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    Throwing a wine party at home is a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy some delicious wine with friends and family. The key to a successful party is to plan carefully and make sure everything is in order before guests arrive.


    From choosing the right wine to creating a cozy atmosphere, there are many things to consider when planning a wine party at home. Call it your very own fall wine festival! Here's the rundown on how you can enjoy wine this autumn in the comfort of your own home.


    How to Plan a Fall Wine Party

    It's important to gather your loved ones to celebrate the season of harvest, gratitude and togetherness. The first step is to create a guest list and send out invitations.


    1. Create a Guest List

    When creating a guest list, make sure to consider how many people can fit in the space and your overall budget.


    Once you create the guest list, send out invitations two weeks in advance. This will give guests enough time to RSVP and make plans to attend. Create online invitations with a party planning website or use Canva for an autumn-themed invitation. Make sure you include the date and time of the party, the location, how to RSVP and any special instructions. Save it as a PDF and email it out!


    2. Choose the Right Wine

    For hosting a party at home, choosing the right wine can make all the difference. Some common types of wine include:


    • Red wine: Made from red grapes and has a fuller body and higher tannins.


    • White wine: Made from white grapes and has a lighter body and lower tannins.


    • Rosé wine: Made from red grapes, but with the skins removed during the process to create a pink hue and a lighter body than red wine.


    • Sparkling wine: Carbonated wine made from any grape variety.


    • Fortified wine: Wine with additional alcohol, such as sherry or port.


    Knowing the different wine varieties can help you choose the right wine for your party based on your guests' preferences and the food you plan to serve.*


    3. Consider Seasonal Selections

    Another factor to consider when selecting wine is the season. Some wines are better suited for the cooler weather and fall flavors. Here are some popular seasonal wine selections:


    • Pinot Noir: A lighter red wine that pairs well with fall flavors, like mushrooms and roasted vegetables.


    • Chardonnay: A full-bodied white wine that pairs well with creamy dishes, like soups.


    • Zinfandel: A full-bodied red wine that pairs well with hearty dishes, like stews and roasts.


    • Riesling: A light-bodied white wine that pairs well with orchard fruit flavors, like apples and pears.


    • Cabernet Sauvignon: A full-bodied red wine that pairs well with rich, meaty dishes, like beef and lamb.


    4. Follow Wine Tasting Best Practices

    Throwing a wine-tasting party can be a fun way to enjoy fall with friends and family. Here are some tips to make your party a success:


    • Choose a theme: Select a theme for your party to make it more interesting. You could choose to focus on wines from a particular region or those made from a specific grape variety.


    • Have enough bottles of wine: Plan for one bottle per every two guests.


    • Provide water and bread: This enables guests to cleanse their palates between tastings.


    • Serve wines at the right temperature: Chill your white wines before the party and let your red wines stay at room temperature.


    • Don't forget a corkscrew: Purchase a corkscrew, which includes a wine opener, foil cutter and bottle opener.


    5. Design a Cozy Atmosphere

    Create an atmosphere that will make guests feel comfortable. Think warm and cozy. Use natural elements like pumpkins, fall leaves and pine cones to create a rustic and inviting atmosphere. You can also use warm lighting, such as candles or string lights, to create an intimate ambiance.


    Tablecloths and napkins in autumnal colors like burgundy, orange and brown can help set the tone. You can also use seasonal decor like gourds and corn husks to create a harvest-inspired vibe.


    6. Curate the Menu

    A well-planned menu will impress your guests and enhance their wine-tasting experience.


    The key to pairingwine and food is to find a balance between the flavors of the wine and the dish. It may sound simple, but the result will be jaw-dropping. A full-bodied red wine pairs well with rich and flavorful dishes like beef or lamb, as mentioned earlier, while a light white wine pairs well with salads and seafood.


    Fall is the perfect time to showcase seasonal ingredients in your dishes. Here are some ideas for seasonal dishes to serve at your fall wine party:


    • Butternut squash soup

    • Roasted vegetables

    • Apple and cheese crostini

    • Pumpkin risotto


    By incorporating seasonal ingredients and making smart pairings, you can put together a menu your guests will love.


    With proper planning, preparation and execution, the party can be an exciting yet rewarding experience. Now that you're armed with the necessary knowledge, you're ready to host a fall wine party at home — bringing friends and family together for a truly memorable event.


    *Please drink responsibly.


    Written by: Krystal Lucier