Wine Tasting 101: Palate Training


This wine tasting teaches participants to identify elements of wine on the palate: sweetness, acidity, alcohol, tannins, body.


Wine Tasting 101: Palate Training

Tannins, acidity, ABV, body… what on earth do these things mean? How do people know if a wine has supple tannins or bracing acidity? This tasting is similar to those the pros start with. It explores what the feelings in our mouths tell us about wine.

The Agenda

This night starts with a glass of bubbly and a lesson in spitting technique. Believe us, you’ll want to spit a lot of this out!

Next, participants move into a discussion of each of the facets we’ll explore on our palates: dryness/sweetness, acidity, tannins, ABV, body and tannins.

From there, participants will taste one wine that has been manipulated five times to learn where and how their palate feels different aspects.

Who’s This Good For?

This educational tasting is great for those who are new to wine but want to take it to the next level. It’s informative, but fun. It does not include tasting of multiple wines and instead focuses on learning about wine and the palate in a broad way. Participants may also enjoy Wine Tasting 102: The Tasting Process.

Note for Hosts

This tasting lasts 90-120 minutes and requires some extra setup. Your presenter will arrange to arrive early.


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