- Be prepared to pay. Most wineries in the more well known regions tend to charge a tasting fee. I am of two minds about this situation. I can understand that they want to weed out those people just looking to get drunk for free, but I think they should incentivize people to buy bottles and take the price of the tasting off of a bottle of wine or just waive the fee if you buy a bottle. Some places do have an incentive like that, so if they do charge for tastings, ask about reductions or waivers.
- Use the spit bucket. Seriously, I know it’s fun to get a little tipsy, but don’t be the stupid person puking in the bushes. You can get a decent taste of wine without swallowing it.
- Plan lunch and bring snacks. This is just common sense. Have food in your stomach and even bring some water to keep you hydrated.
- Pace yourself. You cannot see every winery in the region in a day. I think 3 to 4 wineries is more than enough to visit. See the above wine tasting tips. Partly because your liver might hate you if you go to more than 4 wineries, but mostly because you’ll see that by the end of the day, all of the wine starts tasting the same. What’s the fun in that?
- Have a designated driver. I cannot stress this wine tasting tip enough. Have a responsible person who is either not tasting at all to drive you around or who is only going to taste once at each winery or less. Hire a driver. It doesn’t have to be a professional, just someone you trust to stay sober. Whoever it is that is hauling you around, be sure to compensate them well. Maybe it’s a good friend who doesn’t drink booze, but does enjoy a good steak dinner. Maybe one of your friends is pregnant or on a prescription drug that prevents them from imbibing. Also, most wine regions have limos or drivers you can hire to take you around…safely.
Best Wine Tasting Tips?
One of the best wine tasting tips I can give you? Have fun. I’ve read articles that tell you what to wear and how to behave. Seriously, those are not wine tasting tips.
If you act like an ass, you deserve to be treated like an ass. If you are of legal drinking age, you should know better. Be polite.
Wear what makes you feel comfortable. It’s supposed to be a fun time. It’s not a fashion show. It’s not a camp out either, so dress (and shower) accordingly.