A dinner starring wine can be a savory, high-style treat when the table decor underscores the vintage served. Wine theme meals work for special occasions, holidays, a Beaujolais Nouveau Day party or the recreation of a favorite vacation bistro. Get creative with your table centerpieces and make it suitable with wine theme. Here are several ideas for you. For a touch of Italy, create a dramatic centerpiece using empty wine bottles. For each table, gather a large selection of bottles: you might use rounded Chianti-style bottles, for example, or glass bottles in a similar finish. Buy enough taper candles so that you have one for each bottle; place one candle in the top of the wine bottle. Once you have the initial assembly, experiment with organization on the table. On a long table, line the center with a column of bottles that is one or two deep, avoiding perfectly straight lines for a more dramatic effect. On a round table, simply gather the bottles in a roughly round shape.
To create a rustic wine theme look that uses fresh grapes and hints at the process of making wine, combine rustic barrels with fruit. Find serving dishes that are designed to resemble old wine casks, complete with weathered wood and metal stripping around the sides. Fill each barrel with deep red grapes to set off the dark color of the wood. Add a touch of green by winding grape vines under the fruit and allowing them to spill over the edge. Complete the centerpiece by surrounding the bowl with low tea light candles in wooden candle holders.