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How to Start a Wine Tasting Club with Friends

December 30, 2014

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If you are looking for a unique way to spend time with friends and loved ones, starting a wine club is an excellent idea. A wine club allows you to bond with your pals while sampling different varieties of wine. Instead of spending a fortune visiting local vineyards and wineries, use your home and the homes of your club members to sample some of the finest wines from all around the world.

To get started, make a list of the members of your wine club. You can begin your club with 4 to 6 members and add more members as your club is established. The best wine clubs typically have no more than 12 to 14 members.

Since you are starting the wine club, the first meeting should be held at your home. Send out invitations using an online party planning tool so that guests can plan to attend far in advance. At your first meeting, you can establish a schedule that works for everyone. Most wine clubs meet once a month, although you may choose to meet more or less depending upon the schedules of your members.

There are several ways that you can obtain the wine for your meeting. You can get a rough estimate of the cost of different wines and split the cost between members with monthly dues. The average bottle of wine costs around $10. You can discuss a monthly budget with your other members, and even appoint a treasurer if you feel it is necessary.

You can also allow each member or couple of the group to choose a bottle of wine to bring. As you sample each wine, people can record notes and scores on the scorecard, and a winner can be determined at the end of the night.

When hosting a wine club meeting, it is also important to have refreshments. You can select appetizers that pair perfectly with different types of wines, or you can serve a full meal if your budget allows.

Once you have established the rules, dues, and responsibilities of your club, you can assign another member to hold the next meeting at his or her house. Each member can host a wine tasting and serve refreshments to the other members of the club.

There are no set guidelines for starting a wine tasting club. Instead of focusing on all of the rules, make sure that you keep it fun for everyone and something that every member looks forward to.