Welcome to Tasting Online!

Your one-stop-shop to organising an online tasting experience.

Whether you want to try new wines, beers, spirits, cider or even sake, you've come to the right place. Our dedicated team of experts boasts nearly half a century's combined experience in the drinks industry, including organising the largest and most prestigious tasting events in the country, so you will be in very safe hands. Once we have your brief, however basic, we can do all the rest for you.

How it Works

Simply drop us an email with your name, number and a quick description of what you think you would like to do and get out of the evening, and a member of our team will be in touch ASAP.

Don't know where to start? Check out our suggestions below.


We can organise as little or as much as you like, including:

  • Devising a full, tailored programme according to your brief
  • Sourcing the samples and post to you or tell you what and where to buy
  • Hosting the event, with games and prizes for those taking part
  • Fielding any question no matter how basic or complex
  • Follow up with anything further your guests may want


What do we offer?

Knowing where to start in the field of drinks is difficult. Drop us a line here to let us guide you through the process, but here are some recommendations based on sessions we have run previously:

Food And Drink Pairing

These sessions are a classic for good reason. Want to understand the basics of pairing food with beer, wine or spirits? Have some favourite foods that you want to try with different drinks? Want to understand the science behind tasting and pairing? Then this is for you.

Cocktail Making

Arguably the most fun and interactive evening you can have with a group online, just tell us what kind of things you like to drink and want to make, and we can devise a menu just for you then guide you through making them - very little equipment required! Got all the gear but no idea? We can do that too!

Intro to Beers/Ciders

Have a friend who is a beer buff but would like to know more? Interested in trying something other than Strongbow but are afraid of the options? Tell us the styles you think you'd like to try and the level of detail you want and we will put a perfect evening together for you.

Low/No Alcohol

Interesting drinks don't just have to be about booze - there are so many good quality alcohol alternatives on the market nowadays, let us guide you through them.

Detailed Tastings

This is perfect for those doing their WSET, CMS or Beer and Cider Academy qualifications who want some more detailed tuition from those who have been there and done that.

...or something else?

Get in touch with us to talk about creating a bespoke session, just for you!

Meet our Experts

Bob Davidson

Bob started his career in wine in 2007, considering it more fun than the PR he was then working in. Having never looked back, Bob now holds the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits and is on Stage 2 of the gruelling Master of Wine programme. He has worked in various positions, including fine wine sales, and has been part of the organising team for both the London Wine Fair and Imbibe Live, events attracting tens of thousands of people. Bob also holds the WSET Level 3 in Sake (passed with Distinction).

Sophie Atherton BS

Writer and journalist Sophie Atherton was the first woman in the UK to be accredited as a beer sommelier. She's written about beer for most of the UK broadsheets, as well as slew of magazines such as the Campaign for Real Ale's BEER and trade publication The Morning Advertiser. Her TV and radio credits include Radio 4 Woman's Hour and Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club on Channel 4. She's also an accomplished beer judge in both the UK and USA, at competitions including the World Beer Cup, International Beer Challenge, SIBA National Beer Competition and CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain.

Gabe Cook

Gabe Cook is 'The Ciderologist' - an award-winning, global cider expert attempting to change the way the world thinks and drinks cider. As well as being C4 Sunday Brunch's resident cider expert, Gabe is a cider writer, judge, educator, industry consultant and the de facto 'go to' independent voice on all matters cider.

Shiv Lal

Shiv Lal started his hospitality journey at 16 years old in the kitchen and moved towards bar service. He began to compete in local and national cocktail competitions, winning them and putting his name on the circuit. Not long after, he received a job offer in London in one of the most historical cocktail bars in the country, and ended up running LAB (London Academy of Bartenders). He now works as a Brand Ambassador at one of the UK's leading importers.

Kate Malczewski

Kate is an Ohio-born writer and editor with a particular interest in the growing world of non-alcoholic options. Her features have appeared in The Cocktail Lovers, BarChick, VinePair, October, and more. She is a freelance sub-editor for Decanter magazine and was formerly the reporter for the drinks magazine Imbibe. Kate holds a WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits and a Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits. 

Testimonials

Thank you for running the wine tasting at AIG. It was one of the most fun things I've done since lockdown started.

Nikki

I had a fortified wine and cocktail making session and it was brilliant! We were able to partake as a large group, with plenty of laughter and giggles, along with some great drinks and amazing food pairings. Our host, Bob, was lovely - very knowledgeable, down to earth and great fun. I would highly recommend Tasting Online. In fact, I'm already planning a session for my birthday!

Georgina

I attended a remote wine tasting session and it was one of the highlights of my 2020 remote social calendar! Well organised, lots of fun, and I discovered new things. I'll definitely attend others in the future, and would recommend without hesitation.

Pippa

Best wine tasting I've ever been to!

Helena

Super delish evening, thanks so much, Bob, we had a blast. Will def repeat a bunch of these.

Chloe

THE BEST! Highly recommended!

Serafeim

We did this last night and it was brilliant! The most fun we’ve had in ages. The food pairings were a revelation! It’s perfect for a virtual get together with mates, especially if you haven’t seen them in ages. Good times!

Esther

Absolutely loved it! Fantastic fun. Feel like my Christmas Day drinks have just gone to another level!

Sally

My husband and I had a great evening. Bob is very knowledgeable. I felt I learnt a lot but he explained in a very approachable way.

Jocelyn

It was a brilliant night! Great advice, great fun and some fab fortified wines that I would have never thought of drinking before!

Dave

I partook in the cocktail making class with a group of friends and Bob was our host. Bob was a perfect host throughout, imparting his serious cocktail knowledge and skills in a fun and accessible way, and managed to direct us all in achieving remarkably professional looking cocktails despite the gradual impairment of our abilities! I couldn’t recommend this more as a perfect way to celebrate an occasion or just catch up with friends. Ideal if you are looking for ways to liven up the now ubiquitous zoom calls. We will be back for more!

Catherine

Bob is a wonderful host who struck the balance between entertainment and education.

Amanda

As well as guiding us through the tastings, Bob told us about the production of the wine. It was a fun and informative evening! All in all, we had a great time and would totally recommend a virtual wine tasting with this team. Looking forward to another one soon!

Rachael

Pricing

Typically, we charge £250 for up to 60 minutes or £350 for up to 120 minutes as standard (not including samples or any expenses). Longer sessions are available for those requiring more detailed tuition. For a more tailored quotation, please enquire.

Get in touch

Because we customise your session to your exact needs, we'll need to give you a call to discuss your requirements. If you send us your name and number we'll have one of our team call you as soon as possible.

Send us your name and contact number to:

info@tastingonline.co.uk