A few weeks ago I wrote about some awesome bridal shower activities that you can do with your guests instead of playing boring traditional games. One of them was a wine tasting bridal shower which is my favorite. This would be a great activity if your bride is already living with her partner and has a ton of house thing already because you can have a “Stock the Bar Party” theme. Just ask everyone to bring their favorite type of alcohol or something to help with their bar – a shaker, shot glasses, muddler, etc. The bar is something that can get overlooked at showers and weddings and your friend may not have even thought to register for these things. Plus you get to drink wine and who doesn’t love that?
For this shower I would grab several types of wines because you never know what people are going to like/not like. You’ll need about 4-6 types of wines at different ends of the spectrum. I’d personally say a Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The other two in the “Big Eight” are a Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah/Shiraz. It helps to have a small wine label next to each bottle so your guests know what they’re getting themselves into.
You’ll also need some food to pair with each one. So first, figure out what you’re having and then look up what would be good to serve with each different type of wine. To make it easy on your guests you can put the wine next to the foods they pair best with. For example if you’re having a Riesling I would pair this with a good goat cheese. Make sure you’re looking up your specific type of Riesling because different wines can be sweeter or dryer.
What else do you need besides wine and food; that should be it, right? Not exactly. You’ll obviously need a wine glass for each person, this transitions nicely into favors for your guests. And you’ll want to make sure to have some way of labeling each glass, either with our free printable wine markers or you can paint the bottoms in chalk board paint and write on them. I know it’s silly to have water at a wine party, but you’ll need some for your guests to clean out their glasses between each tasting. Another thing to have handy is an empty bucket for people to pour out wine. “Sacrilegious” you may say, but some people will want to be adventurous and may not like the wine they poured.
This is a great activity to have if you’re hosting a couples/coed bridal shower and don’t want the guys to get too bored. And if you don’t have a shower you’re hosting coming up, it always makes just a fun party in general. So get out there and fill the world with wine.