We’ve all witnessed one of those parties. You know…the bro bachelor party-turned-bender? Or the pack of bachelorettes wearing veils and shrieking while drinking from naughty straws. Don’t be a cliché. Follow these simple rules for planning a memorable bachelor or bachelorette weekend in wine country. You do want to remember it, right?
Know your audience. The bride or groom’s interests and preferences should be considered first, after all, he or she is the guest of honor. Next, think about your guest list and what you know about each individual. Are there non-drinkers or light drinkers in the group? Is there anyone you know might get out of hand? What can most of your guests afford to do? Chances are, you’re going to have a mix and it’s best to play it down the middle in the types of activities you choose.
Make just a couple of firm plans each day. Groups don’t always run well on a tight schedule and someone is bound to want to sleep late, visit a specific winery, or just lay by the pool. Schedule a few activities and dinner reservations and have ideas in mind for open spots in the day. This will also help alleviate financial stress for any guests that might not be able to participate in a fully-loaded itinerary.
Book your tastings ahead of time. When planning for group of people, the last thing you want to do is wing it. Use wine tasting discovery tools like VinoVisit.com and confirm your special plans in advance so you don’t miss out on the tours you want.
Skip the party bus and tasting room crowds and arrange a series of unique tours and tastings. Many wineries offer private tastings in unique locations (think wine cave or mountain top) and special food and wine pairing experiences (wine and chocolate anyone?). While this may sound pricey, private wine education and tastings arranged through Vino Visit, range from complimentary up to a couple hundred dollars per person, with many options under $40.
Plan one activity that isn’t wine-centric. While that may seem counterintuitive on a wine weekend, break up the booziness with a round of golf, massages, a hike, whatever it is that your guest of honor would really enjoy. (Could link to cooking classes article here)
Choose your accommodations based on your group. Do you plan to spend your evenings in, drinking wine and relaxing? Consider a vacation rental with enough bedrooms to accommodate your group. Is your group into nightlife? Choose a location that has lodging in town within walking distance of bars and restaurants.
Be prepared. A good host or hostess is always prepared and for a wine weekend that means keeping your guests fed and watered. Bring a basket of snacks and bottled water along and make sure everyone partakes. It’s also a good idea to create a list of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee to have at the ready when hunger strikes.
These simple rules are the foundation for creating a successful celebration. Get started planning your wine weekend here.