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The Langton’s Wine Options Club

The Wine Options Game, invented by the late Len Evans in 1968, is a simple and entertaining way to test and train your palate and learn more about wine.

In some ways it is also a guessing-game: you may get the hardest questions right after getting the basic ones wrong.

Any number of contestants taste a masked, unidentified wine, and mark their answer – A, B or C – to a series of multiple-choice questions: Where did the wine come from? Country? Region? What variety is it? What vintage? Who made it?

The answer to each question is revealed immediately, and you keep tally of the number of answers you get right. If you get a question wrong, you are not out of the game. You just go on to the next question, with at least a one in three chance of getting it right.

After that, it’s on to the next wine.

You’ll get the most out of the game if you take it seriously – even when you don’t have a clue about the wine – and that way you’ll also have the most fun.

It’s a game that makes you think much harder about the taste and characteristics of particular wines than you normally would, which makes it a quite intensive form of wine education.

Langton’s Wine Options Games will be conducted by Adrian Read, our Wine Manager, who’s been playing the game – very badly, he says – ever since Evans invented it.

As well as being a co-founder of Wine iQ, the business that is now Langton’s private wine-broking arm, Read is the man behind the Penfolds Re-corking Clinic program and also produced four editions of The Rewards of Patience, the five-yearly drinking and cellaring guide to Penfolds wines

Read’s background is in journalism, including four years as editor and consulting editor of Australian Gourmet magazine.

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