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For the first time ever, Decanter is offering readers and wine lovers alike the chance to see behind the scenes of our renowned panel tastings and experience first hand what it means to taste like an expert.

Decanter’s panel tastings are one of the most rigorous exercises in blind tasting, where a panel of three experts taste and score up to 100 wines a day, based on criteria set by the Decanter editorial team.

We’re delighted to announced that this autumn will see the start of our new series of monthly experiences: Decanter Taste with the Experts.

Held at the Decanter offices, in our new tasting suite in West London, an exclusive group of 12 people will learn how to score panel tasting wines with the experts who first rated them.

The first tasting

The first tasting will be based on our Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 panel tasting held earlier this year, and will take place on Thursday 6 October from 6.30pm, hosted by Andy Howard MW.

On arrival, you will be welcomed to a Champagne Taittinger reception.

Alongside Andy who will offer his expert guidance on judging and scoring, you will then blind taste 10 wines from that panel tasting, specially selected for this masterclass. The wines will then be revealed and discussed.

Despite being described as a ‘forgotten vintage’ in Bordeaux, 2017 produced a wonderful array of wines that are already approachable and more than deserve their place on tables and in cellars.

Limited to just 12 guests per tasting, tickets are £145 per person. We recommend booking now to avoid disappointment.

Essential information

Decanter Taste With The Experts

First Tasting: Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 on Thursday 6 October 2022 from 6.30pm to 9pm

Location:  Decanter Tasting Suite in Paddington, West London

Price: £145 per ticket

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 16 September.

Decanter Tasting Suite in Paddington, West London

Decanter Tasting Suite in Paddington, West London

Upcoming Tastings with Decanter Taste With The Experts

Decanter Taste with the Experts is designed to inspire, educate and entertain through monthly tastings of a different theme. See what’s coming up every month for Decanter Taste With The Experts from October 2022 to February 2023.

Date Panel Tasting Hosted by Tickets on sale
Thursday 6 October  Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 Andy Howard MW On Sale Now
Thursday 10 November Barbaresco Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW  On sale 7 October
Thursday 8 December Châteauneuf-du-Pape Matt Walls On sale 11 November
Thursday 26 January Decanter Wines of the Year Tina Gellie On sale 9 December
Thursday 23 February Vintage Rosé Champagne and 2000 vs 2003 Vintage Port Shane Jones On sale 27 January

This event series is kindly sponsored by