5) Make it fun!
Wine isn’t supposed to be too boring and wine is super 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 like the idea but you would prefer someone else looks after the preparation, logistics, and organisation, drop us a line and we’ll organise your next online wine tasting! Whether it be to celebrate a family occasion, for as a social gathering for a group or members-club or as a team-building experience, we’d love to find the perfect way to celebrate in style and bring you together over wine. 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!