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It’s time to boldly go into the universe of dinner parties. Hosting a dinner party is a great way to build longlasting relationships and create a better community of friends. Turns out, your friends are an ingenious source for good wine. On average, people are willing to spend more on wine for a party.

Yep. Time to host a party!

How do you make your dinner party awesome? Here are 12 dinner party ideas that aren’t only kickass but also simple to pull off. Read on!
Elegant Dinner Party
The ultimate dinner party is best when it’s no larger than 6-8 people. Keep in mind you’ll be serving a minimum of 3 courses at a properly set table. Serve the first course while your guests are being seated and have the 2nd course ready to transfer into large warm serving dishes.

Everyone has allergies these days, so ask before they awkwardly spill the beans about being Gluten-free or Vegetarian.

Elegant Dinner Party Ideas

Wine Picks
6 bottles: 2 white & 4 red (8 people). Stick to classics like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pre-plan who is bringing what.
Keep the centerpiece short so you can see your pals across the table. Use real fruit, real candles or small flowers. After all, you’re real, right?
Serve Champagne prior to seating your friends because it works fastest. Place double sided namecards at the table so your friends don’t have to think.
Wine Place Setting
(From left right) Dessert, Red, White, Champagne and Water glass. Hydration is key.
Who sits where?
Split up couples and don’t seat yourself at the head of the table.

Read on …


A few months back, as I was ordering still another batch of cheese from Gina Freize of Venissimo to prepare for a small wine and cheese pairing event, I thought how helpful it would be have a wine and cheese pairing chart at my finger tips.  While I have a basic knowledge of fromage, it’s not at all uncommon that I seek advice from Gina or other resources.  So I turned to Gina for suggestions and expertise and she turned me one to her wine and cheese pairing “wheel,” displayed at the bottom of this post.  This schematic is a great place to start in experimenting with pairings whether you be a novice or a more advanced cheese lover.

The approach behind creating a delicious wine and cheese match is no different than pairing wine with any food.  In the end, the goal is for both to work… read on

Click to to download a PDF of the Venissimo Wine and Cheese Pairing Wheel.

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This could or could not be you!


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1. (Medicine / Pathology) the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness


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Get a full wine tasting kit from


How to host your own tasting plus how to taste wines like and expert and write notes have put together a quick and easy guide to setting up and hosting your own wine tasting for friends and family.

The kit contains all you the information you need, from tips on which kind of tasting to run to a list of popular grape varieties and their characteristics. The kit also tackles the approaches to wine tasting (including judging appearance, smell and taste) and assessment. It explains the methodology behind writing tasting notes and provides an aroma chart to aid you in recognising wine aromas.

They have also included a Decanter tasting sheet for you to make your notes.


Decanter full tasting kit (PDF)

Decanter Wine tasting Sheet (PDF)