A friend actually told us about TastingRoom.com. The idea is simple: answer key questions about relative wine taste to get to a personalized wine profile. When you first sign up online ($10) there are a few easy questions before they send the first sample bottles. "Do you like your coffee black or with cream and sugar?" Based on your answers they compile a tasting kit that arrives in a snazzy box with instructions, and for added help, their website has video links walking you through a sample tasting.
The bottles have the usual labels on them but also a number between 1 and 6. For us, 1 & 2 were reds, 4 through 6 white wine. In the kit there is a two-sided place mat with circles for each of the six mini bottles. The bottles line up and the online survey asks you to rank them. How do you rank number 1, like it or not so much? If you like it, how much, a lot, moderately, or a little? Then it progresses for each wine and ranks them against each other. Do you prefer number 1 or number 2? By how much, a lot or a little? Once you complete all six wines, you're linked to a profile page that gives advice for both reds and whites-how to order wines, from which recommended countries and regions-all laid out in easy pictures and a graph.
Based on your entries they start sending you bottles to try and continue refining your profile with each shipment. The experience is smooth and easy, and we found it fun. Our one complaint is that everything is geared to just one person; there is no way to state "I prefer number 3 but he prefers number 6." So a group is somewhat out of luck unless everyone orders individual kits and brings a tablet or laptop. For couples with similar tastes one kit works, but if your tastes are wildly different you may want to get two kits and either log in twice or have two computers ready.
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