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Frequently Asked Questions About Wine, Wine Tasting,
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What about other items in the tasting room, such as crackers, water and wine buckets? What are they for?

Eating crackers between tasting different wines can help cleanse your palate, giving you a more accurate tasting of each wine. Water is often used to rinse out your wine glass between wines. (Actually, experts seem split on this. Some recommend rinsing your glass, so there is no residue from the previous wine. Others say that rinsing leaves a water residue, which for a small taste of wine can have a significant impact on the taste, especially the viscosity, of the wine.)

One other tip: if you rinse with water, you don’t have to pour it out. Consider drinking it, as a way of keeping yourself hydrated and reducing the risk of inebriation.

The wine buckets are for pouring out the water after you’ve rinsed your glass, or for pouring out any wine you don’t want to drink. Don’t hesitate to use these if you don’t like the wine!

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?

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?