Do not wear perfume or fragrances while tasting wine. You will want to be able to enjoy the unique fragrance of the wine you will be tasting, and not your own perfume.
Take advantage of our water on board. It will give your taste buds a chance to rest up for the next winery! The goal is not to become intoxicated, but to experience the wonderful wines offered at each stop. Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated and help avoid hangovers.
Wine tasting rooms are limited by law as the amount of wine they may serve you during a visit. Some, with many wines, will have smaller pours, so that you may experience all of their wines. If you come across one that is not to your liking, you are welcome to dump it into the provided receptical. No one will think less of you if you spit out wine or do not finish your glass, in fact, that is what wine connoisseur do. You do not, however, need to rinse your glass between tastings. The little residual wine in the glass will blend better with the next taste than the water left after rinsing!
Ask questions. Learn more. Wander around the tasting room.
Gum and mints will detract from your ability to taste the wine and should be avoided.
We will give you a note pad to make notes of wines you enjoy so that you can purchase them later! However, some wines can be hard to find, and buying it from the winemaker lends a special feeling when you pop the cork back at home. Additionally, some of our wineries give discounts to our customers!
Always try at least one new wine! Each winemaker has a unique product. If you think you don't like Cab Franc, at least try one. If you think you don't like reds, at least take a sip, you may be pleasantly surprised. Ask your guide for suggestions!
Hold the glass by the stem and look through the wine against the light to see its color. The wine should be clear, not hazy or cloudy. White wines range in color from almost clear to a golden yellow. Red wines usually range in color from a dark,intense red to a light red.
Fill a large glass halfway, and swirl the wine in the glass. This will allow the aroma tobe released. You will also notice the wine as it clings to the side of the glass. This indicates residual sugars in the wine.
Inhale deeply and try to identify what you smell. Many winemakers use the terms: - oak, tobacco, citrus, apple, chocolate, plums, pineapple, flowers or raspberries and even dirt.
Swish the wine around in your mouth to reach all of your taste buds. Breathe in some air through your mouth to enhance the aromas. ISome wine tastes a little tart (high in acids) or tannic (so it leaves your mouth dry). If the wine feels hot and burns a little, it has a high alcohol level. A well-balanced wine is one in which none of these elements are overwhelming. Notice how the wine feels in your mouth, this is called the texture.
All true wine connoisseurs spit. It sounds funny, and a bit wasteful, but if you are pacing yourself, taste, then spit. Everyone will think you are a pro. If you swallow, notice the feel of the wine as it hits the back of your mouth and throat.
The "Process" (or how to look like a wine connoisseur)