You've had your fair share of online dinners on Zoom, but how about a virtual wine party? With the ban on dining and wining out still in full effect due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's time to take advantage of the internet to have a sociable glass of wine (or ten) with friends and family.
We share our wine picks and the questions you might have when organising your very first online wine sesh.
Do I need a theme?
Want to do all white or all Rosés? Wines from a particular country like Chile, a particular region — say three wines from Bordeaux — or even the same producer? Or focus on variety and choose five Cabernet Sauvignons, each from a different country. You do whatever you want. It always helps if you have a theme in mind, but it’s even more important to have a range of bottles to try so you have plenty to talk about. Two to three bottles per person is a good starting point.
How do I set up my table?
There’s no need to be all fancy doing an online wine party. The most important thing is to have fun, which means no need to fuss over fancy glassware or table decor. Save the money and get another bottle of wine!
What kind of food do I need?
Is it really a party if you don’t have good food and snacks to go with your wines? Different types of cheese, charcuterie, and cold cuts are a great snack and are as easy as you come, just to have little bites of things that you can try with the different bottles. But we’re from Singapore, so how can we resist some barbecued chicken wings, satay, and other indulgent hawker fare
Wines that go great with Singapore dishes:
What if I'm having dinner at the same time?
If you’re having dinner together with your wines, you’ll want to look for wines that go great with what you’re eating. For example, red meat goes well with fuller-bodied reds and white wines can accompany fish or poultry — think salmon and a dry Chardonnay. Having Italian cuisine? Look for wines that go great with pasta and bread.
Which wines to buy?
With the warm weather in Singapore, you might like wines that are not particularly sweet or dry, and good to drink while relaxing on the balcony or inside with your windows open. We like Rosés, Rieslings, and Pinot Grigios. When ordering wine online, pay attention to the descriptions, such as how it tastes, what foods are best to pair them with and the level of sweetness in the wine.
Remember, the best thing about wine is drinking it. If you’ve hosted an event and enjoyed it, let us know!
Now that you know how to host a wine party, start reaching out to your friends and start arranging a date. Make sure everyone in your party can get hold of the same wines — you can even send them as a gift or hamper.