Putting together a wine tasting is
by no means straightforward. It requires at least a familiar
knowledge of wine, plus a comfortable background in wine and food
pairings. This is where I come in (it also makes up for my lame website).
I offer many different types of wine tastings, including informal tastings for friends and family, or formal tastings for businesses.
HERE IS WHAT I OFFER:
Formal (or informal) dining room settings, where wines are presented at a comfortable, elegant pace, just the same way as sommeliers taste.
Background information on different wines presented, including place of origin, grape selection, winegrowing techniques, and prices.
Interactive discussion on the style of the wines (i.e. appearance, aromas, sense in the mouth, and finish).
Corporate wine tastings: If you are planning a corporate wine tasting, I can supervise all catering and procurement of any necessary large-scale rental supplies.
TYPES OF WINES PRESENTED
What wines to choose? Part of my job is to help select the best wines for all types of tastings.
From personal experience, the best tastings are those where a sort-of theme
is undertaken, where wines from a certain
country or region are featured (ex. France), of those that contain the same grape (ex. Cabernet Sauvignon).
HERE IS WHAT I OFFER:
To take charge of procuring the desired wines (in proper amounts) within a reasonable time prior to the tasting.
To establish (at the request of the host) a desired theme for the tasting (ex. Pinot Noirwines of the world)--- The
best part about wine tastings is that there are, quite literally,
hundreds of ways one can go about establishing some sort-of theme under
which to present one's wines.
To procure (or simply to suggest, if prefered) appropriate fine food items (in proper amounts) to accompany the wines.
provide 'tasting sheets' (i.e. helpful information) to participants as
a way of enhancing their wine-tasting experience; all tasting sheets
are custom-written to the requested specifications of the client.
HOW ARE THE WINES PRESENTED?
For most tastings that I have conducted, I have often observed that guests simply adore the prospect of guessing which wines they are tasting in other words, tasting wines blind,
not dissimilar to the way professional wine critics evaluate what they
taste in as impartial a manner as possible (many Toronto wine tastings
are conducted in such a fashion).
is near the end of the tasting, when guests have had an opportunity to
venture a guess as to which wines they had been tasting, that I
normally reveal the identities of the wines. By this time, everyone has
usually had a terrific time testing their own knowledge of wine
(however limited or advanced it might be, depending on the person),
while enjoying the company of friends, family, and colleagues, as well
as partaking in the enjoyment of fine food and, perhaps, lovely soft
Does this sound nice to you? For me, it doesn't get more fun than hosting a wine tasting!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD ONE PLAN A WINE TASTING?
the most part, the amount of time a wine tasting ought to be planned
ahead depends on: (1) the type of wines (and food) to be presented ---
the rarer the wines, the longer it generally takes to obtain them; (2)
the number of people expected in attendance; and (3) the availability
of a wine consultant (if requested) for attendance. As a wine
consultant, I normally like to have a week's notice in order to fully
prepare for any tasting, as it allows me time to procure the wines (and
the food, if desired), to establish some sort-of theme for the tasting,
and to make tasting notes for the guests.