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


Why do you swirl the wine?

Swirling the wine in your glass helps you evaluate the wine in three ways. First, it affects taste by aerating the wine, accelerating the "breathing" process, similar to decanting. Second, it releases the aroma of the wine, giving you a better smell of the wine. Third, by observing how the wine stays on the side of the glass, you get an initial assessment of the viscocity or body of the wine, basically how it’s going to feel in your mouth.


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?

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?