Monday, June 7
It may not be something we think about, but there is a "Tasting Room Etiquette".
Visiting wineries and tasting rooms at this time of the year is a lot of fun and very enjoyable. The weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the outdoors at many wineries where there is a patio or deck by taking a picnic lunch or snack to have with your wine.
Like any other shopping expedition or vacation experience, visiting a tasting room at a winery should be fun. We expect the tasting room staff to be pleasant and informative since we are the potential customer who just might be purchasing their wines.
If the staff is unfriendly or unpleasant you will not enjoy your experience. Do not hesitate to walk out and leave.
In the same vane, you should be friendly and pleasant to the staff and don't hesitate to ask questions. The staff is well trained and are always willing to answer questions from both the professional and novice wine drinkers.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you begin your wine tasting excursion.
1. Eat lunch. Even if you will be just sipping and spitting, the alcohol levels add up before you know it.
2. Bring bottled water with you. You should keep your body hydrated with water. Again, the alcohol will affect your body and you can dehydrate.
3. Fragrances are a No-No when wine tasting. They affect your sense of smell and will interfere with you being able to detect the aromas in the wine.
4. Wear comfortable, closed shoes especially if you will be walking through the vineyards. They can be gravely or even muddy.
5. Tipping is not expected in the tasting room. Wineries sometimes enhance the salaries with commission based on what is sold.
6. Carry a styrofoam cooler in your car for wine you might purchase. Keeping the wine cool in a hot car is important. You wouldn't want the wines to "cook" from the sun shining through the windows of a parked car.
Enjoy your wine tasting experience. It's a fun day. If you are familiar with the wine region you are visiting and can pack a picnic, it can be even more fun.