We all have a friend with good taste -- literally. She's the kind of person who can tell at a whiff whether a cheese is from sheep or goat's milk. She turns up her nose at franchise coffee shops and will pour a perfectly good bottle of wine down the kitchen sink if she thinks the tannins are too hot.
A gourmet-themed tasting shower is the perfect excuse to give the bride the pampering her taste buds crave. Wine, chocolate, cheese and microbrew professionals are always available for private events. Pick a theme for gifts, like glassware or bakeware, or ask guests to bring gourmet nibbles as presents and hold a tasting. The bride will love sampling rich and complex foods like Criollo chocolate truffles or acorn-fed Serrano ham, and she'd probably be game for a wine tasting.