LIFESTYLE: The Etiquette Of Winery Visits | Expert Tips On Wine Tasting Dos and Don'ts

For those of you who enjoy wines, one of the most fun and beautiful
ways to spend time together with friends or your significant other is to
head off on a road trip to Wine Country. And with so many
wine-producing areas across the country,
there most likely is one nearby enough for a day trip.
But due to some of the vague, yet de rigueur, behavior
expected of visitors, it can be a bit bewildering
or even intimidating to some. To ease any anxieties
and get the most out of your trip,
I've compiled a list of 'Do's and Don'ts' to keep in mind,
with the help of some wine tasting experts.

Top Tips for a Wine Tasting at a Vineyard or Winery


My Top Tip Pick: "The Technique"
: ...for those looking to glean the most from the wines, swirling is a
great way to stoke (read: aerate) wine’s myriad aromas. For maximum
control, place your glass on a flat surface and swirl while grasping the stem.
When tasting, hold glasses by the stem rather than the bowl; holding
them by the bowl coats glasses in greasy fingerprints and can disturb
the temperature of the wine (ideally it’s been poured at just the right temp).
Inhale deeply before taking a sip; wine’s aromas comprise one of its most
beguiling offerings! Upon drinking, swirl the wine around in your mouth to
ensure it coats all the surfaces; we pick up different texture and flavor
sensations in different parts of our mouths.
Read her entire article 
My Top Tip Pick: "Ask Questions"
"Don't be a passive taster,... but engage the wine server. They are excited
about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember,
a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know,
the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet,
do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely
remember you the next time you visit."
Read their entire article
My Top Tip Pick: (for the ladies!) "Skip the Lipstick"
"A wine glass slathered around the rim with goopy lipstick is not
something anyone wants to see, especially if you’re the culprit.
And wine pourers don’t care for it because the lipstick often won’t
come off in the dishwasher... I suggest taking a break from lipsticks
and heavy glosses and going for either a tinted lip balm or a
smudge-proof lip stain that won't transfer."
Read her entire article
My Top Tip Pick: "Keep Your Wines Out of the Hot Car"
"A car that’s sitting in the sun will cook your wines in no time flat.
Find a way to avoid that." I'd suggest putting a large cooler into
your car or trunk with sealed freeze packs. Also have something
that can be placed between the bottles to keep them from
knocking into each other all the way back home.
Read their entire article 
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Tips all experts agree on:
~ Do not wear perfume or cologne to a tasting.
~ A winery is not a bar; be polite, subdued and
   respectful of your hosts and the other guests.



Tips you shouldn't forget:
~ Arrange for a Designated Driver, or better yet, arrange
   for a taxi or shuttle, so that all may enjoy, but safely.
~ Dress stylishly, yet appropriately. Don't dress too casually,
   but do leave your high heels at home. Also d
ress in layers,
   bring your sunglasses, scarf, hat and a folding umbrella.

Have you gone on a Winery Tasting trip?
Share some of your favorite memories or aspects with me!
and, of course, please do look for wineries that offer organically grown wines!

Happy Autumn!!
live beautifully...

stephanie-












Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. I typically like to ask the servers what wineries THEY like to visit, so I get the inside scoop of a region I am unfamiliar with. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. I typically like to ask the servers what wineries THEY like to visit, so I get the inside scoop of a region I am unfamiliar with. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
Ask questions. Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
Ask questions. Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
Ask questions. Once you're get to the tasting bar, don't be a passive taster, who just stands there and says nothing. Engage the wine server. They are excited about the wines and want to share that excitement with you. Remember, a winery visit is about the full experience, not just the wines. You never know, the servers may pour you a wine that is not on the menu, or better yet, do some barrel tasting. Connect with the servers and they will likely remember you the next time you visit. - See more at: http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx#sthash.26GCODpV.dpuf
http://www.winecountry.com/winetasting/etiquette.html  by Courtney Cochran

http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/Wine-101/Tips-for-Visiting-Wineries.aspx

 http://guides.wsj.com/wine/going-wine-tasting/15-steps-to-a-successful-winery-visit/

http://www.therichlifeonabudget.com/2014/03/what-to-wear-wine-tasting-10tips-from-an-expert.html






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