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

How should open wine be stored?

Once the wine is opened it begins to lose its taste. If you don’t finish off the bottle, you should either replace the cork or better yet get yourself a Vacu-Vin pump with a stopper. This product helps remove the oxygen in the bottle which then maintains the freshness of the wine longer. These pumps are found at your local Bed Bath and Beyond or go to You can store the wine for a few days by storing it in the refrigerator. This is true for red and white wines. Let stored red wine warm for a few minutes before drinking.

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?

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

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

How should I choose wine at a restaurant?

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

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