Taste of the Vine

Wine tasting, Cheese, Gin, Real Ale & Whisky Events   •   22 years, 3570 events, 49 countries


Taste of the Vine formats have been crafted from a deep base of subject knowledge. However, unlike many tasting based events, they are not lectures, sales pitches or guessing games reliant on guests' prior knowledge. They are a blend of tasting, interactive theatre, comedy and skill development.

All of the formats can be staged as a seated show or a standing reception and the level of interaction can also be tailored. For example you may require the activity to be a part of an event rather than the main feature.

2020 - Covid response - Online events

We have converted our cheese, wine, whisky and ale formats to suit an online environment. Please see the Cheese and Wine Masterclass and Challenge for more.

A Taste of the Future™ emerging markets challenge

Inspired by the Wild and Rare section of Francis Gimblett’s Wine Navigator™ project, Taste of the Future introduces guests to the finest wines from those countries poised to create an impact on fine wine markets.

Wine Investment Challenge™

A fun tasting, where guests discover how wines are valued for investment purposes.

The Entertaining Cheesemakers - Artisan Cheese and Drink Challenge

Run in conjunction with Gimblett Cheese (Surrey cheesemakers and our sister company), The Artisan Cheese and Drink Challenge combines the finest local (to your event) artisan: cheeses, wines, ales, ciders and gins (or a selection of your choice), with interaction, humour and fun.

The Entertaining Cheesemakers - Interactive Cheese and Port Show

After-dinner entertainment, fresh from Taste of the Vine’s cheesemaking dairy.

Best of British Artisan Cheese & International Wines

This fun challenge matches the finest British farmhouse cheeses with international wines. Contains all the hallmarks of a Taste of the Vine event: interaction, humour and fun.

Cheesemaking challenge and artisan cheese and drink masterclass

A fun cheesemaking challenge and artisan cheese and drink tasting, held at a venue of your choice.

1.5 hour format suitable for evening receptions and a 3 hour format suitable for activity afternoons.

Beer - Taste of the Hop™ - A taste of London

New for 2016: An interactive tasting tour of London's finest micro-breweries.

A Taste of Juniper - artisan gin tasting

Our interactive, small-batch, gin tasting event.

Wine Auction Challenge™

A fast-paced tasting where guests assess a range of wines before placing bids in a mock auction.

Blind Tasting Challenge™

Our hallmark event, based on identifying grapes, countries and years in a range of international wines.

Beer - Taste of the Hop™ - British Real Ale

An interactive tasting and challenge, with the finest of Britain's new breweries.

Beer - Taste of the Hop™ - International

An engaging tasting and challenge, which showcases the world’s finest beers.

A Taste of the Grain™ - Whisky

A malt whisky tasting - with more than a dram of humour.

Fine Wine Tasting

Explore the world of fine wine with a gently interactive twist.

A Taste of England™ - Sparkling Wine

An effervescent blend of the finest English sparkling wines, humour and challenge.

The Champagne Challenge™

Fine Champagne, delivered with humour and interaction.

Whose Wine Is It Anyway?™

A highly competitive wine blending and marketing event for team building.

A Taste of Britain™

An interactive tasting of fine English wine, Welsh Ale and Scottish Whiskies.

Sommeliers' Banquet™

This entertaining event combines a range of our tasting challenges during a meal. The emphasis is on light-hearted competition and picking up some new skills.

The Cheese Challenge™

A tasting challenge with a slice of humour.

Hall of Challenges™

This playground for the palate is a combination of challenges spread across a range of tasting stalls.

Interactive Cocktails™

This unique and highly interactive event introduces guests to the thrilling world of cocktail culture.

The Cider Challenge™

This interactive tasting reveals why this fabulous national drink is seeing a revival of fortunes.

The Gourmet Gauntlet™

A classic Taste of the Vine blend of comedy, participation, improvisation and useful information!

Online Cheese and Wine (or ale or whisky) Tasting and Challenge

This fun, online tasting showcases the finest British cheeses and matching international wines (ales, whiskies) in a humour-filled show. Inspired by cheesemaker and wine expert Francis Gimblett’s 100 Cheesemakers in 100 Days road trip and forthcoming book, Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheese, the experience is as engaging as being in the same room.

Gimblett’s Cheese and Wine Tasting Game

Deliciously interactive and deeply immersive, Gimblett's Cheese and Wine Tasting Game pack (and optional accompanying masterclass video) gives you a fun and simple tour of your palate, equipping you with new abilities to explore the flavour language of British artisan cheeses and international wines.