The Blind Tasting Challenge
The Blind Tasting Challenge is an up tempo, fast moving and humorous interactive team game made easy. It works for anyone - no knowledge of wine required! It has proved extremely popular over the years and been used for many different purposes - company social evenings, hen parties, corporate events, school socials/fundraisers and even for breaking the ice at parties! Please see testimonials below.
At Portabello Restaurant or Your Own Premises
By far the most popular tasting I present is The Blind Tasting Challenge. This is an up tempo, fast moving and humorous interactive blind tasting event made easy. It has proved extremely popular over the years and I get lots of repeat bookings. We can supply an excellent venue at no extra cost which is a function room above the excellent Portabello Restaurant in South Parade, Oxford (just opposite The Oxford Wine Cafe). This will take 30 people maximum and has the advantages that there is a good restaurant and bar downstairs. (The free room hire comes with the proviso that customers eat in the restaurant after the event). Alternatively, there are the options to pay the room hire or I can come to your own premises and provide all equipment and glasses if necessary.
You will need a number of tables of between 4-10 people per table (denominations up to you) which would form the teams for the night. They will each give themselves a name at the beginning of the event and I will move around the room getting the teams to talk to each other and to me. The eight wines are served in pairs with the bottles covered except for the first pair which serve as an introduction to the game. Each pair features wines made from the same grape variety with one coming from France and the other an equivalent from a new world country. The teams have to guess which of the two wines is the French wine, what the grape variety is and which country the new world wine is from. I give them all clues and a limited number of choices so that it's not hard, and by the end of the evening everyone will be getting pretty close anyway as they will have learnt the differences by taste. It's very informal and a really good laugh. The winning team wins a bottle of fizz and there's a raffle for a good bottle at the end of the event.
I offer a 15% discount on the wines for orders taken on the night (minimum 6 bottles) and there would be free delivery of all orders within 30 miles of Oxford - otherwise £9.99 nationwide next day delivery per drop. Costings are all inclusive of all wines, presentation fee and travel expenses. I provide tasting sheets, pens, order forms and champagne buckets for discarded wine.
Cost - £22 inc VAT all inclusive per person with 18 people minimum - this doesn't mean that I can't run the game with less people than 18 (12 or even 9 works fine) but less than 18 people is charged as 18 x £22 (£396.00). There are also discounts for numbers above 30. (Please note that I am unable to run this event in The Oxford Wine Cafe itself due to space and cost issues). For booking and further information please contact Theo on 01865 301144 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org with your number and I'll call you to discuss your requirements.