Wine Tasting Placemats


December 11, 2013 Blog » Wine Tips & Tricks » Wine Tasting Placemats

Planning on hosting your own wine tasting? Download these free wine placemats to make your tasting party more interactive.

We’ll discuss several ideas on wine tasting parties, but first let’s get set up with the right tools. Wine placemats help organize the flow of a hosted tasting and will help your friends understand what to do (without having to ask). We’ve included two wine placemat designs below; one that is better for learning and the other one that is plain.

Wine Placemats for tasting

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  • 4 wine spots on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper
  • Aroma/Flavor key
  • Flavor profile comparative graph
  • Simplified rating system

 

How To Use

The wine placemats are pretty straightforward, but just in case, here are a few tips and tricks that will improve your wine tastings. First, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out

Geek Technique on How to Taste Wine


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Fruit Level and Body

Besides picking out the fruit flavors and other flavors you taste in a wine, you can also identify the intensity of the fruitiness vs. earthiness in a wine. Put a dot where you think the wine lies on the flavor profile line graph.

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Comparative Graph

Once you’ve determined how bold the wine tastes and what its fruit level is (see above) you can place each of the 4 wines on the comparative graph. Find out more about where wines fit on the Comparative Graph

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Simplified Opinion System

Would you drink this wine again or are you indifferent? Forget numbers and focus on what really matters. Does this wine make you: happy? angry? disappointed? randy? You’d be surprised how many professionals just draw a smiley face at a large professional wine tasting.

 
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Need something a little more plain?

For those of you in the trade who just want plain tasting placemats, we haven’t forgotten about you either. Feel free to download the plain wine tasting placemat to use however you see fit. We highly recommend printing and laminating them for multiple uses.


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Buy A Tasting Mat Set

Learn to taste like a pro! This tasting mat set uses the same 4-step tasting method used by wine professionals. It includes a flavor chart and detailed instructions to help you select wines and choose a theme for your next wine tasting.

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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly