Betty's Wine Musings

Last week, I talked about the benefits of blind wine tastings. Today I will share a demonstration of a blind wine tasting. But first, a quick review of why a blind wine tasting is so great. 

Why Is a Blind Wine Tasting So Great?

One reason a blind wine tasting is so great is that that people aren’t able to bring their preconceived notions about a wine into the tasting. It’s hard to know that you hate the Merlot you’re trying when you don’t know that it’s Merlot 🙂 It’s surprising how many people find out that they don’t hate a wine as much as they thought they did.

Another reason is that people really focus on the wine experience. According to Sunny Brown of WineGeeks, “Tasting a wine blind forces the taster to concentrate on every tiny aspect of the wine. Since he or she may be struggling to pinpoint the style or origin of the wine they will try even harder to identify aromas, flavors or styles.”

A Fun Story About Blind Wine Tastings

Aaron Pott, an acclaimed vintner and consultant in Napa, does blind wine tastings for fun. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Pott “doesn’t take blind tasting—or himself—too seriously. He recounted an event attended by 100 or so wine professionals who were offered the opportunity to participate in a challenge. Mr. Pott was the only one who volunteered—and he got every bottle wrong. But a week later someone brought to his house two wines that he blind tasted, and he ‘nailed them,’ he said… Luck does figure in success: Sometimes a taster is on, sometimes he’s not.”

Blind Wine Tasting Demonstration

I hope you enjoy my video. Note that my cat Shadow was fascinated by the blind wine tasting and really wanted to be a part of the action 🙂







As an independent wine consultant with WineShop At Home, I absolutely enjoy bringing a taste of the Napa wine country home to you one sip at a time. Whether you simply love to drink wine, seek a special personalized wine gift, or are in search of a new wine jobs opportunity as a wine consultant, feel free to contact me for a truly unique wine tasting experience!

Cheers, Betty Kaufman
WineShop At Home

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  1. Shadow is just too cute in this video, and I thought she was the shy one! I enjoyed the video very much and would LOVE to do a blind tasting.

    1. Isn’t Shadow funny? At first, I was doing the video at my dining room table. But Shadow kept walking right in front of the Flip. So I needed to move to the living room. I would love to do a blind tasting for you!

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