Wine Party 101 – Part 2

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As mentioned in my last blog, this series of blogs is for those who want to hold a wine party or wine event but may feel a bit intimidated. However, the key to a good wine event (or any party) is to create the right atmosphere. My last blog was about serving excellent quality wine. And while this is one of the most important aspects of a successful wine event, food is also important. Believe it or not, the food that you serve helps to create the atmosphere of your gathering.

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Wine Bottle Pour Art and Wine Palm BeachThis series of blogs is for those who are thinking of holding a wine tasting party or wine event but may feel a bit intimidated. The good news is that the success of your wine tasting party has more to do with the atmosphere that you create than with specific rules or sequences of events. I’ve learned that each wine tasting party develops organically based on your guests and while it may seem that there should be some specific way to “do it right,” your job as the host is to create the right atmosphere for enjoying wine by making sure that everyone has 1) EXCELLENT wine to drink, 2) tasty and appropriate food to eat and 3) good company. These components will ensure a successful event. This week’s blog is Part 1 – EXCELLENT wine to drink.The wine that you choose for your wine tasting party is more important than you may think. To begin my wine tasting journey, I chose the wine very carefully.

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I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season!! Mine was busy but fun! As promised, my final entry in this series is the guest list. In parts 1 and 2, I discussed serving excellent quality wine and light foods. However, creating the optimal guest list may be the trickiest aspect of all. If you are like me, you have a lot of different friends and while you get along with them all, you probably have friends who would not necessarily feel comfortable around each other. If you invite these people to the same event, you may be in for an awkward evening. I encountered this was when choosing assigned seating at tables for my wedding reception. I spent a great deal of time strategically placing people at tables to make sure that the drinkers would not be with the non-drinkers. I considered those with outspoken political or other beliefs that may not align with others with opposite opinions. I think it worked out OK as the venue was large enough and I wouldn’t dream of leaving anyone out. However, a wine tasting, especially a small one in your home, is different. Remember, one wine tasting in your home is the equivalent of one table at your wedding reception.

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I never saw myself as an entrepreneur. Having majored in accounting, I saw myself as someone who was meant to hold a corporate position, working my way through management, and maintaining a clear path to success- with benefits! I was always someone who played it safe. I never thought I had the desire to create something from scratch. I didn’t think I was meant to spend my nights and weekends perfecting my brand, or hoping customers would envision that same brand enough to pay my bills from their support. My life was a perfectly executed plan (almost).

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