Are you curious to learn more about wine but don’t know how to get started? You can read books, attend wine tasting seminars, or simply invite some friends over for a wine tasting party.
Sure, most of us can just bop over to the wine store, pop the corks, and call it a wine tasting, but to get the most out of your time and energy, it’s often best to have the advice of someone who’s been there and done it successfully.
That’s where the folks at SWILL come in. The SWILL Wine Tasting and Club Starter Kit was created by twelve friends in 2003 who got together for a wine tasting and expanded it, social networking style, into many clubs around the world. Inside the kit is a handy guide book that will help you plan your SWILL party. Your first step is to choose a theme.
SWILL suggests the following:
- wines by varietal (choose a variety such as chardonnay, etc)
- red or white categories
- varietal of a specific winery (choose a winery you would like to sample)
- wines by price (compare two varietals from different regions, same price)
- wines by vintages (4 or 5 production years of a wine from different wineries)
- horizontal tasting (same year, single varietal, different regions)
- vertical tasting (same year, same winery, different varietals)
The SWILL kit, which includes invitations, pens, bags for blind tasting, and cute score cards for tasting notes, goes on to give many other details of creating a great wine party such as food and drink and party basics.
The Swills at SWILL want their kit to be interactive with their website, so when you go online you will find clubs in your area and many articles and links to sites that will help you create a wine tasting party that is educational and fun. Salute!