The backyard patio is known as the premier spot for barbecues, but if you’re a wine lover, it can be an excellent place for a wine tasting party. It serves this purpose well. If you’ve toured wineries, you know that they always have a nice outdoor deck for enjoying not only the wine but also the fresh air and scenery. Your house can have one too.
You can just take the bottles outside and sit around the table drinking wine, but a little preparation can go a long way in making your patio wine party ready.
Functionality and Simplicity
Start by thinking about functionality. The best patio for wine tasting is simple and functional. Put all of the supplies you’ll need either on a surface there or just inside the house on the dining room table. You might consider putting a small refrigerator out there for bottles you want to chill. Start with the basics and add extras for atmosphere.
Patio Décor for Wine Tasting
Décor is important because a wine tasting is a bit more sophisticated than your typical patio party. You need to have a good atmosphere to go with the good wine. The main consideration when it comes to décor is lighting. Many hoses have bright, harsh lights in the backyard, but these will kill your wine tasting atmosphere. Instead, use lanterns, Christmas lights, and other more subdued types of lighting. Candles work well, but make sure they’re unscented. Scented candles can interfere with the wine’s aroma.
A great idea for making the décor more sophisticated is to use old wine bottles as candle holders as vases. You can use wine crates to set up tables and counters as well. Of course, wine drinkers love to be surrounded by as much wine paraphernalia as possible, and these decorations are cheap since you already have them lying around.
Upgrading the Lawn Furniture
The atmosphere at a wine tasting is comfortable and relaxed. The patio isn’t always the most comfy place for lounging. You can turn ordinary patio furniture into something nicer by simply adding cushions and pillows. You can also add an outdoor rug and a few plants. Make sure also that you give it a good cleaning before your wine tasting.
Of course, you should always check the weather before your wine tasting party. It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B just in case clouds roll in and rain all over it. Pick a room in the house to use as a backup rather than rescheduling the party.
Set out a table with cheeses and crackers. You might also consider grilling. Why not combine the backyard barbecue and patio wine tasting? If you’re going to grill, just make sure that you pair the wine well with what you’re cooking. Cooking adds quite a bit more preparation time to your wine tasting, but it can be well worth it.
Bring out the Speakers
If you’re going to be having wine tastings often, you might think about installing outdoor speakers. Music adds a nice touch to any kind of gathering and this is especially true of wine tastings.
Any backyard patio can make an excellent venue for wine tastings. Make sure you’ve got the surfaces and supplies you need, and then add decorative touches to give it atmosphere.