I wanted to give a fun idea for a Valentine’s date this year that you could do with a group of people, your significant other, or you amigos/amigas. A wine tasting party is the way to go for this holiday of love; St. Valentine is from Rome which is in Italy which is where a lot of wine is from. I am going to give you decor, a table setting, and how to have a successful wine tasting in this post so let’s start since you have a lot to get ready.
I love a good table setting and decoration’s I think these two things are what make a party a party. Below I have posted my Polyvore sets for a table setting and decorations and I will post a link for each of them so you can go and see where I found these objects from
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Now that you have that down, let’s move on the main part of a wine tasting, the wine. I always love to do a variety and I also love doing a blind tasting. I do three red, two white, and a sparkling wine to finish. My three go to reds are always a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and a Pinot Noir always full-bodied to light bodied. My two whites are usually a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc which is a medium to light body; sometimes I switch the Sauv Blanc for a Pinot Grigio or Riesling. I love Rose too so if I find a good bottle I will always throw it in the mix but not always and then Champagne. I also love to do a cheese pairing even in the blind tasting. With the above wine’s I will tell you the cheese you should pair each one with. Let’s start with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir so left from right we have Aged Jack that pairs with Cabernet, Chevre Goat Cheese pairs with Pinot Noir, and the Parmesan pairs with Syrah
Next are the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigo, and Riesling cheese pairings. Left to right we have Brie which pairs with Chardonnay, Mozzarella which pairs with Pinot Grigo, Feta pairs with Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling pairs with Blue Cheese.
Last but not least Rose and Champagne my absolute favorites, Rose pairs with Colby Jack and Champagne pairs with Muenster
Other pairs the are natural aphrodisiacs are Sauvignon Blanc pairs with Oysters, Pinot Noir pairs with Salmon and milk chocolate, Champagne pairs with White chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon pairs with Dark Chocolate. Another appetizer I love to do is little Crostini bites. My favorite ones are feta cheese and scallions, spinach, artichoke and Parmesan and tomato basil mozzarella, and balsamic drizzle. The picture on the right is a Crostini if you didn’t know. I drizzle a little avocado oil on them and broil each one of these for 2-3 mins on high to get them a little toasty and melty. You can also make bruschetta I have made this recipe before and it is so easy and really tasty. If you want the recipe click here.
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For a blind wine tasting this package on Etsy is so perfect, if you want to just do it your self I bought brown paper bags and covered each wine bottle and used printable tasting cards I found on Pinterest you can just do simple tasting cards for non-blind wine tasting and you could do “Guess That Wine” tasting cards for a blind wine tasting. I also have wanted to do a wine tasting where each couple brings their favorite bottle of wine or two and everyone judges each bottle! You can always turn these into competitions and give away free tastings to wineries, a nice bottle of champagne, or gift card to a wine store!
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD LOVEY DOVEY & BUBBLY DAY!