A new way of group tasting

Calling all wine students and wine lovers that want to learn how to taste better while having some fun at the same time. Tasting in group and calibrating your tasting notes against others is one of the best ways to learn how to taste. Unfortunately with all the Covid restrictions, tastings are getting scarce and less joyful, and not everyone lives near a tasting group. And although there are many virtual wine events, most are “dry” in both meanings of the word: there is no wine provided and there is very little interactivity or fun.

Our online group tastings take a unique approach:

  • We all taste and analyze the same wines  using the WSET systematic approach to tasting (SAT)
  • We take live votes from all participants, and build a group tasting note. We then discuss the result and give tasting guidance, so you can compare with your own findings and calibrate your palate.
  • We also play play a fun and educational quiz where you can try to guess the wine and answer some trivia questions.
  • All this is mixed up with an overview of the key factors of the wine and its region of origin, in a format familiar to WSET students. The perfect way to reinforce your knowledge while having fun!

After the session we send you a detailed tasting note (see example here) and copy of the presentation, so you can re-taste the wine again afterwards, or catch up in case you missed a session.

We already hosted 7 "seasons" of our mystery tastings, with over 200 people participating in total, and the feedback was unanimously positive!

Interested? Then join us for our next round...
Vote on the different characteristics of the wine (color, smell and taste aspects) and compare your result with that of the group.
Participate in our quiz: try to guess the grape variety and origin of the wine and answer some trivia questions related to the wine.

Next sessions 

After more than a year of virtual wine tastings, a summer break is due where we can hopefully engage in some physical tastings and even visit some wine regions.

We still want to organize a fun activity before summer and that is the second (and much improved) version of our mystery tasting contest of which you can find all the details here

You can still sign up till June 18th and we will reveal the wines and winners during a fun online session on June 23rd. The top 3 tasters will receive a nice prize!

We plan to announce new sessions both virtual and possibly physical after summer. If you want to be the first to know, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Bespoke online tasting?

Would you like to organize an online wine tasting within your company or organization as a team building or corporate incentive, or just among wine-loving friends? We can offer you tailored sessions to fit your needs with the right mix of "edutainment". Please contact us for more details.

What our attendees thought...

  • Great way to continue WSET-style tasting from the comfort of your living room!
  • Very educational and professional tastings with a bit of fun as well.
  • Amazing nice discoveries together with so great learning. Precious to complement my WSET courses.
  • Expertly led workshops, interesting wines, fun concept.
  • Great covid proof wine experience with wine enthusiasts Peter and Stijn!
  • Super interactive sessions from the comfort of your home - an ideal way to keep up your tasting skills and discover new wines!
  • What a pleasure to be able to develop tasting skills with reference wines and to connect with partners in wine passion.
  • Tasting and theory are very complementary! The quiz is certainly valuable and exciting!
  • Not just fantastic sessions but also a great way of meeting new people with the same passion!
  • Best virtual wine tasting I have had in a long time. Love these guys!
  • Great experience! Good balance between fun and learning. 
  • Warning: once you start you never stop to subscribe!
  • Perfect tasting training and calibration among peers
  • Insightful, fun and quality wines!
  • This beats Zoom yoga! :)

Who are we?

Peter Arijs

A distinction-level WSET Diploma graduate and award winner with a passion for blind tasting, Peter works as an independent wine consultant and educator. Specialized in Spanish Wines, Peter is an educator for the Spanish Wine Scholar program, an ICEX certified Spanish Wine Specialist and a certified Rioja Wine Educator. 

  
 

Stijn Verleyen

Stijn's passion for wine resulted in a series of certificates and diplomas, with WSET Diploma (2018) as the (provisional?) end point. Like Peter, he won the Royal Tokaj Prize for his final exam. Furthermore, he is a certified educator for Languedoc-Roussillon. Stijn teaches for Syntra and Winewise, mostly in Brussels.

  

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