Wine Tasting Event 101 -James Melendez

Wine tasting events can be a lot of fun and a point of discovery for all participants.  A well planned wine event will not only be memorable but will also facilitate more events.

Doing a wine tasting at your house is about not just discovering and uncovering wines–they are also about building bonds between you, your family and friends.

First decide is this going to be a blind tasting or non-blind tasting.  I recommend keeping the event as simple as possible.  You can find a whole host of suggestions but they can be a bit over the time top.

Things to consider:

  • Guest list
  • Themes

What you will need:

  • Wine
  • Tablecloth – absolutely valuable–a great tool to keep your table dry and clean
  • Wine glasses
  • Wine opener
  • Wine pourer – no matter how neat everyone is–wine does drip a bit and this is an inexpensive way of making sure it is in the glass and not only your table
  • Wine tasting notes – notes for guess to record their experience with the following categories:
  • Name
  • Varietal
  • Color
  • Nose
  • Mouth / Body
  • Notes
  • Pencils
  • Water pitcher for rinsing wine glass
  • Dump Bucket
  • Paper bag or aluminum foil (if blind tasting)
  • Marker – number each bottle (if bling tasting)
  • Music
  • Copious amounts of water for guests (a bottle of water as they leave event)
  • Food

You may want to add other elements but it isn’t necessary.


Encourage guests to use the dump bucket for wine they may not enjoy and that they need to consume all that is poured.

And have fun!




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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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