Fundraiser Event: Wine Tasting
A Fundraiser event is the perfect time and place for Fundraising Wine! Whether it’s a school fete, a raffle, a trivia night, sports clubs social night, a Girls’ Night In to raise funds for your chosen cause, a Wine & cheese night, or just work drinks.
Fundraising Wine can be used as raffle prizes, giveways, or gifts or rewards to say thank you for someone’s valued time and effort with your fundraiser.
All of these and more can become a Wine Fundraiser Event. As we do for a Wine Drive, we provide you with an Order Form with wine tasting notes, pricing, and payment details.
A wine tasting as a fundraiser event is a fun and affordable to taste wines and collect wine orders.
You can purchase 1 or more wine mixed dozens for your Wine Tasting event. Some organisations run a Wine Tasting as part of another pre-existing fundraiser event – annual meeting, awards night, trivia night, etc – to take advantage of the numbers of people attending that event.
The cost* of Tasting Wines does not include your profit margin, so as to keep the costs as low as possible. You can order Tasting wines with our generic labels, for an even cheaper option.
*Free delivery to metropolitan Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide. Surcharges apply to all other areas. Surcharges depend on total wine order quantity and location. Please contact us to confirm delivery pricing.
Tip: A gold coin collection at the door can help recoup some or all of the cost of a Wine Tasting event.
How much wine to order?
The quantity required will depend on how many people are attending, and how large or generous a serve you pour:
- 100mL ….. 1 standard glass …………. 7.5 serves per 750mL bottle
- 50mL …… 3 and a bit mouthfuls …… 15 serves per 750mL bottle
- 30mL …… 2 mouthfuls ………………… 25 serves per 750mL bottle
- 25mL …… almost 2 mouthfuls ……… 30 serves per 750mL bottle
(this seems to be the standard at winery tastings I’ve been to)
- 15mL …… 1 mouthful …………………. 50 serves per 750mL bottle
(You can put a texta line on an empty glass to use as a measure for the pour.)
At a tasting, most people will probably try all wines once, and may come back for a second taste.
So, for example, for 30-40 people, and 25mL tastings, you could get 2 bottles of each wine.
It’s better to have more than enough, rather than less, so if you want to order more, and you have leftover wines, these can be put towards your Wine Drive orders. You probably need more red and white wines than of the sparkling or port, as they are more popular.
Running your Wine Tasting Event
Provide your guests with printed Order Forms and pencils, so they can take notes on their favourite wines. Be prepared to collect the Order Forms at the end of the tasting: ensure all details are filled in. And don’t forget to be the wine salesman at your event – you want to encourage people to buy as well as taste!
Having room-temperature drinking water available to cleanse the palate in-between each wine is a good idea. Avoid chilled or iced water as this can numb the taste buds.
You can provide unsalted crackers and mild cheese if you want to some snacks to go with wine. Avoid strongly flavoured foods that might clash with the wine flavours.
Tips for Tasting Wines:
- Don’t fill the glass for tasting because you need to leave room for the swirling: about a third of a glass should be enough.
- Hold the glass up to the light to see if it is clear or cloudy. Does it contain sediment or any other solid matter? When the wine is older, in the case of red wines, it tends to be a deep red colour.
- Swirl the glass gently to activate the aromatic particles so that when you move on the sniffing of the wine you will appreciate it fully.
- Tilt the glass towards your face and put your nose inside the glass. You should bend your head slightly forward and tip the glass to a 45 degree angle.
- Now inhale gently for about 4 seconds bearing in mind that the scent from the wine may vary during one sniff.
People often wonder why wine experts pull funny faces when taking a mouthful but there is a very important reason for doing this. After taking a mouthful they try to spread the wine around all the different areas of the mouth. At the tip of the tongue are the detectors for sweetness, in the middle is saltiness, at the sides acidity and sourness are detected and at the very back of the tongue there are sensors that detect bitterness, so make sure you get a big enough mouthful the coat your whole mouth.
Another tip to maximise the flavour of the wine is to take in air while it’s in your mouth. It is only necessary to have a tiny opening at the side of your mouth and to suck in immediately as you are taking a drink of wine. After this breath downwards through your nose to intensify the sensation.
The following terms may seem fanciful at first, but with practice and the right tasting techniques, you should be able to start picking them out from the taste of the wines.