I was recently invited to a Wine Judging Party. I think this is such a great idea.
Invite everyone over for Wine and Appetizers. Everyone is instructed to bring two bottles of their favorite wines. You can give everyone a price range so that people don't go overboard. Once everyone arrives one bottle goes away and the other is set out to be served.
The hostess hands out preprinted cards with numbers for each bottle of wine and a place to add in a comment and a grade. Bottles are graded from 1 to 5. 1 being a bottom shelf bottle that should be stored next to your reserve Popov Vodka and 5 being a special occasion bottle. The hostess pours each bottle at random without letting the guests know the name of the wine or who brought it. At the end the scores are tallied and the person who brought the wine with the highest score gets to take home their own private collection of all the wines (the second bottle that everyone brought)
For all my friends who read this blog be prepared for an invitation to my own personal Wine Judging Party soon!!!