When I was hired by Josh Cellars Wine and Ghirardelli Chocolates to host a wine and chocolate tasting party I was over the moon excited. I needed a reason to gather my friends and an excuse to invite my new neighbors over. We recently moved to a new neighborhood and I was itching to get to know these ladies that I had only seen from a distance here and there. Friends old and new gathered at my house as we tasted delicious wine and chocolate as we laughed, giggled and got to enjoy each other’s company. It was a nice treat for many of us who definitely needed a break from our hectic schedules.
How to Throw Your Own Wine and Chocolate Tasting Party
Send out invites
Try to send out invites 2-3 weeks ahead of your party if you can. Most of my friends are parents or busy bodies, so they need to make arrangements in advance. I sent a quick Facebook invite out to my friends because it was the fastest (and cheapest) way to get the word out. Save your money on invites to spend on the good stuff – wine and chocolate. I made a Facebook event invite cover image on Canva. (Feel free to use mine below, but please link back to Modern Mom Life).
I found most of my supplies at Walmart and my wallet thanked me afterwards.
How much wine should you buy?
Depends on how many guests will be there and if they like to drink a lot of wine. There are 10 (2 oz.) pours in most wine bottles. If you want your guests to have at least 2 full glasses of wine throughout the party, I would buy 1 bottle for every two guests.
Decorate your party to fit your theme
The theme for the night was Galentine’s Day which is a spin on Valentine’s Day that involves celebrating your favorite ‘gal’ friends. I am in love with chalkboard crafts right now, so I incorporated that look throughout the party along with Valentine’s Day decor.
Wine and Chocolate Tasting Party Pairing Suggestions
There are two ways to host a wine and chocolate tasting party: one is to let your guests have free range on the varieties of wine and chocolate favors. You can have a self paced tasting party where they choose what they want to pair together or you can lead the wine tasting party by making suggestions to your guests on what pairs well.
Given that I worked at a winery in college, I do know what I am talking about when it comes to wine and chocolate, but at the end of the day – whatever tastes best to you is all that matters. Here are some suggestions on what chocolates pair well with each wine varietal:
Suggested wine and chocolate pairings
Josh Cellars Chardonnay with Ghirardelli White Chocolate
Josh Cellars Pinot Noir with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and/or Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate
Josh Cellars Merlot with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and/or Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate
Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, and/or Ghirardelli Dark and Strawberry Chocolate
Party favors that don’t disappoint
One of the favorite parts about having a wine and chocolate party is being able to send home treats with everyone to share (or not share) with their significant others. Once my husband got home the first thing he asked was if there were any leftovers!
Overall, the party was a HUGE success! Even if you don’t feel like hosting a large gathering you can have your own wine and chocolate tasting party with your significant other or with a best friend by going to your local Walmart to buy Josh Cellars Wines and Ghirardelli Chocolates. I promise you won’t be disappointed and you deserve a treat!