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

Why should wine be decanted?

1) Older red wines often have crystalline deposits in the bottle. These occur naturally, and don’t affect the taste of the wine, but it can be a bit disconcerting to have these in the glass. Traditionally, when decanting, the neck of the Bordeaux-style bottle is meant to capture these deposits. It’s OK though to use a stainless steel pour spout and filter to perform this function.

2) Wine interacts with oxygen, usually for the better when you open the bottle. Pouring the wine into a decanter accelerates the oxygenation of the wine, helping your older red wines (and younger ones too) to hit peak taste as quickly as possible.

3) There are some very beautiful crystal decanters; it’s nice to be able to put yours on the dinner table and finally use it.

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 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?