Are you in a wine rut, bored with the wines you know and looking to mix things up a little?
Do you need some help discovering what wine styles you’ll enjoy?
Have you always wanted to learn more about wine but don’t know where to begin?
Then join our virtual wine tasting events on the second Wednesday of the month... you’ll get to enjoy some wines you already know you like, explore less familiar wines along the same themes, and occasionally discover a new wine you love that you never would've tried otherwise.
Guided Wine Tastings
Led by a WSET-certified wine guide, each live virtual tasting event will begin with an overview of the relevant wine regions, varietals, wine-making techniques and terminology. We’ll open the first two wines for a side-by-side tasting - discussing what we see, smell, and taste in these specific wines, as well as what you can expect of this wine style generally. We’ll look to the third wine for contrast (you can either open this third wine too or, if two half bottles are plenty for one evening, take notes for another night) and then the fourth (optional premium add-on) as a special treat. Finally, we’ll open up the session so you can ask your questions and share your comments. Total time: one hour.
Optional Premium Add-on
The premium add-on to the standard three-bottle tasting includes a fourth half bottle that's a high-end version of the theme's wines. For example, the premium option for our Chardonnay tasting is a Puligny-Montrachet - widely regarded to be the most perfect expression of the chardonnay grape. Tasting this wine as part of a broader Chardonnay event is a great way for you to see for yourself whether more expensive wines are worth it; and a half bottle is always a more cost effective way to enjoy a glass of something truly special.
When you sign up for all four events, this option also includes a premium-members-only virtual Q&A session with our WSET wine guide and halfwine.com's founder and director, Kevin. From wine travel and winery visits to running a wine tasting club, building your wine cellar to picking the "gimme" on wine list, wine terminology and pronounciations to the best food pairings... Anything you've ever wanted to ask a wine expert? Now's your chance!
- September 8: Sauvignon Blanc
Compare French and New Zealand sauvignon blancs, then contrast with a sauvignon blanc-sémillon blend; optional premium tasting is a complex oaked wild-ferment sauvignon blanc from New Zealand.
- October 13: Chardonnay
Compare French and South African unoaked chardonnays, then contrast with an oaked version; optional premium tasting introduces a classic Puligny-Montrachet.
- November 10: Pinot Noir
Compare French and New Zealand pinot noirs, then enjoy the surprise of a 100% pinot English bubbly in a can; optional premium tasting adds an excellent Nuits-Saint-Georges.
- December 8: Cabernet Sauvignon
Compare French and South African cabernet-based bordeaux blends, then contrast with a 100% cabernet from Chile; optional premium tasting is an elegant Margaux.