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Ultimate Wine Tasting Prep List

If you plan to host a wine tasting, these are the items you’ll want to have on hand.

  1. Wine

  2. Wine glasses

  3. Slow pourers (for special bottles of wine)

  4. Wine charms for the glasses

  5. Wine stoppers (or reuse corks)

  6. Corkscrew

  7. Foil cutter

  8. Plates (wine theme – optional)

  9. Napkins (wine theme - optional)

  10. Coasters

  11. Plastic ware (knives, spoons, forks)

  12. Coffee, milk, and sugar

  13. Coffee cups

  14. Coffee dispenser (carafe)

  15. Soda and other non-alcoholic beverages

  16. Bottled water (lots)

  17. A lemon or a lime for the water

  18. Cheese/cracker tray

  19. Chips & dip, other hors d’oeuvres

  20. Fresh flowers (For the host, not on the tasting table)

  21. Name tags

  22. Team stickers

  23. Spittoons & individual cups for discreet spitting

  24. Funnel (for bottle consolidation at end of evening)

  25. Wine Bags or Aluminum foil (to wrap bottles for blind tastings)

  26. Tables (tablecloths)

  27. Cooler and ice packs (to keep whites chilled)

  28. Money basket and sign (if your guests are helping to pay for the wine)

  29. Wine quiz and prizes

  30. Pens or pencils for the quizzes

  31. Wine Away to clean up any wine spills on your carpet

  32. Bulk buying sign-up sheet (if you are planning to order any wine for your friends)

  33. Taxi phone number (in case someone needs a designated driver and doesn’t have one)

  34. Wine Tasting Panel Scorecard

Cork Lore: A cork tree must be at least 25 years old before its bark can be harvested the first time, but it cannot be used for wine stoppers until the third harvest. Cork trees can be stripped of their bark no more than every 9 to 12 years. In one harvest, enough cork is removed from the average tree to make 4,000 wine stoppers.

Source: Wine Lover's 2012 Calendar (Page a Day Calendar)

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