Throw a blind tasting of wine--we chose Syrah-- from around the world, then serve an easy dinner made to match. (Serves 6)
Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad
Flank Steak with Warm Moroccan Spices
Creamy Cumin-and-Garlic Potato Gratin
Blueberries in Black Pepper-Syrah Syrup
Mixed olives, cheeses, and crackers
Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Party conversation thrives when you compare a few different bottles of the same wine. It's a fun way to learn more, no matter how much you already know about wine. Add the challenge of a blind tasting, plus a dinner matched to the wines, and you have a Saturday night party that people will talk about afterward too. We've planned an easy menu, so you can concentrate on rating the best Syrahs.

Choose a wine you'd like to know more about that is made in different parts of the world (or different regions in one part of the world), and decide on a price range. We picked Syrah -- which is showing up more and more on wine lists -- from three places: France's Rhone Valley (its original home), Australia (where it's called Shiraz), and right here in the West.