Another Great Wine Party Idea: Bottle Swap

By John ~ May 30th, 2012.

Over the years here on Wine Peeps, we have shared with you a number of our best wine party ideas: wine tasting dinners, digging into the cellar parties, and our wine tasting group activities. Today, we’re going to share another great wine party idea: a bottle swap. A friend of mine who read about it online, but couldn’t remember exactly where, brought this party idea to my attention. It sounded great to me, so now I’m passing it on to you. It’s a take-off on a Wine Swap party idea that our friend Gretchen Roberts wrote about in Wine Enthusiast a few months ago.

Anyone who is into wine probably has several bottles or more of a wine they really like, but are afraid it might go bad before they get to drinking the last bottle. Or you might have a bottle of a wine you bought because it was touted to be great, but you’ve found out it’s just not a style of wine that you really enjoy. In either case, wouldn’t it be great if you could clean out some old wine and bring home something new and different?

This is where the bottle swap party can be fun. Invite a group of fellow wine lovers over for a casual get together and ask each one to bring a bottle or two that they’d like to swap. As guests arrive for the party, you put all of the wines on display and have about thirty minutes of chat time over a bottle of sparkling wine for everyone to visit and tout the bottles they brought to the others at the party.

Then to kick off the bottle swap, everyone picks a number out of a bowl. The person who picks number one goes first and picks one of the bottles on display. The person with number two picks second, and so on. If the person picking immediately after you wants to challenge you for your selection, the party host can have some sort of a contest between the two of you like a wine trivia question, etc.

The whole idea is to have fun, and bring home something new to drink. If you have another wine party idea that’s worked for you and your friends, please share it with us.


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Reader's Comments

  1. Martin D. Redmond | May 30th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  2. John | May 30th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    You are very welcome, Martin. Thanks for reading Wine Peeps.

  3. alex | May 31st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    That would be a great idead expecially for homebrewers trying each others wines. It would also be a good way for you to get your product out there and see if people like it. Also it’s great for non homebrewers that want to try different wines or wines they have never heard.

  4. John | May 31st, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Some interesting ideas Alex. Thanks.