A wine tasting is easier and more affordable when you keep the size of your group between eight and 12 people.
One bottle of wine contains approximately 24 ounces of wine, and a good size tasting pour is between 1 1/2 and 2 ounces per person.
Decide on how many different wines you'd like to taste. You will want a minimum of four wines and a maximum of eight. To involve your guests more and keep your cost down, you can assign a type of wine for each guest to bring, as well.
Dress your table with white linens, and make sure that your centerpiece doesn't have a strong scent to take away from the tasting aromas. Use clear wine glasses, too. The white linens and clear glass help when making notes of the color of each wine.
Provide at least two wine glasses per guest, but no more than four each. Offer sparkling water and bread for your guests to help cleanse their palates between wines.
Depending on whether or not you want to decanter the bottles, you may just choose to wrap bottles in brown paper bags or foil and number them. Keep the labels a secret from your guests. The label could predetermine some of the ideas a taster might have about the wine. Offer spittoons for your guests so they don't have to swallow each glass. These can also be used to pour out the rest of a glass of wine that a guest may not choose to finish.
Place tasting cards at each place for guests to make notes. Offer tasting note suggestions, such as oak, blackberry, smoke or floral. Discuss the different notes with each other, and keep your notes for the next time you visit your wine shop. You may find you're drawn to buttery Chardonnays or more oaky ones. This is one of the advantages of a blind tasting. You may be surprised at the types of wine or notes you prefer. You may even discover a region you were unaware of that produces interesting varietals. The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun!
Sit down and enjoy your guests and remember, wine just takes it up a notch.