For the first time ever, Decanter is offering readers and wine lovers alike the chance to see behind the scenes of our renowned panel tastings and experience first hand what it means to taste like an expert.
Decanter’s panel tastings are one of the most rigorous exercises in blind tasting, where a panel of three experts taste and score up to 100 wines a day, based on criteria set by the Decanter editorial team.
We’re delighted to announced that this autumn will see the start of our new series of monthly experiences: Decanter Taste with the Experts.
Held at the Decanter offices, in our new tasting suite in West London, an exclusive group of 12 people will learn how to score panel tasting wines with the experts who first rated them.
The first tasting
The first tasting will be based on our Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 panel tasting held earlier this year, and will take place on Thursday 6 October from 6.30pm, hosted by Andy Howard MW.
On arrival, you will be welcomed to a Champagne Taittinger reception.
Alongside Andy who will offer his expert guidance on judging and scoring, you will then blind taste 10 wines from that panel tasting, specially selected for this masterclass. The wines will then be revealed and discussed.
Despite being described as a ‘forgotten vintage’ in Bordeaux, 2017 produced a wonderful array of wines that are already approachable and more than deserve their place on tables and in cellars.
Limited to just 12 guests per tasting, tickets are £145 per person. We recommend booking now to avoid disappointment.
Decanter Taste With The Experts
First Tasting: Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 on Thursday 6 October 2022 from 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Decanter Tasting Suite in Paddington, West London
Price: £145 per ticket
Tickets go on general sale on Friday 16 September.
Upcoming Tastings with Decanter Taste With The Experts
Decanter Taste with the Experts is designed to inspire, educate and entertain through monthly tastings of a different theme. See what’s coming up every month for Decanter Taste With The Experts from October 2022 to February 2023.
|Date||Panel Tasting||Hosted by||Tickets on sale|
|Thursday 6 October||Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017||Andy Howard MW||On Sale Now|
|Thursday 10 November||Barbaresco||Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW||On sale 7 October|
|Thursday 8 December||Châteauneuf-du-Pape||Matt Walls||On sale 11 November|
|Thursday 26 January||Decanter Wines of the Year||Tina Gellie||On sale 9 December|
|Thursday 23 February||Vintage Rosé Champagne and 2000 vs 2003 Vintage Port||Shane Jones||On sale 27 January|
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