Each event is dedicated to the exploration of a new and different varietal (e.g. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc.). But we don’t just taste the wines – we judge them. At the end of the evening, we tally the votes and the winning teams take home a bottle of wine from the rest of the teams. The losers? Well, they take their own bottles home.


A different wine varietal (such as chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, etc.) is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants, are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal to the event. For example, if the featured varietal is merlot, your team could bring 3 bottles of the 2005 Hess Select Merlot. Four people want to participate? You’ll have to form 2 teams.


At the event, all 3 bottles of wine per team will be given to the Hosts, who will wrap 2 of the bottles to conceal the wine’s identity. The 2 wrapped bottles will have a number randomly assigned to them and will then be set out for tasting. The third bottle will be left unopened and will not be tasted or displayed.

Each attendee will be given a card with a number for each wine. The wines will be rated on a taste scale of 1 to 5. At the end of the tasting period, each attendee must write down the number of his or her favorite wine and least favorite wine. Cards will be collected and ratings tallied.


The top three teams that brought the favorite wine will take home everyone’s third unopened bottle of wine. The invitee or invitee’s team that brought the least favorite bottle of wine will take back his or her unopened bottle of wine. All decisions regarding the favorite and least favorite wines are final, and you must be present to win.


Source: The Bacchanalian Society of Greater Cincinatti,