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


In a tasting room, white wines are usually tasted first, followed by the reds, and finally any dessert wines. Why this order?

Let’s work backwards. The dessert wines are usually strongly flavored and sweet. Therefore you should be able to taste them, no matter what you’ve tasted previously. Similarly, the reds are more powerful than the whites, so taste the whites first. Even within the reds and the whites, you should taste the lighter wines first. For example, you would taste Pinot Noirs before Cabernet Sauvignons.


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?

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?