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


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

Please just remember that winery tasting rooms are not bars. If you are having a conversation with the person pouring the wine, go ahead and stay at the bar. But otherwise, if there are other people in the tasting room, get your taste and take a step back, allowing the others to get their taste. Also, if you’re coming with a large group, it’s best to call ahead, so that the tasting room is prepared 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?

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?

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

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