Monthly online tasting events with Paula from WineUncorked - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

Open to all, these monthly online wine tastings allow anyone with an interest in wine to taste and learn in a practical, fun and informal way with Paula from WineUncorked. You don’t need to have been on a wine tasting or wine course before or have any knowledge of wine.

When? 2nd Thursday of the month. For specific dates see below.

What time? 7pm to 8.15pm (London time)

Where? Online using Google Meet video. A link will be emailed to you before the start. You don't need to download any software or apps as you can take part through your browser.

Why online? Home is where the wine is! Instead of going out in the evening to a village hall or classroom, your sofa is your wine tasting bistro. Plus you don’t have to get a lift home afterwards.

How much? £14 per session per household. You can come along online with family and friends, all from the same computer. Payment is through a secure Paypal.me link.

What's included? Fun tastings and knowledge for anyone with an interest in wine. You don’t need to have been on a wine tasting or wine course before or have any knowledge of wine. All you need is a passion to find out more.

What do I need to bring? You'll need to get the wines as these aren't included in the cost. Suggested wines will be shown in the event description. These aren't specific wines from a specific shop but wines of a certain style - I'll explain what words to look for on the wine label. You choose your own wines and choose where to get them from. You can always contact me for extra advice or alternative wines by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What if I can't get the wines suggested? Try and get a similar wine – the same colour and from the same wine region or country. If you aren’t sure if the wine you have is suitable then email me before the event at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But if you don't have time for that then bring it along anyway.

What else should I bring along? You’ll also need to bring along two wine glasses (of any type), and some white paper for note taking and to aid visualisation. A corkscrew will be required to open wines that use a cork and a cloth to mop up any drips or spills.

How many events can I come to? As many as you want. Each one is a stand-alone event and you’ll come away knowing about more about that bit of wine. Or you can keep coming and build up your knowledge and confidence to help you choose and buy wines you enjoy. If you want to be first to hear of future events then why not sign up for the @WineUncorkedUK free newsletter.

Who can attend? The events are for adults, aged over 18, who have an interest in wine. We're based in the UK but if you live in another country and want to attend these online events that's fine – just remember our starting time is UK time.

What about cancellations and refunds? If an event is cancelled by the host then you will get a full refund of the ticket price.

Who is WineUncorked? I'm Paula Goddard, an experienced wine educator and adult education lecturer who started teaching Wine Appreciation evening classes 20 years ago – I still teach wine courses with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning who have a range of courses for Buckinghamshire residents. I also branched out into writing about wine for newspapers and magazines and started this wine review website www.wineuncorked.co.uk, where you'll also find educational articles that explain wine in a simple and straightforward way.

Online tastings coming up

December 2021

How to taste Prosecco and make Prosecco cocktails
9th December 2021, 7pm GMT, £14 per household

Learn how to find the aromas and flavours in the famous Italian sparkling wine Prosecco by using the professional wine tasting technique - we'll all have a go at tasting and describing our wines. Also discover how Prosecco is made and why it's not Champagne, plus where does rosé Prosecco fit in? We’ll also make some tasty Prosecco cocktails with strange names. Which cocktail will win?

What wines to get:

  • One bottle of Prosecco – labelled Prosecco or Rosé Prosecco

plus one or more of the following:

  • a glass of orange juice
  • a small amount of fruit cordial/squash e.g. elderflower or blackcurrant
  • a small amount of sloe gin or fruit liqueur (have you got some lurking in the cupboard?)
  • a can of Guinness (beer) or a bottle of stout (beer)

January 2022

Finding the aromas and flavours in wine: Where's the lemon?
13th January 2022, 7pm GMT, £14 per household

Learn how to find and match the aromas and flavours in wine by matching them to the real thing - why try and describe a lemon from memory when we can smell the real thing. Dark chocolate, apple and black pepper is here too. Taste wine and taste foods in an informal and fun way.

What wines to get:

  • One bottle of white wine from Italy
  • One bottle of red wine from Australia made with the Shiraz grape

Try and get an Italian white wine labelled Soave, Pinot Grigio or Verdicchio.

The red wine from Australia will be labelled Shiraz and can come from anywhere in Australia.

You will also need some food items:

  • An apple, a lemon, some ground black pepper, a few squares of dark chocolate.

If you do not have these items or you do not wish to handle these items due to sensitivity or allergies then there are alternatives. A full list will be emailed out to you on booking.

February 2022

Smooth tasting wines: How to choose wines that won't make your mouth pucker 
10th February 2022, 7pm GMT, £14 per household

Learn how to choose rosé and red wines that don't taste dry and sharp. We'll taste smooth wines together and discover what makes them taste enjoyable, and why sometimes they aren't. Learn about wine in an informal and fun way.

What wines to get:

  • One bottle of rosé wine from California (USA)
  • One bottle of red wine from the southern France area of Languedoc

The Rosé will sometimes be labelled Blush wine, or White Grenache, even though it is a pink-coloured wine.

The red wine bottle label will show 'Pays D'Oc'. It can be of any type of grape variety or name of wine.

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Number of tickets required (note each ticket covers one household, with an unlimited number of family members or friends all joining in from one computer)

9th December 2021
How to taste Prosecco and make Prosecco cocktails
13th January 2022
Finding the aromas and flavours in wine: Where's the lemon?
10th February 2022
Smooth tasting wines: How to choose wines that won't make your mouth pucker
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