How to host a wine exchange party

‘Tis the season for sipping!

A wine exchange party is perfect for friends and family to share their favorite wines as well as trying something new. I’ll be sharing the steps that will make your holiday wine exchange a success.

  1. Create a guest list. I invited 3 of my friends over (my happy hour crew) to partake in the wine exchange.
  2. Send invitations. I sent invitations out 2 weeks in advance so everyone can plan accordingly. Be sure to include the date, that everyone should bring 2 bottles of wine – one to be sipped on at the party and one to be wrapped to be gifted, and the price cap on the wine. Our price cap was $25. I suggest putting a price tag on the wine so everyone can get a similar quality wine. Evite is a great option for cute and free invites.
  3. Plan out the menu. With wine flowing you want to make sure your guests have something to eat. My menu included: charcuterie board, crab cake minis (Costco only has these during the holidays) and baked chicken wings.

4. Taste wine, have fun and exchange. I set up the bottles from sparkling to dry whites, fuller whites, roses, light reds and to fuller reds. We had so much fun that night, everyone grabbed a bottle of wine out the door. You could play a game like White Elephant or draw names to decide the order of picking wine.

The wines we had were: McBride Sisters Sparkling Rosé, Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Chloe Red Blend and LaMarca Prosecco.

I had to get favors, so I picked up these cute wine glasses from the dollar tree that say “Tis’ the Season”.

Grab your crew and make a new tradition of trying new wines together.