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Whether you're planning a 30th, 40th, 50th or even a 60th birthday this fall, you want everything to be perfect and memorable. Your loved one deserves to start their next decade with brilliance, greatness and health.

And what better than a wine tasting to get the ball rolling.

Wine tastings are great because they're both educational and give you a chance to try new wines that might not otherwise be on your radar otherwise.

And who doesn't love a good excuse to get together with family and friends?

Here are some tips to help you have a successful birthday party or anniversary.

1. Engage the interest of your guests

The beauty of wine is that it's usually the one activity that gets everyone excited.

Even if they only drink occasionally, we all have the curiosity to learn.

Wine has been around for more than 8,000 years. We often find ourselves in front of a wine, whether at home, restaurants, with parents or friends. 

Knowing what to say and what to do in those circumstances demonstrates your intelligence and good manners.

How to interest a friend who's not interested?

If they don't drink wine, for what ever reason,  they can always do what we do as wine professionals; spit it after tasting it. 

If they still insist that they are not interested, ask them to come along anyway to accompany you or as a backup driver. Usually, by experience, it is those who

  • were not interested in the first place, 
  • had no interest in wine,
  • nor expectations,

who leave the wine tasting the most enthusiastic. 🤷🏻‍♂️

2. Choose the best day of the week

First choose the venue, where your wine tasting will be held. 

A wine tasting in a restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night would be very loud and probably not as personalized as you would like it to be. 

Holding it at your home or any other private venue allows you more flexibility.

Unsurprisingly, Saturdays and Sundays are the most popular.

3. Pick a date

If you want us or another wine professional to organise your wine event for you, first see our availability by placing a simple RESERVATION at the top right of this page. It's FREE and without any obligation.

Book 2 or 3 dates that suit you first, and do a poll to find out which one best suits your guests.

Tip : “ People are busy, we don't always have time to answer your emails. By sending them a single invitation by email with the 2 or 3 choices of dates and details, everything is settled with a single sending.

Then confirm your reservation with Vin and Wine with a simple phone call or text at 514-463-1140. Alternatively, reply to the email that Vin and Wine will have sent you.

It will be a DIY home wine tasting event

Fall, winter and summer, through the start of the school year in September and the return of spring, all seasons are ideal for wine tasting. Above all, it depends on the availability of your guests.

Send invitations early enough so that your guests have time to respond and plan accordingly.

4. Best wines for your wine tasting party

Your wine choice is an important factor for the success of your wine tasting. Make sure it makes sense. 

Important elements to take into consideration:

  • Must be Terroir wine (no technological, chemically induced wines)

  • Originals and researched (no wines from the depanneur or corner store)

  • Easy to access in terms of palate, price and purchase

  • Prepare in advance: carafe and/or decant and bring to ideal temperature

Ideally, regardless of the chosen theme, they should all be terroir wines. No one wants to end up with unwanted side effects the day after. And it's not just to say that the wines you have served are of high quality, meaning the least chemically induced, you will have to be able to prove it.

Avoid offering popular wines unless you want to contrast them with a premium wine.

Take your guests out of their comfort zones with original wines that demonstrate that you have taken the time to research the best wines for the occasion.

Also make sure that your wines are accessible to everyone, reasonably priced. Private import wines over $40 are rarely appreciated as a selection.

If your blind theme is “local wines”, make sure they are also sold at a local wine shop (SAQ / LCBO) or that the winemakers also deliver to where your guests live.

To allow your guests to better appreciate your wines, at the end of the wine tasting, give them the technical sheets for each wine served, either in printed form or digitalized with a QR code to scan.

You will find the technical sheet on the vineyard's website. If you can't find it, switch to another wine. I have rarely seen quality wines without its technical data sheet, with the exception of locally produced wines, which are too small a quantity to worry about.

Or even more eco-friendly, print one wine list with all the QR and / or barcodes. When they scan it, the wines will be added directly to their WINE A BEE™ application, previously downloaded to their mobile device. This is convenient for directly noting your appreciation, adding them to your favorites list, and knowing where to buy them.

Here's a good example of what a wine tasting list should look like:

  1. Fruity and Sweet for the aperitif wine. Can be served by it's self as as presuming it is perfectly balanced. It can even be a cider
  2. Delicate and Light dry white wine to accompany your first starter
  3. Minéral and Vibrant dry white wine to serve with a light sole or mildly smoked salmon
  4. Semi-Sweet wine to divide the meal in 2 and serve with the cheese plate
  5. Aromatic and Mellow dry white wine to enhance a slice of turkey of pork
  6. Fruity and Medium-Bodied dry red wine with the main dish
  7. Aromatic and Robust dry red wine with a slice of steak
  8. Fruity and Sweet wine to serve with your chocolat based dessert

There are 11 main types of wine to choose from. The idea is to have one of each for your wine tasting to get a good idea  as to where your guests are at, in acquiring all of them.

How many wines for a wine tasting?

Seven wines is the magic number for a tasting. This is the equivalent of a half bottle per person over a period of 3 hours. Ingested with food it is certain that no one will be intoxicated at the end of the wine tasting. This is very practical if your guests want to leave with their vehicle.

It is also an excellent quantity to discover your palate; what you like and the flavors to acquire. In addition to a few red wines, you will be served 5 other "types" of wine.

Tip : “ Let us know your preferences. They will be taken into consideration.

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5. What food do you serve at a wine tasting?

Eating while tasting is important during a wine tasting. Most wines find their balance with food. 

It can be simple crackers with pâtés or a buffet. Whatever you choose, we need this information to be able to select the wines accordingly and thus experience food / wine pairings together.

Here are some options:

  1. Vin and Wine caterers - Full-service

  2. You and / or your guests supply the food

  3. At a BYOW restaurant

At Vin and Wine we have been working with Atwater market caterers for 10 years.

Our cheeses are from La fromagerie Hamel. They have a wide variety of cheeses from Quebec and abroad which allows us to ensure the best possible pairings with our wines. Your guests will love our cheese plate specially adapted to your tastes and your budget.

For our daily fresh sausages we trust Charcuterie de Tours . For cooked dishes as well as our terrines and pâtés, it is Terrines et Pâtés with whom we have the pleasure to work with. Their delicatessen are specially design for the best pairing possible with your wines. 

You decide how much you want to spend on food.

You know your guests's appetite best . But usually, for a 5 à 7 / Aperitif formula where you will have a meal afterwards, consider a budget of $19 per guest.

If it's a meal replacement, plan between $25 and $30 per adult.

The budget you decide is the amount we will be buying. We do not make a profit on this service that we offer. It's a complementary service that is very popular since you don't have to worry about anything; we arrive with everything you will need for your wine event. All that remains is to unpack the food that we will have purchased on the day of your wine tasting party. 

Some dishes such as quiches or sausages may need to be reheated and placed on trays.

We want you to experience the French way of market day; when we arrive with the fresh food and casually placed it on the table, so your guests can help themselves to the food, according to the wine served.

In other words, we will share an experience together that you can repeat with your friends and families with pleasure and ease.

It's you and/or your guests that supply the food. 

Alternatively, for food, you can either prepare it yourself and/or ask your guests to contribute. Here are the dishes we suggest:

  • Mayonnaise base salads (pasta, potato, broccoli/cauliflower, etc.)

  • Fish, shrimp, seafood

  • Various cheeses

  • Sausages

  • Quiches

  • Meatloaf

  • Poultry

  • Terrines, pâtés and liver mousses

  • Breads, crackers and water

Avoid spicy foods and maintain neutral flavours. You have to make sure that the intensity of the flavors is equal to that of your wines.

Choose your dishes according to the food/wine pairings. You must therefore have tasted your wines beforehand to take into consideration their intensity of flavour and level of acidity in order to be as accurate as possible for the pairing.

Each wine should have at least 3 to 4 dishes to accompany them. This will allow you to compare what works and what doesn't for the majority of your guests' palates.

Placing all the dishes in the center of the table from the start will allow you to come back to them later and try again with other wines. For example, “ Does smoked salmon that benefited from the acidity and minerality of white wine #2 work as well with the fruity and astringent red wine #5?

At a BYOW restaurant

Another option, but a little more expensive this time, is to hold your event at a BYOW restaurant.  We or yourself can contact the restaurant to find out about their menu so that you can enjoy the best food / wine pairings possible. 

For your benefit, we have worked with many BYOW restaurants. We can therefore supply you with a list of the best one there is and their specialities. 

You can estimate between $49 to $89 +taxes and services per guest for this option.

6. Wine service equipment list

The wine tasting kit is very simple and should reflect the accessories we use every day.

  • 1 to 2 stemmed wine glasses per guest
    • 1 for dry wines and the other for sweet wines

  • 1 pen/pencil each

  • 1 wine tasting sheet

  • 1 wine corkscrew opener

  • 1 kit to hide the wine bottles

Ideally, there are blind wine tasting kits numbered 1-10 like this >> . Alternatively, you can use socks or wrap them in paper bags or gift wrap.

As for the carafe and/or decanter, we trust that you have prepared your wines in advance.

For the spittoon, in north America, it is rarely used, but will be needed for those who do not swallow their wines, such as pregnant women or others and who would still like to participate.

You will also need table accessories for the food; plates, utensil, glasses of water, etc.

If it's Vin and Wine organizing the wine event for you..

The rental of the wine glasses is included in the price. For food, plan a nice table with utensils and plates for everyone, including your sommelier who sits at the end of the table to be heard by everyone.

This is your event, your sommelier will be sure to personalize his service so that your expectations and desires will be met. 

Our structure is adapted to you so that you can enjoy yourself to the fullest.

What to expect ?

Your sommelier arrives 10 minutes before the start of your activity to give him / her the time to setup in a small area of the counter. If Vin and Wine supply the food, the sommelier will arrive 30 minutes before. This will allow time to unpack and warm up the fresh produce with your help or your guests.

When you are ready, your event will begin with an introductory wine, often a sparkling wine, to liven up the festivities. A few concepts will be shared so that your guests will learn and put into practice;

  • how to hold a glass of wine,
  • what to do when you are served wine in a restaurant,
  • what to choose as wine at a wine store / merchants or the SAQ / LCBO,
  • what is a quality wine and of course the food / wine pairings.

Finally, in the form of games / participation, you and your guests will rate all the wines you taste in order to better understand your palate and choose your future wines accordingly.

This is a standardize list that can be personalized with the topics you and your invitees want to learn. 

Pour une dégustation de vin fêtes et anniversaires

What better than a wine tasting to bring everyone together.

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The rate, all charges included (All-In Cost) for your group, start at $490.

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