The 2014 Winter Olympics are here! If you enjoy watching the Olympics with friends, why not host a Wine Olympics party?
How to Plan a Wine Olympics Party
It’s simple. Just…
- Choose events: Decide on the “events” (aka the varieties of wine) that you’ll be judging.
- Choose the competitors: Pick a few wines from different countries for each tasting event. We’ve suggested a few fantastic wines and provided their average prices below for you to make the selection easier.
- Invite friends: Invite your friends and ask them to bring a bottle of wine to enter into the event. If you wish, you can assign a country to each guest.
- Taste and judge: At the start of the party, make scoring ballets available and allow everyone to taste and judge the wines! If you wish, make it a blind tasting. Just slip a paper lunch bag with a different letter over the bottle to disguise the name of the wine. Let everyone vote for their favorite wine. To make it easier, we’ve created scoring cards for you to use. Simply download, print, and cut these free Wine Olympics Scoring Ballots.
- Tally the scores and pick the winners: Have each guest score the wines by listing them in order of preference. Compile the data from the scoring cards — #1 gets 1 point, #5 gets 5 points. The wine with the lowest number of points takes the Gold, second lowest takes the Silver, and third lowest takes the Bronze.
Bordeaux Red Blends
- Argentina: Bodega Norton Privada ~ $23
- Australia: Greg Norman Australia Estates Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot ~ $13
- Chile: MontGras Quatro Reserva ~ $15
- France: Domaines Baron Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge ~ $15
- Italy: Maculan Brentino ~ $16
- South Africa: Glenelly Grand Vin Shiraz – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot ~ $21
- USA: Lyeth Estate Meritage ~ $15
- Argentina: Dominio del Plata BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $20
- Australia: Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $10
- Chile: Casa Lapostolle ‘Casa’ Grand Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $11
- South Africa: Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $10
- USA: Benziger Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $18
- Argentina: Alamos Chardonnay ~ $10
- Australia: Yellow Tail Chardonnay ~ $7
- Canada: Cave Spring Chardonnay ~ $15
- Chile: Veramonte Chardonnay Reserva ~ $10
- France: Louis Jadot Macon-Villages ~ $13
- USA: Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay $15
- Australia: Black Swan Pinot Grigio ~ $7
- Argentina: Francois Lurton Pinot Gris ~ $10
- France: Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris ~ $16
- Italy: Bella Sera Pinot Grigio delle Venezie ~ $7
- New Zealand: Brancott Estate Pinot Grigio ~ $11
- USA: Francis Ford Coppola Presents ‘Rosso & Bianco’ Bianco Pinot Grigio ~ $10
- Australia: Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir ~ $18
- Chile: William Cole Albamar Pinot Noir ~ $13
- France: Domaine David Duband Cote de Nuits-Villages ~ $31
- Italy: Borgo Magredo Pinot Noir ~ $13
- New Zealand: Matua Valley Pinot Noir ~ $11
- USA: Heart & Hands Pinot Noir ~ $23
- Australia: Hope Estate Merlot ~ $13
- Chile: Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Merlot ~ $10
- France: Chateau de Francs Les Cerisiers ~ $18
- Italy: Falesco Merlot Umbria ~ $13
- South Africa: Indaba Merlot ~ $10
- USA: 14 Hands Vineayrds Merlot ~ $10
- Argentina: Bodega Norton Sauvignon Blanc ~ $10
- Chile: Casa Lapostolle ‘Casa’ Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc ~ $11
- France: Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc ~ $18
- New Zealand: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc ~ $28
- South Africa: Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc ~ $16
- USA: Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc ~ $13
What wine would you enter into a Wine Olympics?
We hope you enjoy our wine suggestions. If you want to know which wines YOU will like best, download the FREE iPhone app Wine4.Me. Tell it what wines you know you like and get your own personalized rankings of best-selling, widely available wines in the US.