A blind wine tasting is a precise, yet fun way to discover two important aspects about wine – how to taste and evaluate wines as well as what varietals or types of wine you like.
The wines – typically featured in a category-Â e.g. all Shiraz varietals; dry whites; wines under $10, etc. – are covered by the Tasting Master of Ceremonies before the sampling begins.Â A bag, sack or similar is used to hide the label of the wines to be tasted.
Next, each wine is methodically tasted by the participants and impressions, evaluated by category – color, clarity, aroma, taste, mouthfeel – are systematically recorded by hand on a specially designed tasting sheet.
The fun comes when participants discuss the character of each wine. Developing descriptors for the wine, both formal and fanciful, adds to the enjoyment.
After each wine is tasted, evaluated, and ranked by the participants, it’s time for the Big Reveal when each wine, one by one, is removed from its bag and identified. Tasting notes, information about the producer of the bottle, and facts about the country, region, vintage and/or style of the wine is offered by the Tasting MC. Participants are frequently surprised as the most expensive bottle is often not the one most preferred by the tasters at the event!
Having Professor Shiraz as your Tasting MC allows you – as the host or hostess – to participate fully with your guests as you are equally in the dark about which wine is which. And Professor Shiraz brings all the pre-organization, equipment, knowledge, wine tasting know-how, and a sense of levity necessary for a memorable and learning-filled tasting experience.Â