Class Tasting Partner

Hello fellow wine lovers,

I am currently going through the Understanding Wine classes. I am on Class 2 - Tasting Reds and am wondering if anyone here would be interested in being my tasting partner! Most of my friends are not interested in being this geeky about wine with me so I am in need of someone to work through the class tastings with (because the enjoyment of wine is even better when shared). I am located in Phoenix, AZ, but I am sure it would be a long-shot to find anyone interested who is in the same area. So I was thinking that we could do our "shared" tastings virtually using something like Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. We could choose wines that are widely-ish available so that we could both have the same wines while we taste together virtually. Is anyone interested in going through these class tastings with me as an online (video) tasting partner? Another thing to keep in mind is that I am in the Mountain Standard Time Zone so for us to do this together you would need to be in a time zone that is close enough to that to make it feasible (certainly anywhere in the US would work). Cheers!
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Daedene - I agree it's a lot nicer to work with someone. Too bad you can't find someone close to home to taste with in person. Is there a local Yahoo group or something that you might be able to hook up with? Or can you post a note in a wine shop? The problem is:
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I am on Class 2 - Tasting Reds and am wondering if anyone here would be interested in being my tasting partner! Most of my friends are not interested in being this geeky about wine


Unfortunately, I think a lot of people on this board may be past that stage. That's not to be discouraging however - it's just that in a few months you will be too!

Anyhow, stick around and post on your experiences. All the best!
Thanks for the replies! I am a member of several wine meetup groups. Those are really fun, but we are typically tasting wines at the venue, not the wine comparisons for the WS classes.

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement. I am now on Class #5 and really enjoying the process. I'd still be happy to do a virtual tasting with someone here if anyone is interested, and I will keep reaching out to my local groups.

Thanks again for the encouragement. I am so happy to be learning more about wine!
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Originally posted by daedene:
Hello fellow wine lovers,

I am currently going through the Understanding Wine classes. I am on Class 2 - Tasting Reds and am wondering if anyone here would be interested in being my tasting partner! Most of my friends are not interested in being this geeky about wine with me so I am in need of someone to work through the class tastings with (because the enjoyment of wine is even better when shared). I am located in Phoenix, AZ, but I am sure it would be a long-shot to find anyone interested who is in the same area. So I was thinking that we could do our "shared" tastings virtually using something like Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. We could choose wines that are widely-ish available so that we could both have the same wines while we taste together virtually. Is anyone interested in going through these class tastings with me as an online (video) tasting partner? Another thing to keep in mind is that I am in the Mountain Standard Time Zone so for us to do this together you would need to be in a time zone that is close enough to that to make it feasible (certainly anywhere in the US would work). Cheers!


daedene . . . start a thread "Paging Tdub." He's in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Travels a ton, but worth reaching out

It seems like a lot could get lost by doing this with someone remotely (e.g., via Skype). Would be worth continuing to check around to see if anyone else (or perhaps a group of folks) would be up for a regular meet up

good luck!
Parcival, thank you so much for this great suggestion! I will definitely "page" Tdub. Smile

Thanks again to everyone for the helpful suggestions! I really appreciate it. I am a member of a couple of Meetup groups that meet causally for wine (happy hours and such), so I have started talking to them about doing a more formal tasting (for the classes). There is some interest, but it is hard to find people who really want to learn about wine, not just drink it, haha!

Thanks again!
I can see that one of my replies did not post...

Anyway, GregT and g-man, thanks so much for this encouragement. I am a member of several "wine" meetups and, based on your suggestions, I asked some of my fellow members if they would be interested in doing a more formal tasting, rather than just the restaurant flights that we normally do. I got a little bit of interest so now I just have to figure out how to organize it (and get people to actually commit). Smile

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement. I am already through Class #5 and looking forward to continuing to increase my knowledge of wine.

S~
daedene - it is surprisingly hard to get people to gather to learn as opposed to just taste. So one option is to learn all you can from those events where people are just gathering to enjoy wine and company.

But you can still make that kind of interesting. I'm assuming you have access to a lot of CA wine, so what if you gathered up some Merlot from Oakville, Rutherford, and say, Alexander Valley. Get like 2 or 3 of each, all from the same vintage and see if you can detect any similarities or differences between them that might be attributed to the different regions. You can do that with wines from anywhere in the world actually.

Or find some wines made by the same wine maker in different places and see if you can identify his or her hand. If you pick someone like Phillipe Cambie, who seems to make hundreds of wines in the south of France, you can do it inexpensively.

You'd have to do a little research online to find out what comes from where, but that's a learning experience too, and you can order online if the stuff isn't available locally.
GregT - it is is surprisingly hard to get people who are willing to settle down and really learn about the wine as opposed to just drink/taste it.
Thanks for these great additional suggestions. I have been pleasantly surprised how easy it is to find diverse, affordable wines from shops in the Phoenix area. Also, I'm going wine tasting in Oregon in a couple weeks so I am really looking forward to that! I love learning about wine, but you are absolutely right that just enjoying a glass in good company is wonderful too. You can't go wrong when you have a glass of good wine! Smile
Thanks!
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GregT - it is is surprisingly hard to get people who are willing to settle down and really learn about the wine as opposed to just drink/taste it.
Thanks for these great additional suggestions. I have been pleasantly surprised how easy it is to find diverse, affordable wines from shops in the Phoenix area. Also, I'm going wine tasting in Oregon in a couple weeks so I am really looking forward to that! I love learning about wine, but you are absolutely right that just enjoying a glass in good company is wonderful too. You can't go wrong when you have a glass of good wine! Smile
Thanks!


u can casually drop ways of learning about a wine during meet ups for drinking.

a simply question like "oh this wine is fantastic, <look to someone else> what do you think?" or you can prod with the power of suggestion "I taste blueberries in this <look to another person> what do you think?"

it's a good way to feel out who might be interested vs "I drink anything with ethanol in it" crowd.

Self study is acutally not that bad.

i'd pick up a bunch of bottles like gregt mentioned.

try to see if you can pick out tastes yourself, then when you have a group together, play a "guess the bottle game" or even something along the lines of brown bagging all of the wines and asking your friends to humor you. It might start a blind tasting club if they get into it.

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