Skip Nav
You'll Never Buy Ground Beef Again Once You Learn This Hack
Cooking Basics
The 1 Thing I Learned in Italy That Changed the Way I Cook
Trader Joe's
Pick This Up, Not That: Trader Joe's New Foods

The Difference Between a Vertical and Horizontal Tasting

While at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, I chatted with one of the pourers about specific types of wine tastings. Both of us were confused on the exact meaning of vertical vs. horizontal tastings. To clarify, I decided to look them up and share the terminology with you.

A horizontal tasting compares wines from the same year but from multiple producers. Usually a boundary is set on the type of grape, region, and wine style. For example, 2001 Zinfandel from Napa Valley or 2006 Chardonnay from Washington state. A horizontal tasting highlights the difference between wine-making styles.

A vertical tasting involves wine from the same producer but from multiple years, for example 2005, 2006, 2007 Pinot Noir from Mark West. A vertical tasting illustrates the difference between vintages.

Participating in both types are a great way to learn about wine. Have you ever engaged in a horizontal or vertical wine tasting? Please share your experience with us below!


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Never knew that. Thanks for sharing. :) Either way sounds like fun to me.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I had no idea.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I had no idea.
gigill gigill 7 years
Very interesting. Thanks for this!
YIPPEE AND YUMMY FOR US WINE LOVERS!! it is all about learning and tasting! so much to indulge in,,,, but FUN!
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
My wine club (which is sadly now defunct) was structured along the lines of a horizontal tasting. We set our limits a little more broadly, though. I would love to have more time to do both types - it really is a great way to learn about wines!
nancita nancita 7 years
Wow, I had no idea there were even two kinds. Thanks!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I was thinking that a vertical tasting would be one glass of wine while standing up. A horizontal tasting would be one's position after that third glass.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
Neat! I'd never even heard of that.
10 Things Every Wine-Lover Needs
Attractive Wine Storage
What Does Blue Wine Taste Like?
What Does Riesling Taste Like?
How Long Can Wine Last After Opening?
Wine Glass That Doesn't Spill
Spaghetti Cooked in Red Wine

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food