How to Set Up a Wine Tasting at Home

Video: 1m 55sec Quiz: 6 questions

Wine tasting at home is a lot of fun and of course, a great way to learn. Just gather your wine tasting buddies, and share the cost and fun. You can make it BYOB–everyone contributes a bottle for the wine tasting, and brings and keeps up with their own wine glass.

A tasting portion is about 1 1/2 oz per person, which means you will get 12 tastes per 750 ml bottle. Don’t worry about finishing every bottle because most wines keep fine for a few days in the fridge. Some wines, such as young full-bodied reds, can even get better after a few days.

To get the most learning out of your wine tasting, take notes, and take pictures of the labels you like with your phone.

To have the most fun (without over-doing it) with the wine tasting, I always suggest that you have food. It’s ok to keep it simple. Lightly buttered and salted popcorn (I use an air popper) goes great with most wines–especially Chardonnay and Sparkling wine. And be sure to drink a glass of water for every glass of wine. The water isn’t so much to cleanse your palate – I think food does a better job of that–but it is important. Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated, and paces your tasting so you don’t over-consume. Pros like me regularly spit the wine when tasting, and it’s easy once you get used to it.  See How to Taste like a Pro for a demo!