In an earlier post, I described having fun pairing wine and music. As I researched my post on what it takes to be a Master Sommelier, something grabbed my attention. Mr. Micu explained that one way he “interpreted” wine was through shapes. For example, he drew a pointy starfish shape on a napkin as he tasted a crisp white Austrian wine. I thought, “Wow! An opportunity for a wine tasting game!” Interpret wine through visuals.
Here’s the wine tasting game. It’s played like Apples to Apples. What you’ll need are a bunch of white index cards and some pencils.
Each guest samples the same wine. One guest is the Judge. This designation will rotate around the room. As guests taste the wine, they draw on their cards a shape that comes to mind, careful not to show anyone what they drew. Don’t worry. You don’t need to be a masterful artist to do this. As a matter of fact, Mr. Micu drew just a pointy shape.
When everyone is done, they slide their upside down card to the Judge, who turns them over and chooses the one that he or she feels is the best interpretation of the wine. The guest who drew the selected picture gets a point.
You play this way, rotating Judges, for however many bottles of wine you are sampling.
The winner is the person who wins the most “rounds.” If there is a tie, open up a few more bottles and have a tiebreaker.
There are so many fun ways to enjoy wine with friends. As the weather cools and the days get shorter, a wine interpretation event could be just the ticket.
If you’ve done a similar wine tasting game, please share your experiences here.