Dear fellow wine lovers. Many of us have more time on our hands at the moment and might be looking for ideas to keep occupied and entertained. Learning about the wonderful world of wine in the comfort of your home surely fits the bill, so welcome to my tips to hosting your own Virtual Wine Tasting (party) over the internet …
What you’ll need
2 wine glasses per person
Wines to taste in pairs
A spittoon (highly recommended even if it’s just a large mug)
Tasting sheet for each taster (and don’t forget a pen or pencil)
Water, to keep the palate fresh and stay hydrated
Dry biscuits, crackers or bread to cleanse the palate
Themes to explore
Choose a wine theme you’re enthusiastic about as it will pep up your tasting. Do your research too. Learning is fun, especially when your subject is wine! Here are some ideas:
Choose a ‘New World’ and ‘Old World’ example of your favourite variety. Sauvignons from New Zealand and the Loire Valley perhaps? Keep the price and vintage the same/similar.
Region or country
Pick wines from different producers in the same region.
Your favourite wines
Maybe something you’ve tasted on holiday.
Season or style
Spring is in the air, so some of us are moving to lighter, fresher wines … or stick with Big Reds if they’re your favourites.
Food & Wine
Foods can be sweet, salty, acidic, spicy, creamy or fatty. How do these change the wine? Or choose something that complements the wine. Cheddar with oaked Chardonnay, for example.
David v Goliath
Line up a pricy wine against a more affordable choice. The results may surprise you.
A little preparation will make sure your tasting goes smoothly …
Plan ahead. This gives everyone the chance to get wines delivered and prepare.
Do some research, download tasting notes (visit our website and click ‘Print Wine File’ on your favourite products), visit producer's websites, google regions and grape variety and use a few images - a picture paints a thousand words!