Get together with family and friend virtually in a creative way! Here's how to host a Zoom wine tasting with a few tips to help make it a memorable one. One of the easiest and most creative ways to connect nowadays is via Zoom rooms. Now that winter is well on its way, it’s time to step up creativity a notch and share one of our favorite hobbies with friends – wine tasting! Yes, there is a way to virtually wine taste with friends and family across the globe and here are a few tips how!
CHOOSE YOUR WINE WISELY
Choose a few wines you love ahead of time, and make sure you and your friends stock up on them for the virtual wine zoom tasting. Depending on the type of event you’d like to host, your session can go a few ways.
Have everyone purchase the same wines from the same producers, and go with a classic tasting. Your meetup will then focus on the specific flavor profile of your wine. In a session like this, its best to intro the meeting with some information on what makes the producer special, and what innovations they use in their winemaking process. A perfect example of this is the Tuscan label of Carpineto
. This family run and established company is constantly innovating, and producing some of the most prestigious Super Tuscan wines such as Appodiato di Montepulciano “Molin Vecchio” IGT
, Farnito Camponibbio
– all well worth a tasting!
Another way to go about this is to vary producers, but stick to the same grape and wine. You can have everyone buy their favorite Cabernet Sauvignon
and compare notes based on where the wine is from, who has produced and what denominational label it has (i.e. IGT, DOC, DOCG etc.) You may not get to taste each other’s wines but you will get a good idea of what you would like to explore on your own once the session is over.
Your Zoom Wine Tasting definitely needs some structure to it. Create an agenda for the meeting and stick to it. The first 15 minutes can be dedicated to talking about the producers of the wines and why they were chosen for this tasting, next 10 can be dedicated to process and bottling or maybe you want to go straight into a blind tasting without giving too much info. In this case, you will want to review your tasting note grids. Ideally you should provide these ahead of time so everyone can print them out and have them ready. They can be simple to make and normally include appearance, aroma, body, finish etc.
The most important element of all is simply having a good time. Get together virtually and share a drink or two in good company, while you connect and learn a little something more than you already knew about wine.