THEO'S BLIND TASTING CHALLENGE
Theo's Blind Tasting Challenge is an up tempo, fast moving and humorous interactive team game made easy. It works for anyone - no knowledge of wine required! It has proved extremely popular over the years and been used for many different purposes - company social evenings, hen parties, corporate events, school socials/fundraisers and even for breaking the ice at parties! Please see testimonials and video below.
At the Turl Street Tasting Room or Your Own Premises
I present all kinds of wine tasting formats, but by far the most popular one I present is my own Theo's Blind Tasting Challenge. Theo's Blind Tasting Challenge is an up tempo, fast moving and humorous interactive blind tasting event made easy. It has proved extremely popular over the years and I get lots of repeat bookings. See below for more info. (I can also present tastings on most themes that you might like, and the format for these is more along the lines of a straight wine tasting + humour thrown in - not an interactive fun and competitive wine game that teaches you about wine in the process).
How the Game Works
We need a number of tables of between 4-10 people per table - for 20 people I would recommend 4 tables of 5 people which would form the teams for the night. They will each give themselves an amusing name at the beginning of the event and I'll move around the room getting the teams to talk to each other and to me - it's all done with a lot of humour! The eight wines are served in pairs with the bottles covered except for the first pair which serve as an introduction to the game. Each pair features wines made from the same grape variety with one coming from France and the other an equivalent from a new world country. The teams have to guess which of the two wines is the French wine, what the grape variety is and which country the new world wine is from. I give everyone lots of clues and a limited number of choices so that it's not hard, and by the end of the evening everyone will be getting pretty close anyway as they will have learnt the differences by taste. It's very informal and a really good laugh - the event lasts about 90 minutes. The winning team wins a bottle of fizz and there's a raffle for a good bottle at the end of the event!
The price is ￡22.00 inc VAT all inclusive per person with 18 people minimum - this doesn't mean that I can't run it with less people then 18 (12 or even 8 works fine) but less than 18 people is charged as 18 x ￡22.00 (￡396.00) because the wine required is the same as for 18 people. There are also discounts for numbers above 30.
What You Get
8 different bottles of good wine - 4 whites, 4 reds. 2 prizes - (winning team and raffle) a bottle of fizz and a good bottle recommended by Oz Clarke.
Discounts and Fun!
This is not about selling but if anyone wants to buy any of the wines I offer a special 15% discount on the wines shown on the day and free delivery for 6 bottles or more within 30 miles of Oxford. The game is great fun and interactive - I move around the room and everyone talks to each other. It's a competitive team game that is not hard and a very good laugh - bottle of fizz for the winning team. (And you learn about wine in the process!). This is my most popular format by a long way. It lasts for c.90 minutes and I regularly get repeat bookings.
Venues and Room Set Up
I can supply an excellent venue at no extra cost which is our attractive Tasting Room below our centrally located shop in Turl Street in the very heart of Oxford. This takes 20 people maximum and has the advantages that there are all the top restaurants and bars of the city literally just around the corner. Alternatively, there is the option for you to provide your own venue and I can come to you and provide all equipment and glasses if necessary. If the event is to be run at your own venue, we will need a number of tables of between 4-10 people per table, depending on total numbers. For 20 people I recommend 4 tables of 5 people which would form the teams for the night. If there's only a small amount of people (8-12), we can use just one big table if necessary, which I'll split into teams.
Hi Theo, Many thanks for a great evening last night. We've all been talking about it this morning, everyone really enjoyed themselves. It was a perfect combination of fun and learning about wine along the way - such a good team event. I'll be telling lots of friends and colleagues about it!
Thanks again, SusanThe RM Learning Platforms Team
Massive thanks must go to Theo for hosting such a highly entertaining evening of wine tasting and great food at the Officers' Mess. His anecdotes and interaction with the guests provided the perfect atmosphere to the sampling of what was an eclectic and expertly matched selection of wines. We look forward to inviting him back to similar events in the future.
Tom Roffe-Silvester, Medical Corps, Sandhurst Military Academy
We did not really know what to expect when we organised a neighbours' wine tasting at home. It is rare for us to agree about anything but we were all unanimous in what a fascinating, informative and fun evening it was. Sadly glasses of wine consumed over the years did not equal points scored in the team quiz but we enjoyed the learning just as much as the supping. Theo has a relaxed and friendly approach, was able to answer our many questions and his vast knowledge seeped through the event making everyone feel that maybe they did know something about wine! We just want to do it all over again now!
Wendy Greenberg, Oxford
Great fun! Learnt loads! Well done Theo.
Helen Webb, Central Retail Director, Sainsburys
The blind wine tasting was an excellent event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our group. Theo's knowledge and enthusiasm coupled with a well-constructed format ensure that in-depth knowledge of wines is not essential for a really enjoyable event. Thanks again for a great evening!
Matt Booker, Neftex Global Resource Geoscience
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the very enjoyable wine tasting session that you hosted at the B4 Miele event. Although it was short, it was packed with really good info. Really enjoyed it, cheers!
Martin Matthews, Blueprint Imaging Ltd
Theo - we really enjoyed the wine tasting session that you put on for us last week - it was well thought out, informative and a great deal of fun; the perfect combination for our company away day. You are obviously very passionate about wine, and this really came through in the session. Thanks for a very memorable few hours.
Kate McEnery-Evans, Discovery Research Ltd
Dear Theo, Many thanks for the fun evening you gave us at the Hanney Wine Circle meeting last night. Many people said how much they enjoyed it and one member said it was "the best ever" Wine Circle evening! A high accolade considering how many great evenings we have had!
Kind Regards,Valerie Calderbank, Chair HWC
The Blind Tasting Challenge was great fun and all my friends have said how much they enjoyed it. It was an excellent way to start a party and a great ice breaker to get different groups of people talking. Thank you very much for handling the tipsy banter so well!
Joan Robson, Abingdon
Just thought I would drop you a quick line to say thank you very much for a great event last night. Everyone really enjoyed the wine tasting and had a fantastic time. I very much hope that we can organise another wine tasting again soon, potentially in Oxford this time so it is a bit closer for you!
Lindsay Allen, Field Seymour Parkes LLP
Theo - I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our blind tasting challenge on Saturday evening. It was very professionally run, informative and enjoyed by everyone. The team aspect worked very well. Everyone was saying it was the best wine tasting event they've ever been to, so there you go. Good call on the Portabello Restaurant too. Most of us had steaks I think!
Mark Oughtred, Oxford
We booked The Oxford Wine Company for a wine tasting for a hen party and it was a great start to the weekend. We had a blind tasting challenge of new and old world wine and Theo was a great host making the session both great fun and informative. We had the tasting in the function room in the Portabello Restaurant which was great and had a drink in the bar afterwards. The staff in the restaurant were very friendly and it was nice to chat about the event afterwards over a drink. The raffle was an extra bonus and added to the entertainment.
Lizzy Clapham, Oxford
I was tasked with organising a fun, informal event for several clients and colleagues. Theo and his blind tasting challenge encouraged healthy competition and lively banter throughout the evening and I have received excellent feedback from all who attended!
Jemma Risk, Marketing Executive, Marks & Clerk LLP
We often have visitors from overseas and this time thought we would try something a little different - Theo's Blind Tasting Challenge. It was just what the doctor ordered. It's competitive nature yet jovial presentation transcended the international group in the room so that everyone could relate to the game and everyone enjoyed it immensely. We all found it really informative and a great team building event. And two things were proven on the night: wherever you come from in the world we can all enjoy a good wine - and that the French do not necessarily make all the best wines!
Jarl Severn, Managing Director, Owen Mumford