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.
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.
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).
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.
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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."
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."
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.
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respectful of your hosts and the other guests.
Tips you shouldn't forget:
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 dress in layers,
bring your sunglasses, scarf, hat and a folding umbrella.
Share some of your favorite memories or aspects with me!