Wine Education and Having Fun while Learning with a Wine Tasting Game
True wine enthusiasts whether in the trade professionally or an amateur aficionado love wine tastings. Wine tastings at wineries and wine shops are both parts of the picture, but, perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy a tasting is sharing it in your home with friends who possess the same passion.
However, wine tastings tend to be routine and perhaps even predictable and boring if you don't use a little imagination to shake it up a bit. So, the next time you invite the gang over to test their senses, instead of having "Italian" or "French" night, why not try game night? Your companions will appreciate the challenge.
Let the Games Begin:
There was a very popular game show on television from 1950 to 1967 called "What's My Line?" It was made up of a celebrity panel who guessed the contestant's occupation through a brief introduction and then a series of questions. Perhaps the show ran so long because it was challenging and at times amusing.
Why not borrow from that idea and have a contest at your next wine tasting? "What's My Region?" might start with an initial tasting with clues that become more revealing as the game progresses.
Of course, you can make up your own rules, but some suggestions for follow-up clues after the traditional tasting are:
• What kinds of grape(s) make up the wine?
• How was the wine stored before bottling?
• Is the wine Old or New World?
• What is the age of the wine?
• What country produced the wine?
Choose your regions:
There are many wine growing regions throughout the globe and more popping up all the time. If you're dealing with a pretty advanced group of wine lovers, you could make this game tricky. But, if you want to keep it a bit simpler, here are some suggestions of some of the better-known regions along with the wines for which they are famous.
o Boudreaux is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
o Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot Noir.
o Rhone is a region which produces many varietals with Syrah as one of its oldest.
Not many people readily know all the regions of Italy, much less the over 350 varieties of grapes. Here are a few suggested regions known to many wine consumers.
o Umbria produces some excellent Merlots.
o Tuscany and Chianti go hand in hand.
o Puglia arguably offers some of the best Zinfandel.
o Castillo Leon has the perfect climate for Tempranillo.
o Murcia boasts some pretty delicious Syrah.
o Baden's one of the more pronounceable regions in Germany and produces Riesling, one of the most popular wines
o Mittelrhein is a region famous for Pinot Noir,
o Napa Valley hosts a variety of vineyards with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc among the most prevalent.
o Sonoma also produces many varietals with Chardonnay and Merlot among the favorites.
o Columbia Valley is no slouch when it comes to excellent wines including Riesling, Merlot, and Syrah.
o Patagonia is a region with some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards.
This list represents a small sampling of regions both Old and New World, so the possibilities are endless!
Not only will your guests have fun and possibly learn something, but also the winner of each round might win a bottle of the wine in question or, perhaps just bragging rights.
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- Adam Linet