Each wine tasting is uniquely crafted to meet your needs, but for inspiration, here are the six types of tasting we most often conduct in the Dallas area:
The Wine Primer. This session introduces the basics of wine production and the factors that affect the quality of wines along with how to appreciate great wine without spending a ton of money. We select a couple of core red and white varietals as examples and compare two very different styles of the same varietal for each.
A Veritable Varietal. Love Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Noir. We can design a tasting that highlights a single varietal that you would love to learn more about. The tasting includes different bottles of the same varietal as it is produced in different parts of the world and in different styles and price ranges. We have also done this event based on broader styles like Big Reds, Sparking Wines or Rosé wines instead of a single varietal.
Regional Props. Going to a wine region and want to learn more about it before you travel and what to look for when you are there? Or, just want to dive deeper into a region you already love or want to learn more about? This event covers the wines from a specific winemaking region of the world (like Napa, Burgundy, Tuscany or even Schlossbockelheim), including what makes that region unique (climate, soil, production techniques), what varietals the region produces and of course tastes of some of the best wines the region has to offer. For many wine regions, we can also help you select the right wineries to visit while you are there.
If You Like… You know what you like and would like to expand your wine repertoire to new wines with similar characteristics, but aren’t sure where to start. In this tasting we will taste one or more of your favorites alongside some more adventurous selections that fit a similar profile. If you like that, you might also like this. This is a great way to better understand what to look for and how to spot value wines on larger wine lists.
Off The Beaten Path. It is indeed a huge and exciting wine world out there and the selection of varietals and regions goes well beyond what you can buy in your local retail stores. Think it might be fun try an Aglianico del Vulture from the Basilica region of Italy or pop the cork on a wine from a burgeoning wine region in Romania? For these tastings we work with you to select wine varietals or regions that are off the beaten path. This is a great event for groups who have a basic knowledge of the primary wines of the world and are looking to expand their wine horizons.
Blind tastings. This may be the most fun of all the events. Your guests are given a varietal and price range (like Cabernets under $40) and each brings a bottle. We hide all the labels and everyone tastes, rates and describes each wine. Prizes go to the guests who brought the highest scoring bottles. Includes an education session on what to look for in the tastings and how to properly score them and ends with a entertaining recap of the most, um, “creative” descriptions.