Sip, sip, hooray! While the weather heats up, we can finally get back into those wonderful spring wine nights we’ve been longing for these past, chillier months. You know as they say, life is too short to drink bad wine – especially when that sun is out! With this in mind, it’s time to improve on your typical wine nights and add a little twist.
However, safely reconnecting with our loved ones is so important this year. Whether we choose to do this over FaceTime or opt for a smaller gathering, there are some key things we can add in to make these special nights so much more memorable. Keep reading for some easy additions you can implement in 2021.
Virtual game night
Board games have become a staple in our lives over the past year. Between Monopoly and Connect 4, we have become masters at the craft. Luckily, there are ways to continue to spruce up those typical tabletop games. The internet has come to our aid, once again! Online board games can really add in some competitive fun to your girls night. Throw the game onto your living room television and let the competing begin! With access to hundreds of games, you can even learn a new one together.
The beauty of choosing this route is the inclusivity! Send those out-of-towners the link to the game and get them involved! And if you want to stay home and connect over Zoom or FaceTime, you can do so without missing out on the fun.
Collaborative charcuterie board
While it may feel necessary to have the food and appetizers prepared beforehand, you may be missing an opportunity to create something together. Simultaneously taking off some of the preparation responsibility, you are including your guests’ opinion as well!
Ask for company to show up with their favorite seasonal fruit or even their go-to cheese. For the best charcuterie outcome, ensure there is cheese that is soft and creamy, a crumbly sharp option, and lastly one with a bold taste. Mix in those salty, sweet, and crunchy additions and you have yourself the perfect pairing to your wine.
Bonus tip: When eating the cheese board, opt for some lighter-bodied wines. If you pair with a bottle of red, heavy wine, it can overpower the flavor of the cheeses.
Have you ever been given the job of the aux for everyone at the party? It seems like such an honor, and then that pressure hits you. Someone hands you the aux and you have the responsibility to get that perfect song each time while not overpowering the conversation. Due to the expansion of technology, there is a great way to avoid this – get everyone involved! Music streaming apps now have the ability to create collaborative playlists. Music has the power to connect us from afar, so keeping this playlist open throughout the year is a perfect way to stay connected.
Not only is this a great way to swap different music and give everyone a chance to play their favorite songs, you now are without the pressure of being the DDJ (designated DJ). Your playlist can seamlessly transition from 80’s rock to the newest Taylor Swift album. Hit that shuffle button and let the music flow.
You do not have to be a wine connoisseur to host the perfect night! Spending quality time with your loved ones over some of your favorite wines, is the perfect way to destress and expand your palate.
How do you like to expand your palate?
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