How to Host a Killer Wine Tasting Party in 3 Simple Steps

Wine, friends, and laughter. Can you think of a better way to warm up this fall?

Follow this simple guide to throw a fall wine and cheese tasting party for your friends and family. And don’t forget to have a bottle of Rejuvenate® OUTRageous Stain Remover on hand just in case (perfect way to pre-treat any blood, chocolate or wine stains). 

Choosing Wines for Your Fall Tasting Party

For wine quantities, plan to have half a bottle for each person in attendance and then throw in a couple extra just to be safe. You can use our list to help you get started.

  • Dry red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir
  • Fruity red: Rosé, Syrah, Gamay, Malbec
  • Dry white: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio
  • Sweet white: Muscat Blanc (Moscato), Riesling, Moschofilero
  • Sparkling wine

Choosing Cheeses for Your Fall Tasting Party

For cheese quantities, you'll need roughly half an ounce per person, per cheese. Many stores let you sample the gourmet cheeses before you decide.

  • Blue or gorgonzola cheese
  • Semi-firm cheese: cheddar, fontina
  • Aged cheese: gouda, parmesan
  • Mild and soft cheese: camembert, brie, goats cheese
  • Flavored cheese: with herbs, spices, etc.

Provide Palette Cleansers

There are two important reasons to provide palette cleansers (neutral flavors) at your wine and cheese pairing party. A cleansed, refreshed palette will be able to appreciate the flavors of the next pairing, especially after a strong flavored cheese or wine.

Some ideas for palette cleansers include fresh bread, crackers and a selection of fresh fruits and nuts.

Cherish the Relationships

Enjoying food and drink is more about enjoying the guests at the party than the wine itself. Focus on the people at your party, listen to their stories and laugh along with them. Create new memories. Relax, be present, and enjoy the evening. That’s the secret to a great wine tasting party for your fall celebration.

OUTrageous Helps Clean Up Any Stains

Accidents happen, and red wine can be difficult to removed when spilled on clothes and table linens. Be ready for spills and have a stain remover that you trust on hand like Rejuvenate® OUTrageous Laundry Pre-Treater.

Now you know the basics to creating a fantastic evening that celebrates wine, cheese and friends, like a pro!