Everything You Need Before Hosting a Wine Night for Your Friends

Glass of red wine next to cheese on a cutting board

Whether you're hosting a party or planning date night, these wine essentials are sure to be a hit. With unique items like a wine-preservation system and aerating spout—along with stemless glasses—why go out when you can host a cozy night in?

Small bottle of red wine from Usual Wine photo

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Red Wine

This bottle from Sonoma County, California, has enough vino for one generous glass of wine, and we are so here for it. It ships in quantities of six, 12, 18, and 24 so it's ideal for large dinner parties and intimate gatherings alike. What we love most about this particular blend is that it doesn't contain any added sugar or sulfites, which means you're less likely to get a headache. Made from both Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red wine offers a rich fruity flavor without tasting overly sweet or bitter.

To buy: $48 for box of six; usualwine.com

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Black and silver wine preservation system from Williams Sonoma photo

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Wine Preservation System

So many wines to try, so little time. But you don't have to risk spoiling a whole bottle for a small tasting with this wine preservation system. This sleek and functional design features an ultra-fine needle that can gently penetrate any cork, allowing you to pour as much as you want. The included steel capsules fill remaining bottle space with argon gas to protect the leftover wine from oxidation, and the cork naturally repairs itself so you can preserve every last drop.

To buy: $210; williamsonoma.com

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Stemless wine glass with a builtin decanter from UncommonGoods photo

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Stemless Aerating Wine Glasses

Rather than decanting an entire bottle of your favorite vintage, you can allow your wine to breathe while you pour using these innovative aerating wine glasses. Simply pour directly into the central cell of this stemless glass and watch as the liquid streams out into the larger goblet. Bonus: You can also use it to chill your on-the-rocks beverage without watering down the liquor by adding ice to the center cell before pouring.

To buy: $50 for set of two; uncommongoods.com

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Round wooden serving board with a handle from Macy's photo

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Congo Sunset Wood Serving Board

Hosting wine night wouldn't be complete without a charcuterie board, and we've found a simple yet stylish piece that'll complement practically any table. This round Congo Sunset serving board is made out of a unique mango wood that can be easily cleaned by wiping it with a damp cloth. And did we mention it's on sale right now?

To buy: $26 (was $52); macys.com

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Copper wine spout from Wine of The Month Club photo

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Mercer Copper Aerating Pour Spout

Waiting for a bottle of wine to decant can take some time and possibly put a damper on a party. If the special wine glasses above are outside of your budget, an affordable alternative is the Mercer copper aerating pour spout. You can enjoy a drip-free pour that'll also allow the wine to breathe as you fill your glass.

To buy: $14; wineofthemonthclub.com

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White wine chiller from Nordstrom photo

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Wine Chiller

Chill your wine in style with this vacuum-insulated stainless-steel canister. Whether you prefer a brut, still white or sweet bubbly, this essential chiller will keep it cold for hours. The adjustable top is removable to ensure a tight seal when you place a bottle in the chiller. Plus, it comes in five charming colors and would make a thoughtful gift for any wine enthusiast. If you enjoy sipping your vino at cellar temperatures, pop a few wine pearls in your glass to cool it without diluting it, like an ice cube would.

To buy: $90; nordstrom.com

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