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10 Ways to Make the Most of a Wine/Food Tasting Event

 
Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 11:56:26 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

A tasting event is a true culinary adventure, with rows of tables filled with unique bites and prestigious bottles of wine for sampling. With all of the options on the table, you want to get the most for your money and time. After hosting (and attending) these events for years now, we have some secret tricks of the trade to offer, which will help you maximize your evening.

10. Arrive early.New York Toast of the Town Martini
When possible, it’s best to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all of the spectacular wine and food—and beat everyone else to it! Being “fashionably late” will not do you any good.

9. Be comfortable.
You will be on your feet for a few hours, tasting wine and food from all corners of the world. The last thing you want ruining a delectable tuna tartare is foot pain. Look nice, but comfort is key.

8. Blaze your own trail.
Groups of people will typically crowd around certain dishes and wines. A kobe beef burger or a 2001 Brunello will surely be popular, but wait for your moment to get a taste. Blaze your own trail to the hamachi with chive oil and return to the kobe beef once everyone has moved on.

7. Be Social.
People from all areas come to these events for a chance to taste exotic treats. Why not mix and mingle over some of your favorite dishes? Chat up wineries and restaurateurs as well, they may have their own interesting stories.

New York Toast of the Town Lincoln Center

6. Make it memorable.
After tasting a multitude of wines, things may start to get fuzzy. Take every opportunity you can to take business cards and menus from restaurants that you particularly enjoy. These will be useful devices in the morning, when you’re trying to recall who made the oyster shooters or which Riesling was your #1 choice. Jot down tasting notes in your booklet for your favorite sips.

5. Be Daring.
It’s a tasting event after all, so taste something new! Go outside of your comfort zone by seeking out unique wines like Gruner Veltliner or maybe a Pinot Noir from Chile. This is a great chance to broaden your horizons, so take advantage of it.

4. Bring A Novice.
One of the joys of wine is being able to share your knowledge with friends so that they may appreciate it as much as you. Use a wine/food tasting event as an opportunity to introduce someone you love to the world of wine.

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3. Bring Accessories.
This wine glass holder necklace may look unorthodox, but it can make a world of difference. (Just read the customer reviews.) Rather than juggling a plate and glass, you can be hands-free while enjoying your food. Can’t beat that!

2. Take your time.
You have plenty of time to taste as much as you’d like. Take some time to ponder each sip and bite. Discuss your favorites with friends and return for more of the best.

1. Be Responsible.
Nobody wants to be remembered as the guy/gal who fell asleep in the guacamole. It’s great to return for more of your favorite wines, but remember that this is a “tasting” event, not a drinking spree.

I’m sure many of you have honed in on your own tricks of the trade. If you have anything to add, please share with the rest of us!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our very own Toast of the Town event which hits San Francisco in just a week, followed by Atlanta, Chicago and New York. Now that you’re prepared, secure your tickets today!

Catch a sneak peek of last year’s Toast of the Town San Francisco:

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5 Responses to “10 Ways to Make the Most of a Wine/Food Tasting Event”

  1. Great post. I especially agree with #5. I discovered Aglianico, a less popular Italian varietal, at last year’s Lincoln Center event. Now, it’s a staple wine in my cellar.

  2. Yes, great summary. When you say arrive early do you mean at 4:00 because there will be a line to get in or do you mean don’t come at 9?

  3. Hi Nat–
    Thanks! And by “early” I meant arrive at the earlier part of the event, not before the event starts. So yes, arriving at 9 would be a bad idea but arriving at 4:00 isn’t necessary.

  4. The 10 tips were great. we are new to wine events. Are there any in the near future in Southern California. We live near the Temecula Wine Country?

  5. This is some great information to know, thanks for sharing. Experiencing an event like this takes proper planning and can be thoroughly enjoyed if you heed these tips.

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