Years ago, I started a Monday night wine tasting for wine affectionados at a restaurant my family owned. This group lasted 15 years until I became a father and had to quit. Now that both kids are over 21 I decided to restart doing wine tastings. The tastings will be structured with a theme and multiple wine glasses and wines. The wine tasting events will be a casual get together every 3 months. Where 10 to 14 wine lovers would drink wine, enjoy side dishes, cheese, and learn about wine. The wine tastings will be on a Friday or Saturday night starting at 7:00PM.
The food plan consists of a main dish and side dishes brought by guests. There is a reception of 30 to 45 minutes for guests to visit and mingle. The appertif wine is typically alight bodied red wine, rose, or sparkling wine. Most wines will be from my cellar though on occasion guests may contribute a bottle.
There will be tasting sheets for everyone at all events. The event will start with a discussion about the wines we are going to taste. The wine be poured in small portion of 1.5 to 2 ounces depending upon the number of wines to taste. We will drink the wines, have our conversation and then finish with the remainders from each bottle. Once we have tasted the wines, the group will vote for their favorite wines.
Members are encouraged to do basic research on the wines. This is a great way to start your wine adventure. Some types of tastings we do are:
- Compare varietals from One Region
- Compare different vintages of the same wine
- Try different wines from the same wine maker
- Compare wines with the same varietal and year produced.