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Wine Tasting Etiquette – The Dos and Don’ts

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

There’s more nuance to wine tasting than people give it credit for. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about ‘eating cheese and getting drunk out of your mind’. Wine tasting is a unique art form that has its own unspoken (yet strictly enforced) rules and regulations.

Most wine enthusiasts don’t know the first thing about these rules and end up having an uninspired wine tasting experience.

To ensure that the same never happens to you, we’ve compiled a list of the dos and don’ts of wine tasting.

DO: Have a Healthy Breakfast

They say preparation is half the battle won. The same holds true for wine tasting.

A big part of getting ready for a wine tasting trip is having a big breakfast. Not only will doing so keep you nourished for the day, it will also help you avoid the lightheadedness one gets when drinking on an empty stomach.

DON’T: Forget to Take Notes

Think of it this way; if you don’t document how your experiences, you won’t remember which samples you enjoyed most.

This defeats the entire purpose of going on a wine tasting tour (which is to improve your palette) so, it’s better to make concise notes on every wine you sample!

DO: Buy Wine

This one’s a no brainer; if you really enjoy a sample, buy a bottle. Buying from the brewery has two major advantages;

  1. You’re directly supporting the people who made the wine.

  2. You have a fresh bottle to share with your family and friends when you get home.

DON’T: Get Drunk

Simply put, getting drunk is a surefire way of sabotaging your wine tour. Drink in moderation when tasting when. Don’t take huge gulps of reds or whites; instead take small sips and savor the flavor. Similarly, make sure to drink your fair share of water so that you keep your body hydrated!

DO: Make a Reservation

Wine tours are extremely popular these days so there’s a high chance that the breweries you plan to visit on the weekends might be packed to the rafters. And while wine tasting is more fun when you have people around you, too many people can completely ruin your experience.

So, if you have a few holidays lined up, you should make reservations beforehand. If you’re looking for economical wine tour packages in Solvang, then you’ve certainly come to the right place!

The Artisan Excursion team prides itself in its extensive knowledge of the wineries in Solvang and offers you the premium wine tasting experience. Treat yourself to a day of comfort, good company and great wine by getting in touch with us today!

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