Host a Wine Tasting

A wine tasting is a wonderful way for friends, coworkers or organizations to connect, laugh, and learn something new. With a Red White & Cru wine tasting, you and your guests will enjoy a front-row wine tasting experience hosted by WSET Level II certified wine educator Erik Johnson. You’ll learn about and taste some of the finest, yet most affordable, wines from around the world, all in a casual, personalized environment. And, since we don’t sell wine, there is never any pressure to buy what you tasted at the end of the night.

Whether you are looking for something different to do with friends and neighbors, as a part of larger community or social event, or for organizational or company team-building, wine tastings are a fun and unique way to learn something new and spend time together.

The six types of tasting most often conducted are:

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 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 word (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 this, you might also like this.

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 tasting we work with you to select wines from 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 a short 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.

Each tasting includes:

  • A personal consultation to select the event format and the unique wines that will meet your tastes and budget
  • Sourcing of the wines from local distributors or retailers
  • A two-hour tasting event in the chosen format
  • Glassware for up to 20 people
  • Event materials, which could include education sheets, tasting scorecards or small prizes

If you are interested in learning more about our wine tastings or want to schedule a wine tasting, please contact us at: redwhiteandcru@gmail.com.