In the past few years the troubled economy has kept more people at home, whether it’s for a “staycation” or cooking more and eating out less, people are trying to spread money around their budgets more effectively. For a lot of us, this means entertaining at home as well, which can be much cheaper and much more fun than a night out at the bar anyway. All you really need are a few good friends, some food and some wine. Honestly, you can even skip the food and just keep the wine and the friends and you instantly have a “Wine Night”.
Start by inviting whomever you wish to partake with and ask them all to bring a bottle of their favorite wine, nothing too pricey or extraordinary (Of course, if they can afford it and want to spread the wealth, then you just can’t do anything about it. Darn you and your bad choice of friends.). As a host you can provide food, additional wine and a place to stay (if necessary). The food you choose to provide could be as wide-ranging as you wish-from simple plates of cheese and grapes up to a full multi-course meal depending on your budget and how well you get around the kitchen. This way the cost of entertaining is split amongst several friends (or couples) and everyone gets to try something new.
A few of my girlfriends and I started having these gathering in college and a recent wine night led to my discovery of a new favorite Moscato, something I probably would have never discovered on my own.