Have you ever heard of a book
club? Well, a wine tasting club is very similar except of course
the focus is on wine, not books. Like a book club a wine tasting
club is a social gathering. The wine tasting club meets to taste,
judge, and discuss wine. Wine tasting clubs are educational but
are mostly a way to enjoy friends and have loads of fun.
A wine tasting club should not be confused with
a wine club. A wine club is a marketing tool used by wineries and
wine shops to get people to sign up to receive periodic shipments
of wine. If you want information on a winery wine club, we have information here.
Suggestions for Starting a Wine Tasting Club?
Ideal club size is anywhere from 8 to 16 people. You can start
with just a very small group and it will build from there.
Start by hosting the first wine tasting party.
Send out an invitation with all the details about the event.
Emphasize fun and education. The last thing you want is intimidation.
At the first meeting set the guidelines for the club. Perhaps,
choose a name for the club. Decide on meeting dates, hosting
assignments, and the theme for the next tasting. Decide on what
foods will be served. Is it pairing appetizers with the tasting
or is it dinner after the tasting?
Is always a good idea to have a person as the designated recorder
or secretary. The main responsibility is to make sure they keep
all the scoring results and send them out.
Decide how to pick and purchase the wine. If each couple or
person brings one bottle of wine then it can become a contest
to see brought the “winning” wine. It
is best if the host purchases the wine and then gets a reimbursement.