As a wine lover and member of the class’ social committee, I wanted to organise convivial events around wine to share my passion with other students and partners. Therefore, this week, I founded the IMD wine tasting club and led our first event: initiation class.
It was a great success, way beyond my expectations. There were 45 who turned up at our IMD restaurant which overlooks Lake Geneva. Bottles were prepared and opened an hour and half before to allow them to breathe.
I also chose a wide selection of French wines : three reds and three whites, including two from my favourite wine region – Burgundy – which I bought directly from producers two weeks ago during the Easter break.
I was really happy to see how excited people were to learn from my presentation. But the best part was the wine tasting. They had to fill wine card indexes for each wine. I though it would be a fun way to learn the vocabulary and to guide them through the three steps of wine tasting: eyes, nose and mouth.
Participants enjoyed sharing their thoughts and comments about the wines and a few sounded like real pros.
The Gewürztraminer particularly was a big success with the Asian audience and the 2001 Châteauneuf-du-pape was a worthy finale. After the event, some students commented that this was their best evening yet, encouraging me for the next wine tasting event… and maybe a future career in this line of business!