harlotte Wilde knows the pleasurable sway that wine can exert over an evening. She established her credentials as a founding member of East London hot spot Sager + Wilde and with her latest venture—a multipurpose creative space called Darling—she is continuing to influence how we consume fine wine. Here, Wilde shares her secrets for hosting a gathering that hits all the right notes. What are the basic requirements for hosting a successful drinks party? It’s important to have excellent glassware and to make sure that the wines are at the right temperature. And it’s nice before people arrive to open all the bottles and taste them to make sure they’re in good condition. Often wines need to be decanted a couple of hours before, so it’s good to get that done in advance so that everything’s ready to go. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Belonging What can the concept of “moral sympathy” teach us about effective hosting? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Empathy Amy Alkon applies her brand of blunt advice to empathetic hosting. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Table Textiles Swatch, sample and swap with abandon. Until the scissors come out, nothing’s off the table. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars of Hosting: Entertainment Storytelling virtuoso Bobette Buster on the art of the anecdote. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Comfort What if informal gatherings make us more etiquette conscious, not less? Arts & Culture Issue 30 Pillars Of Hosting: Trust On xenia—the Ancient Greek appreciation of trust between host and guests—in the 21st century.