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How to Organise a Virtual Wine Tasting Party

how to organise a virtual wine tasting

Wine tastings have always been a fantastic way to have fun with friends at home and to discover new wines.  Lockdown made this impossible to do but a new way of spicing up a dinner party emerged. The virtual wine tasting dinner party.  So how does it work?  Well we’ve gathered here 6 easy steps to help you how to organise a virtual wine tasting.

Choose the Wine Tasting Party Location

There are different ways to carry out a wine tasting.  You can all get together in one place, such as your house, and connect with the winery via just one computer. The only thing to take into account here is how many people will be taking part to ensure that you order the right amount of bottles.  We recommend an average of 6 people maximum per wine tasting kit. If there are more guests then just order an extra set of bottles with the tasting kit.

Alternatively, you may want to hook up with friends on the other side of the country or the world for a chat and laughs.  Instead of a normal zoom chat you can have a virtual tasting on zoom.  Just order two kits and one will be sent to your house and another to your friend’s house. In fact you can connect with as many friends as you like. Just order as many kits as you need and choose a time for all of you to connect with the winery.  We recommend an early evening or a lazy weekend lunch.

Choose the wine

Think about the type of night you want to organise   If you are organising a dinner party or snacks for the tasting then you’ll probably be thinking about a good wine pairing.  You can even ask the winery for suggestions.  Or maybe you’re all white wine fans and want to try a mix of great whites with different grape varieties or different techniques such as white wines fermented in barrels.  Perhaps your friends are big ecological wine fans or maybe they look for limited fine wines.  Whatever your taste, browse through the types of wines that best suit your taste and buy the tasting kit and organise the time.

Give yourself time before your wine tasting event

Remember that you will be receiving your wines directly from the winemaker and this could require an international shipment.  So, make sure you organise your tasting event with plenty of time for you and all your friends to get your wines delivered before your event.

Set the scene

Once your virtual wine tasting kits have arrived then make sure you follow the winery’s storage and serving suggestions to ensure the wines are at their optimal temperature for the tasting.  You’ll be sent a tasting sheet to be able to make your own notes and observations about the wines technical notes but also importantly, how it makes you feel, what it reminds you of?  You may want to set the table and light some candles even if it’s just you and the winemaker.  Treat yourself, it’s a special occasion.  

If you are holding a dinner party at your house you could put out place names with the tasting sheets.  It’s a memorable experience that you’ll all cherish.  It’s so much more than simply opening a good bottle of wine and enjoying it with friends.  You’ll learn about its history, its land and its unique characteristics.  Every bottle of wine is unique and every virtual wine tasting experience is unique and personal.

Check your connection

Make sure you take a look at the winemakers instructions on how to connect.  Double check that you’ve got the right platform you’ve agreed on, e.g. Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting etc.  Ensure that you have the latest software on your computer and open it up to familiarise yourself with it.  Check your webcam and microphone is working.  Think about the environment, if there’s a large group then you’ll probably want speakers, though if it’s just a one on one connection then headphones will be fine.  You might want to carry out your tasting on the phone or beam it to your TV or watch it on your Smart TV.  

Enjoy the show

Finally, and most importantly, crack open the bottle and enjoy this original and fun experience.  Connect directly with the local producer from wherever you are in the world and share a unique experience with your loved ones and friends over an excellent glass of wine.