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August 22, 2014

Wine Tasting Party

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A few weeks ago I hosted a wine tasting party for a group of ladies I’m honored to know.  This group gathers together to laugh, love on each other and most importantly raise money for women’s education.  We are all apart of the PEO sisterhood.

My husband’s office is the perfect place to host this event.  It’s quiet, already clean, and has a beautifully landscaped backyard.  See!

wine tasting -Iverson Reuvers

This is our second annual Wine Tasting event.  Last year, the ladies hosting knew exactly what they were doing… I’ve never hosted one so it was all new to me.  Where do I start?  Pinterest, naturally.

I scanned Pinterest for some fun recipe ideas.  I wanted something super simple that looked fabulously hard.  Basically anything delicious that I could throw together as soon as I arrived.  And viola!  It’s served.  No mess, no fuss.

Wine tasting - food{My Menu}  I tried to use Pinterest but I’m terrible at following recipes… so basically I just threw these ingredients together.  It turned out pretty well, I must say.

Tomato Basil Spinach Salad (Balsamic dressing)

Garlic Basil Pruchutto Strawberry bites

Cheese Tray:  Smoked Gouda, Parmesan, Harvarti Dill (a friend helped out and brought this!)

Fruit platter:  Honey Drizzled Sea Salt Pears, Strawberries, Midnight Beauty Grapes

Baguette slices with 2 dipping sauces:  Fig & plum preservatives

All Natural Roasted Almonds

Dark Chocolate, Chili Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate mini bars

wine tasting partyIf you’ve ever been to a wine tasting party, you know the drill… but if this is new to you; here’s the low-down.

Each guest grabs a Wine Tasting Score sheet, pen, plate of tasty treats and a sample of wine (that’s disguised in a bag).  Each wine bag is labeled with a number for recording purposes.  The guests laugh, sip, chat all the while they are tasting each wine, making marks on their score sheet after each glass has been scrutinized by their taste buds.  In between different wines you should rinse your glass and cleanse your palette by taking a drink of water or eating another bite.

I have to be completely honest here… because that’s what this blog is all about.  Keepin’ it real.  But the end of our wine tasting event didn’t go as planned.

This is what is suppose to happen at the end of a Wine Tasting party.

After everyone has sampled each wine, they total their score card.  Turn them into the hostess for some quick calculations.  A winner is announced when the bottle of wine is then revealed to the group.  Usually laughing and clapping ensues.  Frankly because everyone has been drinking and enjoying life all night, so the littlest things are simply amusing.

Then you reveal the remaining bottles one by one.  It’s also fun to give multiple prizes.  For instance, the lowest scoring wine, the cheapest tasting wine, the sweetest wine, etc.

This is what actually happened on this particular night.  We talked WAY too long and sampled/scored WAY too slowly and some people had to leave before we were done.  So the remaining guests just started pulling off the bags and revealing them to each other.  We discussed them, figured out who scored the highest {Congrats Tracey!} and then poured another glass.  We sat back and got caught up on each other lives.  No big winning announcement.  No prizes.  No recording who brought which wine.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Yet it was just as lovely.   So even if your Wine Tasting Party doesn’t go as planned, it’s OK… it’s just a party amongst friends.

And a bonus photo of my baby girl {who came out to say HI at one point in the evening}.  Just because I love her and think she’s so stinkin adorable.

my baby

If you haven’t gone to a wine tasting party, you should.  It’s entertaining… and it feels sooo glam.  😉

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