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Wine-touring Tips for Beginners

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

Wine-touring Tips for Beginners

Wine-touring isn’t just for people who’re well-travelled and know how to appreciate good wine; it’s for people who love and appreciate the exquisite blend.

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to go wine-touring—you just have to appreciate the beauty of it.

There’s no need to be intimidated by your first wine tour; everyone’s got to start somewhere right?

Check out these wine-touring tips for beginners:

1) Get yourself a guidebook

You may be familiar with a few wines, but to get the most out of your first wine-tour, use the help of a guidebook. It will take you through the process of tasting a wine. You’ll begin with the look, smell, taste and then reflect—yes reflection is important.

If you’re worried about looking confused, a guidebook is your savior. It will give you an idea of what you need to look out for at each step.

2) Ask questions

Winemakers love to talk about their wines. Ask them as many questions as you can. With the help of your guidebook, you’ll learn to provide the sort of feedback they are looking for from you and the kind of questions you’re expected to ask.

Oftentimes, winemakers will throw around jargon that you would have never have heard of so feel free to ask them to explain.

1) Take notes

Although wine-touring is a getaway from your stressful daily life, it’s isn’t exactly a holiday – you’re essentially there to expand your knowledge about wine. Don’t be surprised when certain vineyards hand you little notebooks to write down notes.

The notes are supposed help you remember what you liked and what you didn’t. There’s no right or wrong to it; no one’s going to look through it, they are just there to help you recall.

2) Drink water and bring light snacks

You’re going to be sipping a lot of wine during your tour so keep some a water bottle with you to stay hydrated and to clear out your palate. Many wineries do offer visitor various types of cheese, nuts and other small snacks but it’s best to keep a light snack in your bag just in case. Not only will the snacks enhance the flavor of the wine but it will also stop you from getting light-headed.

Artisan Excursion’s wine-tours are an excellent option for both beginners and wine-connoisseurs. Our affordable wine-tours take you through the best wineries Solvang, CA, has to offer. Choose from our group tours or our custom-chartered tours and making your booking today!

For more information on wine-tasting in Solvang and our wine-tours, give us a call at 805.734.7565.

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