The Tasting Games is a hilarious blind tasting competition, with a wine-loving audience tasting the same wines as the experts on stage.
Hosted by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, each of the fun, irreverent events in Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna featured three wine industry celebrities on stage, blind tasting five wines. The evening began with a quick "how to blind taste wine" tutorial from Rhys, and then the game was on!
On stage, the wine experts debated what they tasted in the glass. The audience enjoyed some heated discussion and a few bluffs, as the celebrities discussed, haggled and used their wine savvy to guess at the mystery wines’ origin, varietal, producer, age and price. Meanwhile, the audience tasted the exact same wines, listening in to the experts on stage and colluding with their friends to guess at which international wine was in the five glasses. It was an amazing opportunity to learn from (and compete against) some of the best wine tasters in the business, in relaxed, social atmosphere.
After much discussion and cajoling, the experts and the audience members handed in their best guesses. While the results are tabulated, the celebrities mingled with the audience, enjoying chef-prepared small bites and glasses of local wine. The wine industry enjoyed the camaraderie, as proceeds from the evening benefit viticulture scholarships and culinary education.
At the end of the evening, Rhys revealed what actually was in the glass. The top-scoring wine celebrity from on stage and the top scoring audience member was invited to compete on stage at the Tasting Games Finale in Kelowna.
Meet the 2019 winner of the Tasting Games - the “Best Wine Taster in BC!”
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