How to Conduct a Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting Party Supplies
Ask six people to each bring two bottles of one of the wines you have selected (six for tasting, six for dinner). You provide:
- Six all-purpose wine glasses per taster
- Water glasses for each taster
- One small bucket or bowl for dumping excess wine
- A Scorecard and a Wine Scoring Guide for each taster (Download)
- Six paper or fabric bags to hide the wine bottles
- A basket of French bread cubes, water biscuits and/or a mild cheese
- A corkscrew
How to Set It Up
Set one large table with a white tablecloth and an array of the six glasses for each taster, plus the water glasses. Provide each taster with a Scorecard and Wine Scoring Guide.
Locate the bread, cheese, dump bucket and a water pitcher near the tasters. Out of sight, open all the bottles and put them into the bags. Give each bag a letter or number designation for rating purposes.
How to Taste
Pour about two ounces of each wine into one of the six glasses for each taster. Tasters should begin by gently swirling the wine in their glass to release its aroma. Tasters will score each wine as to the five characteristics on their cards and then add this up to get a total score for each wine. The bread, crackers or cheese may be nibbled between wines. Pour excess wine into the bowl provided.
To make things more interesting, try adding a competitive aspect to the tasting with a contest. Let people know the types of wine before the blind tasting begins. After the tasting, but before bottles are uncovered, ask people to match the letters on the bags with the grape varietal. The one with the most correct answers wins. A second competition could be based on who can correctly guess which varietal came in #1 and #6 in the combined ratings.
Download the Scorecard and Guide
To download the Scorecard and Wine Scoring Guide as a PDF file, click here.
To view the file, you'll need a copy of Adobe Reader.
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