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4 Tips For Hosting A Wine Tasting Party On A Budget

Hosting a wine tasting party can be a great way to relax with friends, sample a few different tasty wines and just plain enjoy yourself. You might be thinking about hosting a wine tasting party, but you might also be concerned about the cost of doing so. Luckily, it can be done on a budget. These are a few tips that can help you host a fun party for less.

1. Skip the Pricey Stuff

First of all, you should know that just because you are hosting a wine tasting does not mean that you have to buy expensive wine. Not only can that really drive up the cost of your party, but there's a chance that your guests won't really be able to go out and buy the wines that they try and like anyway. Instead, check out a few bargain brands; many people find that they are surprisingly tasty. You can always look for suggestions online of cheap wines that taste great.

2. Ask Everyone to Bring a Bottle

Another option for cutting costs when hosting a wine tasting party is to ask each of your friends to bring a bottle. Then, you won't have to worry about shouldering the cost of the whole party by yourself. Plus, it gives everyone a chance to share their favorite wines with all of the party guests, which can be a lot of fun. For example, a habitual red wine drinker may experience sauvignon blanc for the first time, or it may be your own first time trying a sparkling rosé.

3. Choose Smaller Glasses

If the wine glasses that you use when serving at your wine tasting party are large, then people are probably going to be tempted to pour more wine, even if they don't mean to. This can lead to your group going through the wine a lot more quickly. One good option is to purchase smaller wine glasses -- or even small "tasting" cups -- to help encourage less generous pours.

4. Serve Light Snacks

If you're thinking about serving a big dinner with the wine, you may want to rethink your decision. In many cases, a few light snacks -- such as a cheese platter and perhaps some fresh fruit or vegetables -- is usually enough for a wine tasting party. Not only can this help you cut down on the cost of your party, but it can also take some of the workload off of you so that you can relax and enjoy the event rather than spending all of your time cooking and serving food.

As you can see, a wine tasting party does not have to be as pricey as you think. If you follow these tips, you can cut costs and still host a wine tasting party that is sure to be a success.