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Wine Tasting - Getting to Know White Wine

Four-Wine White Wine Tasting
  • Easy to Do at Home
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • A Good Time for All Participants

Learning about wine can be the beginning of a life-long adventure. Wine can add to social occasions and enhance almost any meal. Part of learning about wine is tasting wine to determine what you like and dislike.

Most people start their journey of wine discovery with white wine. That is why the first wine tasting that we have designed is focused on white wine.

Our white wine tasting has been designed to introduce you to 4 of the most popular white wine varieties (Riesling, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and 2 styles of Chardonnay). This tasting can easily be conducted by anyone in the comfort of their own home. It requires a minimum of previous knowledge and setup. The only thing it requires is enough wine glasses for all participants (5 per participant), at least 5 bottles of wine, and a desire to learn about wine.

Goal of This Wine Tasting

The goal for this wine tasting is very simple, to introduce you to 4 popular varieties of white wine so that you:

This wine tasting does not attempt to compare regional differences. It does not attempt to compare different styles for the same wine (with the exception of the two styles of Chardonnay). It also does not focus on the wines of any particular producer. By not recommending specific wine we get around the problem that you may not have access to the same wines as the author.

Do This With Friends

Any wine tasting, this one included, is more fun when done in the company of friends. Tasting with friends will allow everyone to share their experiences, impressions, likes and dislikes.

The Wine for the Tasting

To conduct this tasting you will need the following 5 wines:

How Many Bottles?

A 750ml bottle of wine contains about 25 ounces of wine (25.4 ounces to be exact). You will be pouring 1 to 2 ounces of wine into each glass giving you the potential for 12 to 25 glasses of wine from each bottle.

To acquire the wine for the tasting, go to a liquor store that specializes in wine or a local wine shop. One bottle of each wine should suffice, unless you have invited a lot of people (more than 10). You will rely upon the knowledge of the store staff so ask for their wine "expert". You should try to purchase all of the wines in the same general price range - between $10 and $20 per bottle should do. It may help if you explain that you are collecting together white wines for a simple comparison tasting to compare the similarities and differences between these popular wine varieties. It is fine to go with recommendations of wines that are "popular" for this tasting.

Preparing the Tasting

Prior to the arrival of your guests:

Conducting the Tasting

Once everyone is seated:

Questions to Ask

After tasting each wine each participant should ask themselves several questions:
  • Do I like the wine? (their overall impression)
  • What do I like about the wine?
  • What do I dislike about the wine?
After tasting all of the wine, they should ask themselves some overall questions:
  • Which wine did I like best and why?
  • Which wine did I like least and why?
By doing this, each taster will be starting to form opinions about their own likes and dislikes.

Add Some Education

An optional component for this tasting is to add educational. If you are the type of person who does not mind being a bit of a master of ceremonies and are comfortable presenting in front of your gathered tasters, you may wish to add a little background information on each of the grape varieties to help educate your audience. You may find more information on the grape varieties in this tasting here:

Have Fun and Learn

As you can see, the tasting is very simple. Its purpose is to simply introduce people to these popular wine varieties so that they can come to understand the differences between them. With this as foundation knowledge, it becomes easier to start to compare wine from different regions, (for example, Chardonnay's from around the world) or wines that are made in different ways (dry vs sweet)., Inc.