Easy Wine Hacks Every Party Planner Should Know
With the popularity of wine growing every day, its essential to know easy wine hacks, from storing to serving and everything in between.
If there's one thing that Millennials love to enjoy at a party, it's wine. Whether it's boxed hipster wine, a jug of sangria, or a bottle of champagne, we're a generation that really, truly loves our vino. So, it comes as no surprise that many of us have begun to equate wine with partying.
The problem with throwing a party is that it's very hard to actually serve wine the right way, ensure that there's enough for everyone, and also just keep things classy. Wine, being a very high-maintenance beverage, can be hard to keep up with when you're in the middle of hosting a party.
Ever wanted to throw a wine-filled party that would make a connoisseur proud? These hacks will help you do that without losing your mind.
If you accidentally shoved cork into the wine, you can get it out of your wine glasses by pouring the wine through an aerator or coffee filter.
Coffee filters won't ruin the wine's flavors and will actually help aerate it. Most aerator holes also are small enough to catch all the cork parts that may fall out as you pour.
The end result is wine with a more robust flavor, and no surprise cork lumps inside your wine glasses! Nice? Of course!
Consider using a wine delivery service if you need more bottles than you bought.
Nothing ruins a party worse than realizing you're out of booze. Your best bet at keeping things bumping is to order wine from a delivery service in your area.
That being said, you may not be able to get this hack going if you live out in the boonies. Depending on where you live, this may allow you to get more booze within 30 minutes to an hour.
If you can't use an app like Drizly or Klink, your other best bet is to ask friends to go on booze runs before they show up.
Here's how to chill white wines and champagne the right way.
To chill wines properly, fill a bucked with ice and salt. Then top off the bucket with water. Place all the wines you want to chill in the bucket, and they'll be at the perfect temperature after around 20 minutes. The salt also can help keep them cooler for longer.
Most of the time, red wines are left at room temperature, so make sure that you only chill white wines and sparkling wines. (If you're not sure whether to chill your wine, make a point to look it up online before your guests show up.)
This wine hack allows you to sweeten up cheap white wines.
Though there's absolutely nothing wrong with a dry white wine, there's something to be said about a wine that can impart a nice pop of sweetness with every taste. If the sweet white wine you bought isn't as sweet as you wish it could be, don't fret.
A quick and easy way to add some sweetness to the wine's flavor profile is to chop up pineapple slices and pop them into the wine glass. This may be "cheating" to sommeliers, but who can honestly say no to sweet wine? We know we can't!
How much wine should you buy for a party, anyway?
Professional party planners actually have a formula for this! For a standing party, divide the number of guests into threes. That's the number of bottles you should buy. For a sit-down party, such as a brunch or dinner party, divide the number by two instead.
So, if you have 15 guests at a standup party, that means you should have five bottles of wine. If you have 16 guests at a brunch gathering, you will need eight. Of course, if you're looking to get totally wasted, then you might want to up that number as you see fit.
Even so, it gives you a good rule of thumb to follow, doesn't it?
Don't have a bucket to cool your wine? You can rapidly cool it using a damp towel and your fridge.
If you don't have 20 minutes to spare, or if you just don't have a bucket of ice on hand, the next best way to cool it is actually really simple. Wet a towel using tap water, then wrap the damp towel around the wine bottle. Then, pop the bottle (still wrapped up) in the freezer for 15 minutes.
This wine hack works with both paper towels and regular dish towels.
Keep your wine cool using frozen berries.
The problem with adding ice to alcoholic beverages is that it dilutes the flavor - and for things like wine or whiskey, that's bad. After all, people enjoy wine because of all the different aromas and flavors that it has.
So, how can you keep your wine cool on a hot summer's day without diluting it?
The answer is simple: just add chilled grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries into your glass. Popping berries into the freezer before your big bash is a surefire way to ensure that everyone has enough "ice" to keep their cups cool.
Keep leftover wine fresh and ready for cooking by freezing it.
Most alcohols you're familiar with can't be frozen in the fridge without serious problems, but not wine! All you have to do to keep wine ready for a recipe is to pour the rest of it in ice cube trays and keep them in the fridge.
Wine is incredible for adding new layers of flavors to your food. Try popping red wine into red pasta sauce, or a cube of white wine into your vegetables!
Here's how to neutralize red wine stains before they become a major issue.
The easiest way to wash out a red wine stain on your clothes is by pouring white wine on them. Add a little bit of table salt to soak up the rest of the wine, and whatever's left usually will come out after being popped in a washing machine.
Here's the scoop on how to clean red wine stains in a pinch!
Store opened, recorked wine bottles on their sides to prevent oxidation.
Champagne goes "bad" after a day or two of being opened. Most other wines will turn into a mess after a maximum of five days, with white wines having a slightly longer maximum lifespan of seven days. That's not too good, is it?
Well, there is another way to extend your wine's life. Buying boxed wine actually may be your best option, primarily because of the lack of oxygen in those bag-in-box setups. This allows wine to last up to 28 days after it's been initially sampled.
Store opened, recorked wine bottles on their sides to prevent oxidation.
Once a bottle has been opened, your biggest threat to the wine's flavor is oxidation. Oxidation causes good wines to lose flavor, or even diminish into a vinegary mess. To prevent this, store the wine bottles on their sides with their corks back in.
Another good use for leftover red wine? Fly traps.
Okay, let's say that the party is over and it's summer, and you're having a major fruit fly problem. The easiest way to get rid of those flies is to leave out a shotglass of red wine for about three days.
Fruit flies adore the smell of wine, and will gravitate en masse towards the shot glass. The problem is that the fumes of the wine (and the wine itself) is toxic to them and once they go into the shotglass, they can't get out.
So, it's a trap that makes them commit suicide the natural way, and it works in a matter of days. There you have it - no more flies!
Traveling with vino? Here's how you can prevent a bottle from breaking.
Wine bottles are surprisingly fragile, and no one wants to have to deal with a smashed bottle in transit. So, if you want to protect those wine bottles, grab a tube sock, a pool floatie, or a wine bottle koozie to keep them safe. By adding a little cushion, you might end up preventing a nasty accident.
Help your friends differentiate their wine glasses from one another.
If you have a lot of guests who tend to misplace their glasses or confuse their glasses, then you may need to give them a helping hand. Pass out colored rubber bands or charms with their initials on them, and tell them to keep those around their wine glasses.
Next thing you know, everyone remembers where their wine glasses are!
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Skunk Uzeki is an androgynous pothead and a hard partier. When they aren't drinking and causing trouble, they're writing articles about the fun times they have.
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