How To Host The Best Girl’s Wine Tasting Party!

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I never need an excuse to get together with my best gal pals but sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of a theme to our catch-ups. With this in mind, I recently hosted a super fun girl’s-only wine tasting party and thought I’d share a few of my tips and tricks to creating your very own wine tasting too.

To get started, I grabbed a few bottles of award-winning wine from the New World Wine Awards and set about planning my party. This is the 15th year the New World Wine Awards have been held and whenever I choose a new wine from this list I’m never disappointed. In my mind it’s the best way to taste-test a new wine without making any costly mistakes. 

We’ve teamed up with New World to not only celebrate the award winners but to help you host your own wine tasting party. We’ve got a $150 New World voucher to give away to one lucky Insider so don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this page to enter to win. 

But for now, here’s what you’ll need to wow your friends with your own wine tasting party – no sommelier skills required – promise!

Above: A few of my friends enjoying a little wine tasting fun.



1. Don’t forget the snacks
If the best part of a wine tasting party is the wine, the second best part is the snacks. Whenever you’re serving alcohol at a party, it’s always a good idea to have a selection of snacks on offer. This is where you can get fancy if you like by selecting snacks to perfectly accompany the wine. But don’t feel you need to do this. A delicious cheese platter is easy to create and always looks great in the centre of the table. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand too so your guests stay hydrated.

2. Create some atmosphere
When hosting a party, I always enjoy having a little fun and creating a comfortable atmosphere. If you’re guests are comfy they can really relax and enjoy themselves. Instead of sitting on couches I decided to host my girl’s wine tasting party at the dining table so I could lay everything out in one place, including all of the wines and it was easy for everyone to reach whatever then needed. I also used my light box to set the scent and added some plants and flowers to make the table look pretty and inviting.

3. Glassware

You don’t need to have the perfect glasses for each type of wine but it does pay to have plenty of wine glasses on hand. The last thing you want to do is to wash glasses between tasting. If you don’t own enough glasses yourself you could perhaps ask your friends to each bring a couple. 

4. Serving tips

There really are no rules but to make the most of your tasting experience it may pay to serve your wines in order from light and delicate, to dark and rich – similar to the way courses of a meal are served.  The general order is sparking, white, rosé, red, dessert.

5. Tasting notes

Okay your wine tasting party doesn’t need to be a serious affair but I printed of these cute little Tasting Notes to add to the fun. We wrote down what we liked about each wine and the guests took the notes home so they had a record of their favourites. 

Above: Remember it’s a taste test not a full glass – not always easy though.


Above: Taking note of our favourite wines.



  • Gibbston Valley Gold River Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 – quite possibly the smoothest Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted.
  • Taylors Clare Valley Shiraz 2016 – it’s easy to see why this Shiraz has won 90 gold medals – it’s divine.
  • Matawhero Pinot Gris 2017 – the flavours in this fresh Pinot Gris were intense and memorable.
  • Te Kairanga Pinot Noir 2016 – a beautiful crisp, light red wine.  
  • Tohu Sauvignon Blanc – delicious fruity flavours.
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2017 – the perfect wine for warm summer evenings by the pool.
  • Sacred Hill Reserve Chardonnay – a delicate, light oaky flavour.
  • Coopers Creek Gravels & Metals Merlot/Malbec – a delicious, soft, velvety wine.
  • SOHO Betty Riesling Spatlese – a citrusy, sweet wine that is also low in alcohol.

Above: Pad out your platter with lots of colourful veggies and delicious grapes. 


Above: You may not need different glasses for the various wines but they make the table look fun. 


Above: The Villa Maria Rose was a firm favourite with all my friends. 


Above: The warm Hawkes Bay weather allowed the rich flavours to fully emerge from this rose.  


Above: Time to take note of this tasty drop!


Above: Hosting a girl’s wine tasting is the perfect excuse to catch up with your friends. 


Above: The award-winning wines are clearly marked with New World stickers showing their placing. 


Above: Be sure that your guests drink responsibly and have a plan for getting home safely.



To celebrate the release of the 15th annual New World Wine Award winners we’re giving away a $150 New World voucher so you can join in on the fun too.

To enter to win simply tell us in the comments below which winning bottle you’d most like to try from our list above and click HERE to subscribe to our free Insider newsletter. By the way you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind – it just makes it easy for us to contact you if you win. If you’re already a subscriber then great – you only need to comment below.

Everyone who has commented and subscribed automatically goes in the draw to win. A winner will be drawn and announced here on Monday 13 November.
Good luck!


Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter to win. We’re thrilled to announce the super lucky winner is:
Margaux Baker
Congratulations Margaux! Please email your contact deets to and the team at New World can send your prize out to you pronto.

Above: The Tasting Notes aren’t essential but they make the table look cute and were a bit of fun.