The Treats: O had wine consultant Jerri Banks set up a bar where she introduced guests to six different types of wine in all colors—white, rosé, red (try this tasting list)—that were light- to medium-bodied and "easy to drink."
The Raves: "I've always liked Cabernet," said Kori Scott, editorial business coordinator and office manager, "and it's nice to know that you can drink it with any food. No more anxiety about which wine goes with what."
The How-tos: Progress from lighter vintages to drier, heavier ones so your palate doesn't get overwhelmed. Between wines, rinse your mouth (and your glass) and eat unsalted crackers. For more ideas, go to www.Wine-Tasting-Party.com.
The Variation: Another kind of buzz can be had from a chocolate tasting.