Wine Tasting Do’s & Don’ts

  • Don’t douse yourself in perfume/cologne before tasting. Too much fragrance can ruin the tasting experience for not only you, but those around you. If you must, spritz with consideration.
  • Do refer to my steps on the “Essentials of Tasting” page for the full experience. You use more more senses than just taste at a wine tasting, so study up!
  • Don’t go without a designated driver. Although the pours will be much smaller than a glass, it’s easy to a get a buzz when you’ve been tasting at multiple wineries in a row. Have a driver lined up, whether it be through a company or a friend who is willing.
  • Do pace yourself. A tasting room isn’t the place to be drunk, it’s the place to leisurely taste and learn. Being tipsy isn’t a problem, but you don’t want to be so obnoxious that you ruin the experience for others.
  • Don’t let medals/awards be indicative of what you taste. Some wines receive rave reviews from critics but are actually not the most popular with tasting room customers. Give any wines that interest you, medal or not, a try!
  • Do eat the crackers provided. While they shouldn’t be a substitute for lunch, they are meant to cleanse your palate after each tasting.
  • Don’t feel as though you have finish each pour. Tasting rooms offer buckets that you can empty wine into if you prefer not to finish. Trust me, it’s not rude!
  • Do buy wine. If you enjoyed a particular glass, purchase it! Many wineries waive tasting fees if you make a purchase. There’s also the chance that you won’t be able to find that bottle in stores, so don’t have regrets later.