Do you consider yourself to be the real wine lover of your group of friends? Your friends could be interested in wine, but they might not have the understanding and real love that you do. However, there are several ways that you can introduce your friends to new types of wine so you can all share in a love of it!
Take Note of What They Like
Whether they are ordering wine in a restaurant or opening a bottle with you in the comfort of their own home, you should pay attention to the types of wine that they are drinking. This could give you an indication of their current favourites, making it easier for you to build a picture of the type of wine that they might like to try in the future.
It could be as simple as selecting a new type of red or white for them to try, or you could decide to really push the boat out and try different flavours and variations. If your friends are willing to explore and enjoy wine with you, you could be on the way to discovering a whole new world of wine with them!
Throw a Wine Tasting Party
If you have a big group of friends who all want to learn about wine, throwing a wine tasting party might be the way to go! Pick up some tips on how to throw a wine tasting party, and fire off some invites to get everyone round.
You can keep this as a casual get-together with some of your nearest and dearest, or you could go all out and really make it into a sophisticated night that everyone will remember – it is up to you! There are so many options – and we haven’t even got to the wine yet.
A really fun idea for a wine tasting party might be to buy some bottles from the same supplier. If you know that they have different types of wine on offer, grabbing a few to see the similarities and differences between them can be a great exercise for helping you introduce your friends to some new types of wine.
Have a Quiet Dinner
Perhaps your friends are not party people, and the idea of a full wine tasting party might not be quite for them. In this case, a quiet dinner with just the two of you might be the better idea. Rather than offering them several types of wine in the form of a tasting session, you could plan a dinner menu around three of your favourites – one for each course.
Certain wines go exceptionally well with some dishes and foodstuffs. Rather than just pairing random wines with the food you want to eat, really think about what might go well together. This is a fantastic way for you to explore the world of wine together.
For example, you could have a white wine with a fish-based starter. Instead of picking any old white, you should pick one that really complements the fish that you are having. After all, shellfish taste nothing like salmon which tastes nothing like sole, so a different wine might work with each of them. With a meaty main, a red will always suit (though you should pick a white if you are having chicken instead), and something sweet will be the perfect complement for a dessert. Exploring the world of food through wine might be the best way for you to introduce your friends to some of the varieties out there.
Go on Holiday
If you are people who love to travel, you should consider going away on a wine holiday. This could be a fantastic and romantic choice for couples who love to travel and explore the world together. There are so many fantastic destinations out there all across the globe that you could visit. Each one is able to deliver a brilliant flavour profile for wine, and it means that you have a chance to introduce your friends to new types of wine in the gorgeous setting of the vineyard where the wine is actually made.
There are often two options for this type of holiday. Firstly, you can set up a tour of several different wineries if you are in an area that is known for variation. For example, in California’s Napa Valley, you will find several types of wine on offer. Why limit yourself to the one place – get out and explore more so you are able to find a wine that you all love!
The other option is to pick one vineyard and stay there for the entire holiday. They could produce several types of wine, or maybe even just one variation that you personally really enjoy. Whichever path you choose, it can be a fantastic and relaxing way to introduce your friends to some new types of wine.
Gifts for Birthdays and Special Occasions
A gift of wine can be a great thing to give someone for a birthday or some other type of special occasion. If you are a little stumped about what to get your friend for their birthday, you should consider a gift of wine. However, there are some considerations to make here.
If your friends are not big wine drinkers, then an expensive bottle might not be the right choice as there is a high chance that they won’t drink it. Instead, you should try to find something that is moderately priced but still very nice. You should also try to bear in mind some of the preferences that we mentioned above. If you know that your friends are not interested in trying red, there is no point in buying it for them.
Get a few, nice bottles of something that you can be certain they will try. Wine lasts for ages, so though it might take them a while to reach for it, there is a good chance that they will decide to have some at one point.
Don’t Force It
Some people just aren’t into wine. They might be willing to try it for you, as a friend, but when it comes down to personal preference they aren’t interested. Likewise, some people might want to explore more types of wine, but don’t want to do it in a way that could come across as pretentious. They are happy to drink wine and try different variations, but they aren’t interested in smelling the aroma or swirling it around their mouths to get the full depth of flavour.
You, as a friend, don’t want to get into an argument with them about not fully appreciating the wine. Let them enjoy it to the extent that they want to, and they – in turn – will allow you to do the same. Be sensible, be open, and remember to relax and have fun. Introducing your friends to the world of wine might take a lot on your part, but you could explore several amazing regions and types of wine along the way.
Are your friends showing an interest in exploring wine? Now might be the perfect time for you to step up and show them what is on offer! Introduce them to some new types of wine now!