The wine waiter arrives 1.30 hours before your guests to open bottles, to cool the whites and put the reds to the room temperature and decant them, display glasses, buckets…
A welcome glass is served at your guests’ arrival: A Champagne or a still wine if you prefer.
When all guests are present, after a welcome word and a presentation, the Sommelier, possibly assisted by the hostess or the householder, or a butler, serves a second wine on which he reminds the wine tasting steps.
The solids are served along with the wines according to the principles of the wine and food harmony.
Then, over the course of the evening, the sommelier speaks a few minutes to comment on the proposed wine but does not monopolize the word all evening, he goes from group to group or to the sitted persons to answer questions from your guests. To give a more festive and fun atmosphere, the waiter invites participants to play in the recognition of wine aromas, organizes one – or more – wine blind tasting (masked labeling of the bottle or served out of a carafe ), even a sommelier contest can be organized (bottle opening, decanting, servicing, comment on the wine…). Prizes can be doled out to the best wine specialist !
You can play in teams if you are fairly numerous.