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

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

With airline safety regulations now prohibiting you from carrying wine onto the plane, it's more difficult to get your wine home after a trip to the wine country. There are a few solutions, however. The first is WineSkins. These are sealable pouches, made specifically for bottles of wine, that fit inside your luggage.

The second possibility is to use a shipping company. In the Russian River area, there's a company called Wine Country Shipping, that will even pick up from your hotel room and ship back home for you. Or use one of the overnight shippings companies.

The third is to have the winery ship it home for you, but this probably only makes sense if buying more than a few bottles.

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 should open wine be stored?

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