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Wine Tasting Initiation Course

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Maybe you have never taken an introductory wine tasting course, but surely you have said at some point: I don't understand wine, I only know if I like a wine or not... Yes, well, congratulations, you are already half way to understanding wine. Because understanding wine does not mean knowing the name of every winemaker of the more than 4,000 wineries in Spain. Understanding wine means knowing what you like, knowing how to define why you like it and what factors make you like it. Our sommeliers select very different wines from different Appellations of origin so that the tasting is an experience where you can contrast, learn and have a good time.

Description of the experience

How many appellations of origin are there in Spain? What is a vino de pago? and a vino de la tierra? does the age of the vines matter in the wine? can the same grape produce different wines depending on where it is grown? do I always have to shake the glass? will I always like a more expensive wine better than a lower priced one?

In detail

We will begin with a brief introduction to the world of wine tasting, and you will be provided with a Tasting Manual prepared by Gourmet Madrid.

First Round
The wine tasting begins, one by one you will taste the 6 wines (normally 2 whites and 4 reds) blind, so that you will not be influenced by brands, grapes or prices. You will be able to interact with the sommelier giving your opinion: what does it smell like and why, why is it very or very little astringent, do you like it?

Second Round
The wines evolve with oxygenation and change. Once the 6 wines have been tasted, we take them back to see their evolution and discover their Denominations of Origin and the grapes and characteristics they have. You thought you only liked Ribera del Duero and you have been dazzled by a wine from Jumilla? When your senses are tasting, everything is possible.
In this round you will vote for your favorites, which may have changed from one round to another, and you will be able to comment on what you think. In some tastings the wine with a lower price has been the most voted, beating wines that were twice the price, in others, a Vino de Pago or a Ribera del Duero. Which one do you think you would vote for?

Once the tasting course is over, you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the wines used.

Get ready for the activity

Included

• Tasting of 6 wines, normally 2 whites and 4 reds, analyzing and watching them evolve in two rounds.

• We will learn the steps of winemaking and the possible consequences of each of them on the appearance, aroma, taste and texture of the final product.

• Grape types and unusual appellations of origin (Garnacha, Aire, Mencía, Tempranillo or Monastrell among others).

• Bread picks to purify the mouth (no food, that would be a pairing, we focus on wine tasting).

• Trainers with more than 8 years of experience initiating more than 10,000 people in wine tasting.

• Facility and information on where to purchase any of the wines of the introductory wine tasting course.

• Tasting manual

 

Duration

• 2 hours & 30 min.

 

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially on long weekends and holidays.

 

Voucher

We will send you an email with a voucher that you can print or take with you to the activity.

 

Frequently asked questions

How to make a reservation?

To book the tour you just have to choose the desired date and fill out the form on this page. Confirmation is immediate.

 

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

 

To be considered:

• Tour subject to availability

• Comfortable shoes

• Camera

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you don't cancel within 24 hours or do not show up, you will not be refunded

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