Frequently Asked Questions
“Do you provide everything for the tasting?”
Yes, we bring everything needed, from spotless, professional tasting glasses, through to blind bottle tasting covers, aroma challenge packs, tasting notes, quiz sheets, pens and all the necessary bits and pieces. You don’t need to set up, clear up, or wash up anything.
“Will it be like a lecture?”
Definitely not! Our wine tastings are really relaxed and entertaining as well as informative. There’s always a lot of laughter as people pit their wits against everyone else, and indulge in great wines. It’s all pretty interactive.
“How long do the tastings last?”
Up to about 2 hours, but we can make it shorter (or longer) if you like. Whatever fits in with your plans.
“Where can I have a wine tasting?”
Wherever you like – we do them anywhere. At your home, a restaurant, hotel, office, boat, garden – the choice is yours. We can advise you on how to choose a venue, and can probably recommend specific venues in London to suit different requirements, but we ask clients to book directly with the venue. For more on venues click here.
“How many people can attend?”
Anything from 10 upwards. Large corporate functions of 100 or more are no problem, though we often have groups of between 25-50. Private parties tend to be anything between 10 and 50 people – you can have fewer present, but we usually have to charge for minimum 10 (give us a call and we’ll see what we can do).
“Do you sell wine?”
Taste of the Grape is not a wine merchant. We specialise in the tasting and the entertainment and we source the wine we use in tastings through our sister company Tim Syrad Wines Ltd, so if someone really loves a wine at one of our tastings we can arrange for them to buy some.
“What about food?”
For events involving food and wine we can provide cheese and biscuits, and/or chocolate We work with our clients and their caterers to agree food menus to match our wines, or suitable canapés to be served before or after the event.
“How much does it all cost?”
Prices start from £550 + VAT for an event, depending on numbers, wines and any other specific requirements. Travel costs may be charged for locations more than 40 miles from central London. We’ll always try to accommodate you and fit into your budget, so give us a call or email us and we’ll see what we can sort out.
“What are your wines like?”
We have access to just about every wine on sale in the UK, and many that aren’t, but for every event we ensure we present an interesting selection of top quality wines, relevant to the event topic. Most of our events include wines at ‘entry level’ prices, under £10 retail and some seriously top class wines, with prices over £50 retail, enabling people to experience wines they might never otherwise try.
“Will there be enough wine?”
We agree the quantity of wine to be served at the event with the client. In general we find up to half a bottle per person is a good guide, and we believe our events show it’s better to drink less wine of higher quality than loads of cheap stuff. We understand the difficulty of predicting numbers of people on the night so we are happy to agree a minimum amount that we will serve at the start, and to charge for additional bottles to be opened if required.