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Frequently Asked Questions About Wine, Wine Tasting,
and Travel in the Wine Regions

Should you taste all the wines being offered at a tasting room?

Taste what you want to. You’re not going to offend the tasting room staff by not tasting a specific wine, or wine category. For example, you may only like red wines, and so you can tell the tasting room staff that you’ll only be tasting the reds. Or you want to skip the lighter whites, such as Pinot Gris, and only taste their Chardonnay. This is important especially if you have a big day of tasting planned. You can either try a sip of each wine and spit or just try what you like so your palate can be sharp enough for the last winery of the day. Remember that you don’t need to drink every drop from each glass; it’s OK to pour out unwanted wine, and all tasting rooms will have pour buckets for you.

How many wineries should we plan to go to in one day?

How much time should you plan on for each winery?

Should we drive ourselves around the wine regions or rent a limo?

Are there any rules of etiquette that are unique to tasting rooms?

Is it OK to wear perfume or cologne when going wine tasting?

Do white wines come from white grapes, and red wine from red grapes? Is the juice a different color from each grape? What about Rosé?

Why should wine be decanted?

Why do you swirl the wine?

In a tasting room, white wines are usually tasted first, followed by the reds, and finally any dessert wines. Why this order?

What about other items in the tasting room, such as crackers, water and wine buckets? What are they for?

What is all the information on the label of the wine bottle?

How should I choose wine at a restaurant?

How should open wine be stored?

How do I ship home the wine that I purchased while traveling?

What is a fortified wine? Where did they come from?