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Today’s Wine Word: Horizontal Tasting

What’s a horizontal wine tasting?

Don’t worry – you don’t have to lie down. Unless you want to 😉

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How to Host a Blind, Comparative Tasting at Home

What a great way to spend a Friday night with your wine-loving friends! 

If you think of a “horizontal tasting” as the way to describe your physical state after tasting several wines, it’s actually just another name for a blind, comparative tasting, which is tons of fun and also quite educational!

Here’s how it goes: You taste several wines of the same variety and vintage side by side, without knowing which is which (a vertical tasting is trying several different vintages of the same wine). 

Here’s what you need to do: Decide what kind of tasting would be fun and get in touch with your friends. How many wines to taste depends upon how experienced your group is. If most of the group is inexperienced, probably six wines should be the max. You could taste six Napa Valley Cabernets or two flights of three wines, three Chardonnays and three Zinfandels, for more variety. Continue reading


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