Tastings: Organization

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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One glass per taster usually suffices, and between a fifteenth and a twentieth of a bottle is enough for a decent tasting sample. Ensuring that tasters are served rather than serving themselves can limit wine consumption.

The suitable number of different wines to be shown at a single tasting is controversial. Some tasters claim to be able to assess up to 200 wines in a day at judging sessions such as the Australian wine shows, while the most experienced professionals in champagne deliberately limit themselves to fewer than a dozen wines at a time. A novice taster should probably start with no more than four wines while a professional might feel a tasting which offered only 15 was hardly worth the detour.