Bring the best of wineries to your event with a virtual wine tasting party! Even if your goal is to simply have a good time, you and your guests will learn the nuances of wine and what they like (and don’t like!), all while spending time together. It’s much easier than it sounds, and we’ve put together a guide on how to host a virtual wine tasting in just 5 steps.
- Choose a platform
- Pick your wines
- Create tasting cards
- Set the mood
- Add some snacks
While Zoom might have defined 2020 and become a standard, it isn’t the only option for your virtual wine tasting party. Microsoft Teams or Google Hangouts are other great choices, and even FaceTime or Discord will work well. Whatever platform you choose, make sure to give your guests instructions on how to download it, just in case.
Red or white? French or Chilean? In the world of wine, there’s a multitude of delicious options each offering their own flavor and history. You can travel through tasting, taking your guests around the world just by drinking Sauvignon Blanc. Or try your hand at tasting and then making your own fortified wine for an even more unique experience with an expert.
Use something as simple as a Google sheet for something more collaborative or a template as a tasting card. This is a place for guests to record their impressions and rate the wines. Include information about each wine you’re tasting such as where it’s from, what year, and what flavor notes they should be picking up.
A virtual wine tasting party needs the right vibes— that means music and backgrounds. Based on your wines, you can ask guests to use backgrounds of Italian or Australian vineyards, or the wine caves of Portugal. The wine region can also help with music choice. Spanish guitar for a virtual Spanish wine tasting? Count us in!
It’s not necessary, but what’s a good party without snacks? Turn your virtual wine tasting into a wine and cheese pairing by choosing some selections to snack on as your drink. Olives, salami, fruit, and even chocolate all taste great with wine!
There you have it— everything you need to throw the best virtual wine tasting party. It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking red, white, or rosé, you’re going to have a good time!