Whether you're new to wine tasting or just wondered what the tasting room protocol is, here are some tasting room Sip Tips.
•Tasting rooms vary from the very elaborate to a simple table set up in the wine making area.
•Taste each wine carefully and savor each sip.
•Normally you would not ask for a second taste of one particular wine unless you indicate that you are interested in purchasing the wine.
•If water is provided, use it to clear your palate or to rinse your glass. Rinsing the glass is a good idea when the tasting moves from whites to reds or to dessert wines. Some wineries discourage rinsing with water as it can effect the next wine and they'll insist on rinsing it for you with little wine.
•Sometimes a neutral food will be provided, such as plain crackers. The purpose of the food is to clear the palate after tasting each particular wine. It's not for a light snack.
•Some tasting rooms will require that you pay a fee to taste the wine. Some wineries apply this fee to a purchase. Others might include a souvenir glass with the fee. Some tasting rooms have a two tier fee, one for the main line of wines and one for reserve wines.
•When a fee is charged, it is usually okay for two people to share one glass and pay only one tasting fee.
•If you are visiting a winery with friends or a group, try not to be loud or noisy. It ruins the atmosphere of the tasting room. Wineries can not serve anyone that appears intoxicated in the state of WA. - whether they're driving, or not.
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