' How to be a Wine Critic. - Lenne Estate


How to be a Wine Critic.
 Want to know how much you really like a wine? Well how about getting a group of 15 people together and doing your own blind tasting. We are one of the few wineries in Oregon conducts blind tastings for consumers and I am going to share with you how to do it. It’s easy and loads of fun.

First, I suggest you start with wines of the same varietal(i.e. Pinot Noir, Cabernet, etc) from the same region and the same vintage. You can even get more specific and gather producer wines from a single appellation. You can compare regions or vintages or even varietals if you want to see how things are different. We do this with French Burgundies each year. But if you are judging Oregon Pinot Noirs against other Oregon Pinot Noirs and want to know what are the best wines then keep the wines to a single vintage. We find that eight wines is the perfect number for this type of tasting.

So all you have to do is gather your wines and put them in a paper bag. Pull the corks just before your guests arrive and strip any foil on the bottle neck. You should have 8 uniform glasses spread out for each guests. Have one of your guests randomly mix up the wines then number the bottles one through eight. Pour about a 1.5 ounce pour in each glass then take about 20 minutes to smell and taste the wines. It is important that you do this in silence so as not to influence each other’s perceptions of the wine.

Finally, have each person rate the wine in order of preference. You can click on the link below to download our tasting sheet. Assume the wines in front of you correspond to the wines on the tasting sheet from left to right. So wine number one on your tasting sheet is the first wine on your left. If that was your favorite wine in the flight put the number 1 on the tasting sheet where it says my rank. If it was your least favorite wine put the number 8 in that same place. Do the same thing for the other wines. When you are finished you should have ranked the wines in order of preference from one to eight. Don’t tie any of the wines though when you add up the scores you may get a tie.www.lenneestate.com/assets/client/File/Tastingsheetblind.pdf

Finally pass your tasting sheets to the accountant in the group and have them add up the numbers for each wine, the wine with the lowest score is first, the next lowest second and so on. The person adding up the scores can put the ranking in the group rank section of sheet. Now comes the fun part. Ask the group about their impressions of wine number one, then tell them the rank and reveal the wine. You will be surprised at what you find out.

If you are using the same vintage of Oregon Pinot Noir and use one of our wines we would love to see a video of when you reveal the wines. If we come in first we might just send you a special gift for your next tasting. Just send it to my attention at steve@lenneestate.com. If you have any questions I am happy to help. Happy wine rating!
Post By:   Steve Lutz

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