New Winos on the Block…
New to wine? Never been wine tasting before? Intimidated by how many different kinds of wine there are? That’s okay! Your friendly neighborhood tasting room attendants are here to help!
First things first, if you’re new to the big wide world of wine, don’t fret! You can still enjoy wine even if your knowledge is limited to “I’m pretty sure this is made from grapes.” Because when you go tasting, that’s all you really need to do: taste! Get a good variety of whites & reds, see what you like! That’s all you really need to know! Bringing along a notebook, or an easy peasy wine app on your phone (“there’s an app for that”) can help you remember what you like, and jot down anything you may have to say about what you tasted. That way, the next time you go tasting or want to buy a bottle, you’ll have a better idea of what you like!
Is there a certain order I need to taste wines in?
If you’re doing a mix of white and reds, you’ll want to start with whites first. That’s the most important aspect here. Depending on what is being poured in the tasting room, the order within a category can change. Your pourer will have a good idea what wines should come first. General rule of thumb: start with the lightest, end with the strongest!
Why is there a bucket?
A few reasons, actually. If someone is doing a LOT of tasting, this is convenient to spit in after having a sip, so as to not get tipsy and throw off the palate! Or, sometimes, a tasting room attendant might pour a bit too heavy, the bucket comes in handy if you can’t or shouldn’t finish the pour! Lastly, if you really don’t like the wine and simply can’t finish it, just pour it in, and move onto the next one.
What if I don’t like the wine I’m trying?
That’s okay! That’s why you’re tasting! There are all kinds of different palates that tolerate different flavors. And what you like can change! Tasting room attendants understand that. But they may ask you questions about what you do like to find you a new wine to pour you!
Why are the pours so small? And why do I get five?
A pour should be 1 oz, and five of those pours should equal a full 5 oz glass. Plenty to taste, but we still want you to safely drive away!
Do I need to swirl my glass? Smell the wine?
There are so many tips and tricks when it comes to tasting wine, and it all comes with time and experience! Swirling opens up the wine, and lets new notes come out. You may find some people hold the cup in their hands to warm up the wine- again, to let the flavor notes bloom! Smelling the wine will give you an idea of what the wine may taste like, and will prepare your palate for its unique notes.
And remember, the tasting room people are here to help! We are your friends, and have heard every question and comment you can imagine. So don’t be afraid to ask questions! …’cause we got the right stuff baby!