I’ve done a few tastings for small groups in the last few years, and raised some money for my cricket club and charity by doing so.
They must have gone down ok because I’ve now been asked to do a somewhat bigger one for 50ish people at our local ‘gentlemens’ club (and ladies too I hasten to add!
After my fairly modest fee and some other small costs, the budget is just over £8 a head, and I intend to do 8 wines which is my ‘norm’. Based on tasting pour sizes, I reckon that means I can spend an average of £10 a bottle…
I tend to do some comparative pairings - different expressions of same grape variety or differing wines from same region, plus a couple of more unusual wines that most won’t have tried/heard of. Ideas so far include:
The Pinot Gris theme - looking beyond the ‘Pinot Grigio’…thinking Alsace (obviously!) plus perhaps the English or German PG on WS list.
Affordable Pinot Noir - the WS new Hungarian springs to mind…was even thinking of putting the Lidl one at a fiver in to, as although it’s basic it’s got the varietal…
Rhone - two differing examples. Getting a decent Northern Rhone within that budget is a challenge…so may be two contrasting southern Rhones…Vinsobres 420 and the Escarvailles Cairanne, spring to mind, or maybe the WS Vacqueyras.
Zinfandel/Primitivo - my experience of the WS own labels of these suggests they would be fine.
Thinking of doing either Musar Hochar or the Thymiopolous red as the offbeat one, not sure about what white for that camp yet.
That would be 10 wines in total, so I would axe something…bizarrely I probably need the Pinot Noir (or something about the same price) to stay within budget…
Any ideas based on the multitude of experience on this forum would be welcome. I will probably buy half cases of each on the basis I’ll need about 5 bottles for the tasting (might get away with 4) and a spare or two of each.
Looking to get order in tomorrow or Tuesday.
Thanks in anticipation!