25 Dos and Don’ts of Wine Tasting

Whether you’re a culinary adventurer or a thrill-seeker, Sonoma County is a place like no other. Known for is selection of some of the nations best vineyards, Sonoma County is the perfect place to get away from it all. If you are going on your first wine tasting venture, it can be a little intimidating. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of very short tips to make sure you have the best and most comfortable experience possible.

  1. Go tasting with a group. Everything tastes better when you’re in good company.
  2. Pace yourself! It’s about the tasting experience, not the amount you can consume. Let your senses take control.  A good rule of thumb is to not have more than two glasses on your first stop.
  3. Swirl the wine around before tasting. Not only will you be able to analyze the wine’s legs, but it will allow the wine’s  aroma to rise from the glass.
  4. Sniff the wine. Let your nose be the judge and don’t worry about what others are thinking. Wine tasting can be objective and your personal experience is the priority.
  5. Don’t be put off by odd descriptors. Grassy, earthy, forestry, and even cat urine are all a part of the wine game.
  6. Be polite with the pour buckets. If someone wishes to spit their wine instead of swallowing it, allow them to do so without commentary and be polite by not asking if you can finish their glass.
  7. Don’t wear strong perfumes. Scent is such a crucial aspect to wine tasting and even subtle perfumes or colognes can overpower the experience.
  8. Make sure to plan when you are going to eat. Some wineries have small plates, cheeses, and Charcuterie, but don’t make assumptions. Tasting wine on an empty stomach will enhance the alcohol’s effects, so even carrying a small bag of snacks along can help prevent being over served.
  9. Make sure to think ahead when it comes to transportation. Be safe and secure a limo service, designated driver, or cab.
  10. Don’t chug your glass of wine down and demand refills.
  11. While it’s in good form to purchase your favorite wines (especially if you have tasted multiple wines), only go with your favorites and don’t feel pressure to buy every, single wine you taste.
  12. Pay attention and don’t veer off into side conversations when your wine is being poured. It is rude to not be engaged when the wine’s origin, vintage, and other specs are being told. You’ll have plenty of time to socialize after.
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