Triangle Chapter, American Wine Society Serving Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, and Vicinity www.awstriangle.org
Guidelines and Suggestions for Tasting Presenters
The following suggestions are offered as guidelines for
people who lead presentations for us at wine tastings of the Triangle chapter.
Updated June 2019.
We appreciate your offer to present wines very much!
Some of you will be professionals in the wine industry, while many of you will
simply be wine lovers leading us in a discussion of some favorite wines or
regions. In either case, we want to offer you some guidance to help make
your presentation well received -- and to provide a backup plan in case you have
an emergency situation which prevents you from coming.
We would appreciate your taking the following steps to make your
Buy your wines at least a week in advance. They need to be "on hand"
and available to us in case you can't present. We usually know the
final tasting count the second Friday before the tasting.
Make up some tasting notes (either for yourself or as handouts) -- again
to provide backup in case you can't present.
Give strong consideration to some kind of handout naming the wines and
telling us something about them.
Your opening presentation should not exceed 15
minutes max! Additional information can be presented as wines are
It is advisable not to put the price of each wine in the handouts, so as
not to influence ratings; however, be prepared to tell attendees the price
after each wine is tasted. Rounding the nearest dollar is appreciated.
If you are willing to do so, you can add your wine names to preprinted
sheets to handout to attendees, based on our
customizable wine evaluation chart;
otherwise we will use blank evaluation sheets
Wherever possible please supply original receipts.
If your receipts include other purchases, please summarize your wine