Where to taste wine in the UAE

Glasses for wine tastingIf you are keen to try a wider range of wine and broaden your knowledge where can you go to taste wine in the UAE?  As well as our MMI and Grapevine calendar of events here are a few other ideas for oenophiles and wine enthusiasts.

Dubai Wine Club

This informal wine tasting group was started by the founder of the 21 year old Snooty Wine Club of Vancouver Canada. There is a monthly meeting where one member chooses the theme and provides the wine.  The location is usually at the Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai or Carter’s restaurant at Wafi. The tastings are always blind. Group organiser Kevin says “When we don’t see the label and the price we learn a lot.” The cost for the food and wine for that evening is split between the attendees.  Join via the Meet-up website.

Abu Dhabi Wine Club

If you live in the capital, the Abu Dhabi Wine Club organises regular events and dinners with a range of wines and themes. For instance, they recently held ‘A Taste of Bordeaux’ dinner with representatives and wine from Chateau Haut Bailly and Chateaux Giscours and another with winemakers from Italy.

To receive details of their events e-mail: adwinesociety@purpleuae.com

Wines and Spirit Education Trust

If you want to take your wine tasting and knowledge onto a more formal level, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management runs Wines and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate Courses.

Level 1 wine course provides basic wine knowledge as well looking at how to match food with wine.  Level 2 covers the major grape varieties and where they are grown around the world.  Students are taught how to taste wine professionally using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. The advanced Level 3 provides a more comprehensive coverage of the wide range of wines and spirits around the world. The qualification has an increased focus on wine tasting technique.

The courses are suitable for novices and professionals and are held at the Academy in Jumeirah during working hours.  WSET also offers distance learning and has short videos about different wine regions and countries on their website – 3 minute wine school.

Contact The Emirates Academy Tel: +971 4 315 5555 or

E mail: info@emiratesacademy.edu

Are there any types of tasting events that you’d like to see organised?  Let us know in the comments or by e-mail.

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