The Wine Game
One year when I was visiting my family in Nashville, I got to tag along to a a fun party with my sister and her husband that was hosted by friends of theirs. Luckily for me, It was a wine game party! The cool thing about it was the open social aspect because the party was wine tasting, amazing potluck, and a competition which the winner eventually wins a bottle of wine from everyone at the party.
The premise of the party is... You go to the wine store and buy two bottles of the same wine. It can be white or red, whatever you think the guests of the party might like more, which is the key... you want everyone to like your wine best.
Once you have your wine, you give your bottles to the host where you receive a number that you show no one and put in your pocket immediately. One bottle of wine goes off to the side, the other gets put in a brown paper bag that has a number written on it that matches the one you received from the host.
Once everyone has arrived, the host arranges the bottles on a table from white to red and hands out slips of paper for everyone to rank the number of their top 3 - 5 wines without being to see the brand or type. If you are doing top three, the number one choice will get 3 points, number 2 will get 2 points, and number 3 will get 1 point. Once everyone has tried each wine and voted, the host tallies the votes and determines the winner. The winner then gets all of the 2nd bottles of wine brought by the rest of the guests.
This is such a great party idea if you are going to be mixing different friend groups or maybe introducing people for the first time. Like my experience, I only knew a hand full of people, but it was a great way to be interactive at your own private wine country-esque tasting.
If you want to make it even more fun, you as the host can select the area the wines must come from or do a strictly red, white, rosé, or champagne game.
If you were wondering who won at the party I attended... You'd be right if you guessed me!
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photos: Marc Reyes