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How is the game played?

Teams take turns answering and discussing questions related to wine. Correct answers lead to opportunities to select wines for team wine cellars. The first team with a full wine cellar wins. The Wine Teasers Tour shows how the play goes.

How long does the game take to play?

Play can be completed in as little as 30-40 minutes or can last up to 2 hours. It depends on how much discussion takes place - some groups like to whip through the game to see who wins, others like to spend time discussing and assimilating the content.

How many people can play?

The game can be played well with 2 people, is best with 6 - 10 people, and is adaptable for groups as large as 30 or more people.

Is this a boring and stuffy educational game?

Absolutely not! The questions and explanations reflect Jennifer Rosen’s wacky sense of humor and witty writing style. And the game play itself encourages playful interaction. After questions are answered correctly, players get to take a CELLAR STEP. Cellar steps lead to chance AND excitement as teams try to stock their wine cellars, sometimes LOOTING from other teams (oooh, payback is so much fun!) or using cellar EXCHANGES to take critical bottles from opponents (ouch, that hurt)! Want to see the game in action? Take a look at the Wine Teasers Tour!

I know nothing about wine. How can I play?

Wine Teasers is a LEARNING game, so everyone can play! Each question comes with a big HINT, which makes the answer accessible even to people who know very little about wine. More than just a gimmick, the hints are an integral part of the game play and help determine who wins.

Are there a lot of difficult pronunciations?

A few, but Wine Teasers makes sure nobody ever has to feel uncomfortable with pronunciations. First it comes with a pronunciation guide designed to be passed to the player reading the question. Second, each question card that has a hard-to-pronounce word has a "pronunciation alert" warning that reminds the reader to grab the pronuciation guide.

Is this a drinking game?

No, it is a learning game. No alcohol needs to be consumed during play and no questions encourage alcohol consumption.You do not need to purchase any specific wines, or for that matter, any wine at all, to play. It is not a wine tasting or wine drinking game. However, it is the perfect activity for a wine tasting event because it provides a lively activity that gets everyone involved and interacting.

What topics are covered?

  • Types of wines, grape varieties, qualities of wines, etc.
  • Techniques for drinking, serving, storing, restaurant etiquette, and more.
  • Food and wine pairings for at home and at restaurants.
  • A few trivia questions about unusual or quirky wine topics.

Is this just another trivia game?

This is trivia like no other! Instead of experts competing, showing off their already-acquired knowledge, Wine Teasers is about LEARNING, SHARING, EXPLORING, and LAUGHING!

Each question has a HINT, which often just gives away the answer. Plus, each question has a Cellar Step, which involves CHANCE, providing another avenue for beginners to move ahead.

What comes with the game?

  • 100 questions with hints and discussion points.
  • 30 wine bottle cards for team wine cellars. Each card describes a wine, why it would be a good addition to your team's wine cellar, and includes food/wine pairings.
  • 4 hint credits (to keep track of if you needed a hint to answer a question)
  • Fast start rules and complete rules sheet
  • Pronunciation card

How many times can we play the game before we've used up all the cards?

You can play at least 4 times before you’ve gone through all the questions. It takes most groups between 20 - 25 questions until someone wins. Of course, there’s no guarantee people will actually REMEMBER all the questions and answers, so you can probably get a few more plays out of it!

Remember, Wine Teasers is also an excellent personal wine reference. The wine descriptions, food pairings, and basic facts make it useful for shopping, general reference, and individual learning.

I'm already a wine expert! Why should I play?

You’ll learn more, help others, and look smart! Each question includes a DISCUSSION point, which is brought before the entire group for fun and lively discussion. Your expertise will contribute to the group dialog, help others understand more, and make you look like the WINE GOD YOU REALLY ARE!

How do we get lively discussions going?

Wine Teasers is primarily a learning game. Group discussions are integral part of the game, and players are encouraged to be creative in finding ways to discuss topics. Some groups will be more inclined to discuss than others. A few tips that help motivate reluctant groups include:

  • Ask questions. "Who already knew this?" "Who has tried the wine being discussed?" "Does this make sense?" "Do we all understand this answer?"
  • Do round-robins: everyone make one statement about the question or answer.
  • Require players to ask a follow-up question and see if anyone knows the answer.
  • Ask teams to imagine they are winery owners, restaurateurs, chefs, etc. and have them discuss how the question relates to them.

How do we adapt the game for staff training?

Wine Teasers is an excellent staff training tool for restaurants, bars, wine stores, grocery stores - anywhere wine is served or sold. Try some of the following techniques:

  • Go through the cards in advance and eliminate those that do not relate to your environment or choose those that you wish to include.
  • Make each discussion relevant to your particular environment. If the question is about Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, discuss those on your lists or on your shelves.
  • Have each staff member contribute something to discussions relating the topic back to your environment. For example, if the question/discussion asks about the definition of "tannins," have people use the word in a meaningful sentence or point out wines that have tannic qualities.
  • Have resources available for hands-on learning. For example, if the question relates to removing a cork, have people demonstrate cork removal.
  • Use questions to stimulate role-playing situations. For example, if the question relates to a wine’s color, role play a scenario in which the staff member discusses a wine’s color with a customer.

How do we play with a really large group?

Adapt one of the following to your situation:

If everyone can see and hear each other (as in a large circle), break into several teams of 4-6 people each. Either share game pieces, fashion your own replicas, or order extras so that every team has a Pronunciation Card and enough Hint Credit cards. Pass the questions around from team to team. If you run out of Wine Bottle Card or Hint Credit cards, fashion makeshift extras out of pieces of paper or order in advance.

If the arrangements are such that players cannot all see and hear each other, divide up the game materials and have several two- or three-team games going on at once. Compete to see which group of teams can finish the game with the fewest number of questions being used.

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