Guess the Price Wine Game
By: Sarah Collins
Drinking games are the greatest for filing time with conversation, fun and best of all, laughter. There are literally endless ways to turn casual drinking into a full-blown game, but let’s be honest some variations are more fun than others. I’m personally a big fan of drinking my way through my favorite movies, i.e. Halloween Town, but I’m not opposed to something that requires a bit more set up and involvement.
I have a big ass family and we’re close, I don’t think I’ve gone more than month (my entire life) without seeing my cousins or aunts and definitely not my parents. With that kind of family comes big ass celebrations and get-togethers and my cousin’s recent 40th birthday was no different.
In between activities, we squeezed in time to play this Guess the Price wine game and while we all discovered it was so much harder than we expected (the winner only guessed two out of 13 correctly), we had so much fun! So here’s the step-by-step breakdown of how to play on your own.
- Tracking sheets, one per guest (we used this template that my sister created)
- Brown paper bags
- Mini tasting cups
- Start by picking a varietal, we chose red blend (the birthday girl’s current fav) and invite all your guests to bring a bottle. The only stipulation is that they need to know how much they paid.
- Once your guests arrive, keep track of the wine names and associated prices in a secret master list, before brown bagging and random number labeling them. My list looked a little something like this – Bottle Name – Price (number label):
- Charles Shaw – 2.99 (2)
- Charles Shaw – $3 (6)
- California Roots – $5 (10)
- Growers reserve – $5.99 (4)
- Cupcake – $7.99 (12)
- Chocolate shop – $7.99 (8)
- Apothic red – $8.75 (5)
- Drops of Jupiter – $10 (1)
- Dearly Beloved – $12.99 (11)
- Pendulum – $15 (13)
- Blended learning – $20 (7)
- Upsidedown Wine – $25 (9)
- Barth – $40 (3)
- Then it’s time to let the games begin! Give each guest the same amount of mini tasting cups as there are bottles and let them taste and take notes as they see fit. This should obviously take a decent amount of time. On their tracking sheet they should list the bottle numbers from what they think are the most and least expensive.
- When everyone feels satisfied that they’ve properly ranked each bottle, read out the master list, having each guest tally every wine they’ve properly ranked – the person with the most right, WINS!
Fun fact: When we played, California Roots was almost consistently listed as the favorite – not bad for $5!