Hosting the Perfect Game Night

The holiday season has finally arrived, Can you think of A better way to make holiday magic than hosting a festive game night to mark the occasion?

Whether your heart sings for classic board games that bring out your strategic genius, the thrill of card games that test your luck and skill, the laughter and creativity of charades that unite everyone, or the immersive adventures of video games that transport you to another world, there’s an exciting pastime for each and every member of your gathering.

In addition to the endless entertainment possibilities, we also have some delightful wine recommendations that will elevate your game night snacks to a whole new level of epicurean delight. Explore the rich and robust flavors of Rioja wines, which perfectly complement the delectable bites you’ll be savoring throughout the evening. So, as you prepare to embark on these festive and fun-filled gatherings with your loved ones, remember that the holiday season is all about laughter, togetherness, and the delightful fusion of games and fine wine.

Board Games for Everyone

Start your evening with classic board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Pictionary, Clue, or Dominos. These games are not just fun; they’re also great for bringing out the competitive spirit in your guests. Whether you’re forming words, buying properties, drawing pictures, solving mysteries, or racing to the finish line, these board games promise hours of entertainment.

A glass of red wine sits on an elegant table with domino pieces strewn about.

Card Games for All 

Card games like Uno, Crazy Eights, and Go Fish are excellent for players of all ages. They’re easy to learn, fast-paced, and perfect for a lively group. Whether you’re matching colors and numbers in Uno, shedding cards in Crazy Eights, or fishing for pairs in Go Fish, these games are sure to bring laughter and joy to your game night.

Charades: A Classic Party Game

Charades is a timeless party game that gets everyone up, moving, and laughing. Act out various phrases or titles, and let the guessing begin! It’s an excellent way for guests to break the ice and interact in a fun, light-hearted way.

Video Games: A Modern Twist

If you have a gaming system, spice up your game night with multiplayer video games. They are perfect for guests who prefer a more modern form of entertainment. From racing games to adventure quests, there are many options to keep guests engaged.

Pairing Rioja Wines with Game Night Snacks

Enhance your game night with a selection of exquisite Rioja wines. Rioja wine is perfect for pairing with a variety of snacks. For a centerpiece, consider creating a Rustic Holiday Charcuterie Board. Adorn a natural piece of wood with fruits, cheeses, meats, toasted bread, olives, and more. This board is not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes.

Charcuterie board with person pouring red wine

Red Wines to Savor

  • La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran Reserva: A full-bodied wine with flavors of ripe black fruit, tobacco, and leather.
  • Conde de los Andes: Medium-bodied with red fruit, spice, and vanilla notes.
  • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao ‘Mirto’ Edicion Especial: Elegant with black fruit, chocolate, and tobacco flavors.
  • Monte Real Gran Reserva: Age-worthy with black fruit, cedar, and smoky nuances.

Refreshing Rosé and White Wines

  • Flor de Muga Rosé: A fresh, fruity rosé with strawberry, raspberry, and citrus flavors.
  • Livius Reserva Rosé: Full-bodied with red fruit, spice, and earthy notes.
  • Vivanco Cuvee Sparkling Reserva: A dry, crisp sparkling wine with fruity and citrusy hints.
  • Izadi Seleccion Blanco: Refreshing with citrus, apple, and pear flavors.

Setting the Mood

To make your game night even more special, create a festive atmosphere with holiday decorations and music. Keep the setup simple – a few games and snacks are all you need. The holidays are a time for joy and celebration. Relax, enjoy the company, and have a memorable game night with your friends, family, and Rioja.