“Tasting [wine] completely blind, without any hint of what it might be, is the most useful and salutary discipline that any self-respecting taster can be given. It is not infrequently the most humiliating…”
Michael Broadbent, Wine Tasting (Mitchell Beazley: 2003), p. 105
The Cambridge University Blind Wine Tasting Society (CUBWTS) aims to increase awareness and appreciation of wine by tasting blind (i.e. without prior knowledge of grape type, origin or grower). We provide guided instruction on wine tasting techniques and detailed information on regions and styles.
We hold weekly Sunday blind wine tastings which are open to any member of the university (though you must bring your own six glasses!). Glasses are available for purchase from the society. Tickets are sold and advertised online. At these tastings we take you through 6 whites and 6 reds, with the difficulty of the wines increasing slowly over the year, so that you learn about a huge range of different wines. The sessions are all run by our ‘bufties’, experienced alumni of the society, who come back to pass on their expertise and passion for wine. We also have some special sessions which are run by wine fellows or other wine experts.
In addition to general wine education, our activities also include the training of a blind wine tasting team that goes on to compete in many international competitions.
Society tastings will usually be held on Sundays from 5-7:30pm in Churchill College. Tasting sessions cost £14 for a selection of 10-12 wines. Each tasting is led by past team members and professionals from the wine industry. Our tastings, especially in Michaelmas term, are designed to be accessible to all levels of wine tasting experience.
We encourage attendees to purchase a set of 6 ISO tasting glasses and the CUBWTS tasting book, which contains valuable information about different wines, wine regions and their tasting notes. These will be available in the next couple of weeks to purchase online or at our tastings.
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The 2020-2021 committee
Patrick Brechka: President
Victoria Phan: Secretary
Claire Raisen: Junior Treasurer
Christopher Tout: Senior Treasurer
Nirupa Desai: Events Officer
Jan-Willem Prügel: Alumni Officer
Jivan Navani: Social Secretary