I started the Wine Tasting Club in November 2000 since I enjoy wine and I wanted to learn more
about different wines.
Specifically, I was looking for an opportunity to sample several wines
at the same time to compare them.
When I order a bottle of wine with my dinner at a restaurant, I can decide if I like it and can
even identify specific things which I like or dislike.
While this is enjoyable, I found that the absence of a timely comparison limited the learning process.
I had been a member of a wine tasting club in the late 1970's, so I knew a little bit about what was involved in running a tasting. I'd talked about starting the club for a few years and then I saw wine glasses at Linens 'N Things for $9.99/dozen. With 8 dozen glasses stashed in the closet, the rest of the details fell into place.
All of our tastings are done "blind". I wrap each of the bottles to hide their identity, and someone else hangs numbered tags from the necks of each bottle. When we pour and taste, no one has any idea which wine is which. Each taster has a note sheet with a list of the wines we are tasting, and space for their comments. I also prepare a handout (typically 15-25 pages) with some background information on the category of wine we are tasting, the producers of the wines we are tasting, and reviews of the specific wines we are tasting. Most of this research is gleaned from the Web, and selected handouts are available here in PDF format. My summary of each tasting refers to specific wines, but keep in mind that we didn't know which wine we were describing when we formed our opinions.
Our next scheduled tastings are:
Mar 18, 2006 - NV Tawny Port
May 6, 2006 - "Washington State - White
Jul 22, 2006 - Tempranillo
Sep ??, 2006 - Chardonnay (Oaked vs. Unoaked)
Nov ??, 2006 - Comparing Red Varietals
Jan ??, 2007 - Wine with Fish
Mar ??, 2007 - TBD - White
May ??, 2007 - Merlot
Jul ??, 2007 - Wines of NY
Sep ??, 2007 - California Zinfandel
Nov ??, 2007 - Champagne
Our tastings are scheduled near the 15th of each odd-numbered month. The date for the September 2006 tasting will be announced in July. The November through July tasting dates will be set in late August.
|I continue to investigate new and interesting options for future tastings, and will revisit past tastings based on the group's interest. I'm thinking about a special tasting (separate from our regular schedule) for sake, and a 'tasting' with the Wine Essence Tasting Kit offered by Wine Enthusiast magazine.|
|I've included links to a variety of sites related to each tasting on the pages for the individual tastings. If you click Links here or in the header, I've provided some general links about wines and wine tasting.|