Happy Friday Eve! Stopping in to share a few pointers and a lot of photos from our recent DIY wine tasting – If you have a Total Wine nearby, you can host one of your own for less than $50! By the way – this isn’t sponsored ; ) The birthday babe decided she would love to have a wine tasting to celebrate during our weekend at the shore so I volunteered to plan it all out. This meant that the wine was only “blind” to me, but I didn’t mind at all – much like our Father’s Day beer tasting. Here’s how I set it all up…
First I made a list of the 6 types of wines I wanted to try. I figured we’d spend about 10 minutes tops on each wine with breaks for snacks, and we didn’t want this to be an all night event. Once I had my varieties written down, I headed to the Total Wine website to browse their online inventory for pickup near my house. They’re currently running a special for 15% off all Winery Direct products with the code WINERYDIRECT (pretty easy right?) so I clicked to shop from that selection only. None of us are wine snobs or amateur sommeliers so I figured I’d be safe with bottles that were on the less expensive side. The 15% off brought my wine tasting total to only $36 for 6 bottles – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Rose & Prosecco!
In an effort to make this wine tasting a little more “legit,” I headed to Pinterest for some printables. I ended up using these sheets for each person to grade the wine – nothing too extensive or time consuming! Keeping each bottle in a brown paper lunch bag, I poured about 1 ounce per person (we started with 11, ended up with 14) and topped off anyone who really enjoyed it. While we sipped, we also discussed where we thought each wine originated, and what we would name the bottle if we were in charge. I also looked up a suggested tasting order before we started, and here’s what I found:
1. Sparkling Wines
2. Dry Whites
3. Heavier and older whites
4. Rosé wines
5. Younger Light Reds
6. Bold and high alcohol red wines
7. Sweet dessert and Ice wines
If you’re planning to host your own wine tasting, feel free to reach out with any questions! I am by NO means an expert… but I do love wine ; ) We’re planning on having another DIY tasting this weekend at Krista’s bachelorette with a different set of bottles – Once that’s done I’ll let you know some of my favorite cheaper options. Cheers!