With warmer temperatures and longer days, it means it’s the perfect time of the year to visit wineries. Nothing spices up a beautiful day like a full-bodied glass of wine.
Wine tasting is not just about getting tipsy; it is a full experience to look forward to.
If you’re new to wine-tasting, this article will give you the guide on what to expect.
1. Low Cost
If you plan on wine-touring alone, expect lower costs than touring in a large group.
Sometimes, wineries don’t charge for a tour and offer free samples. Other times, there is a small charge that covers the cost of sampling the wine. Of course, there is usually an extra charge for specialty wines.
2. Many Choices
One thing you should expect on a wine tour is the abundance of options. Consider what types of wine you like or want to try before you go on a winery tour. If you visit many wineries or national parks on experience park tours, plan your itinerary in advance.
For example, if you’re craving dry wines, you’ll want to research which wineries make it. If you’re new to wine-tasting, do some research or try some on your own time to test your palate.
3. Plan Ahead
Planning a winery tour can be overwhelming. Make the most out of your time by planning ahead.
Start by making a list of wineries and take notice of their hours. Pay attention to tour times, cost and wine options. Plan several stops for the day and be sure to include extra time for shopping and dining.
If you’re going winery-hopping, you should figure out who is going to drive before you go. Any activity that involves alcohol should end with a responsible, and sober, driver.
Don’t be fooled by the small sample sizes. Know your limits and don’t put you or others in a dangerous situation. Drink responsibly and know the dangers of over-consuming alcohol.
4. Wine Tasting
During a wine tour, expect to learn a lot about wine!
During tours, experts will go into detail about how wine is made, information on grapes, and more. Take notice of things like taste, smell, color, etc. Expect to swirl, see and smell your wine before you even take a sip.
The idea is to allow you to absorb and appreciate the characteristics of the wine. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. You’re not expected to be a wine expert, that’s what wine tours are all about.
The experts will likely appreciate your deep interest in the craft.
5. Buying Wine
As you visit wineries, you might taste a wine that’s too good to resist. Feel free to take home a bottle or two of the wines you like.
However, if you don’t want to take any bottles home, don’t feel pressured. You’re not obligated to purchase any wine.
If you plan on purchasing, bring a cardboard box so that the bottles aren’t rolling around in your trunk.
Planning Your Next Wine Tour
Remember, a winery tour is a unique experience that you should enjoy. Tour the facility to learn more about the grape-growing process and how wine is made.
Enjoy the sights of vineyards and taste some delicious wine!
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