10 Tasting Rules

I enjoy wine tasting and have had the pleasure of tasting all over the United States (someday, I’ll make it to Europe). While I am not a wine expert by any means, I do know what proper tasting room etiquette is. Sadly, some people do not so I wanted to post 10 tasting room rules that need to be followed!

  1. Plan your trip in advance.  In most states (outside of the big 4), wineries are spread out.  Do your due diligence and check hours of operation and print directions in advance.
  2. Do not bring along alcoholic beverages or wine to drink while visiting a winery. Have respect for the winery you are currently visiting and enjoy a glass or share a bottle of their wine on the grounds.
  3. If you are with a group tasting, please be considerate of those around you. Best advice to parties, call ahead and pre-arrange your visit so your party can be accommodated.
  4. If you bring children to a tasting room, please keep them quiet and behaved. Do not let them run around and disrupt the atmosphere.
  5. Do not get drunk and act stupid. A tasting room associate can refuse to serve you if they suspect you are drunk.
  6. If other people are waiting for an open spot at the bar, politely wait your turn to taste.
  7. Crackers are to cleanse your palate between wine tastings, not to satisfy your case of the munchies.  Most wineries have food that can be purchased and enjoyed on the grounds.
  8. Record you tasting notes.  If you visit more than one winery, it’s difficult to remember what you tasted and enjoyed.
  9. If you dislike a wine, politely pour out the wine and record your notes.  No need to verbally share your thoughts with everyone in the winery.
  10. Stay hydrated.  Bring along water between tastings, or better yet, pack a picnic to enjoy outside with a bottle of wine!

I hope you find the above rules helpful.  I also suggest you check out fellow blogger and friend Dezel Quillen of Virginia Vine Spot.  He put together a great guide.  Did I miss any?  Would love to read your comments.  Cheers!

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