• The concept of High-End Tasting

    What does our tasting look like?

    Let’s explain this with one of our most successful products – the champagne tasting. 

    It is an experience, during which we offer our guests :

    • four different blends of champagne;
    • matching food pairing;
    • journey into the winemaking tradition and tips;
    • live Jazz/Bossa Nova (optional);
    • unique location (optional).

    All our tastings are designed for both: advanced champagne & wine enthusiasts and beginners. We carefully select the most exceptional wines from the smaller, less-known producers to please and surprise our customers.

    Why High-End Tasting events?

    The festivity, relaxation, and sense of community that usually accompanies moderate drinking with a group, became for many the enjoyments of life. At the same time we truly believe in smart consumption and trying to introduce our guests to the new perspective on alcohol in general and wines in particular. The products we use and the artists we work with are part of our culture we can be proud of and should protect. We focus on wines and champagnes from the smaller brands to counter the growth of just a few big companies, by which we might run the risk of losing the identity of many regions. And we don’t want to live in a world, with too many similar tastes, right?

    With the smaller champagne houses, you more often meet with independent, original and sustainable winemakers. They exclusively create their champagnes with the grapes of their own vineyard and fully control the entire production process. However, it’s good to see that larger brands also start focusing again more on terroir, increasingly offer limited-edition champagnes, and innovate on winemaking and vineyard mapping.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that the price range for tasting extraordinary champagne with the smaller champagne house is way more attractive. This lowers the threshold to purchase. And based on our experience in the field, we know that the label does not always mean the quality. So thinking a bit outside the box might be very impressive.

    Onwards to a Bright Future.

    Despite the pandemic, the number of champagne shipments has increased. So more people worldwide are choosing champagne, and not just as a festive drink, but as something that can be also enjoyed in a daily life. Especially here in the Netherlands, where we are based, we see an enormous potential to increase this trend. And we already have a couple of ideas on how to do this. Recently we’ve launched our www.highendchampagne.com online store, as our customers were asking for selling champagne per bottle with easily understandable categories. Also, concerning moderating drinking through a growing awareness to live healthier, it’s nice to keep in mind that quality matters. Because you deserve it. And while you’re doing it, you’d better make it in style. Finally, high-end products often derive from long traditions. They always managed to find a way to succeed, even during the most difficult times. That’s why we see a bright future ahead if we stay focused and work hard on selecting high-quality products and services.

    Cheers and looking forward to meeting you soon!
    Team High-End Tasting

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    Download here ‘The Perfect Mix Champagne Tasting’ PDF File with menu and all other options.

    We are also open to new partners in the High-End industry like chefs, artists, business leaders, innovators, investors, and location owners.

    Feel free to contact us in that regard.

  • How to taste wine

    Step 1 is using your eyes

    Before discovering how your wine tastes and smells, start by looking at the color and clarity/texture of your wine. To do this better, tilt the glass slightly.

    Depending on the type of wine, the intensity of the color of the wine can be seen from above due to the pigments of the wine. It can be pale, persistent, intense, or very intense. They depend on the main color and the reflections on the rim and are influenced by the type of wine and its age. Due to the photosensitivity and micro-oxidation, wines can become more bronze/orange over time.

    Clarity is the ability to see through the liquid and it can be cloudy, hazy, or clear. As the wine ages, it loses its ability to reflect light and this is visible on the rim.

    Step 2 is using your nose

    Now you are going to analyze the aromas of the wine by using your sense of smell. The best way to do this is to exhale, hold your nose over the glass and inhale slowly. This stage is called the “first nose”. Circulate the glass to release more of the aromas and smell the wine again. This is called the “second nose”. The original aromas come from the grape variety, the minor aromas are produced by fermentation and the higher-level aromas are produced by aging.

    Step 3 is using your mouth

    Now is the time to taste the wine. Don’t swallow right away, control the wine in your mouth and suck a little air into your mouth to allow the aromas to permeate your indentations. Then evaluate the balance of the wine. Now swallow it and focus on how long the taste of the wine remain in your mouth. This is your last impression of the wine.

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