WINEFOLK BLIND TASTINGS
Words by Alissa Miller Photograph by Naomi Haussmann
Without getting knee deep in semantics, wine tastings are different to everyday wine drinking. In the first instance it takes a wholelotta control—the serving rations are teeny tiny, so quaffing its deliciousness is restrained. When tasting we focus our full attention on the wine and its interaction with our senses. It can be hard to maintain this kind of focus when we're drinking in a crowded bar or deep in conversation; a lot of a wine's nuances can be lost in the noise. It's incredible how intense flavours become when you’re engrossed in the visceral experience.
If you’re new to the idea of tasting wines, then you’re probably wondering what this blind tasting business is about? Firstly, don’t worry, we won’t be wearing kinky blindfolds; we simply wrap the bottle in foil to hide the label. For us blind tasting is a fun and handy way to formulate an unbiased opinion about a wine. If you don't know the identity of what's in your glass, you are less likely to be swayed by lofty reputations and gasp-inducingly expensive labels.
At our blind wine tastings you are set with the task of determining the varietal, region, vintage and other specifics about a wine by using only your senses. It’s not to be taken too seriously, but you’ll be surprised how much satisfaction you get from nailing an answer.
Our blind tastings are based on the two versions that are performed by professional wine-os. The first is 'single blind': when the list of wines to be tasted are known, but not the order. The macdaddy, 'double blind', is tasting when nothing is known about the wines at all. We usually do the latter because we’re hardcore. Kidding.
Don't be afraid of your first few attempts, even the most experienced wine tasters get it terribly wrong. Tasting wines, lots of wines, is the best way to improve your tasting skills. However, there are ways that you can increase your odds at guessing correctly. We’ve put together these tasting grids to help you on your way.
For more info about blind tastings, check out this article on Wine Geeks.
Disclaimer: Our blind tastings are designed to be fun and introduce you to the amazing components of wine that you may have otherwise missed. At the end of the day, wine is for drinking, enjoyment and a bit of fun, amirite?