A wine tour gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at your favorite vineyard. Each wine tour will include a range of activities, but wine tastings are the highlight of most wine tours.
Here are three tips that you can use to ensure you are following the proper etiquette when engaged in a tasting on your next wine tour.
1. Bring Along Some Cash
Although the tasting experience is included in the overall cost of many wine tours, it's important that you bring along some extra cash. Cash can be used to tip the many individuals, like your wine steward, who will help to make your wine tour a memorable one.
Wine stewards work hard to educate tour guests about the unique attributes of each wine that will be included in a tasting. These stewards are also responsible for pouring the wine and ensuring that all guests are able to ask questions about the wines they are tasting.
You will want to tip your steward for these services once the tasting portion of your wine tour comes to an end. Cash is the easiest way to provide a nice tip for your wine steward.
2. Utilize the Pour Bucket
Modern wine tours will often travel through multiple vineyards. Visiting more than one vineyard means that you will likely engage in multiple tastings during the course of your wine tour. The last thing that you want to do is to become so inebriated that you aren't able to enjoy your wine tour.
Pour buckets, also known as spitting buckets, are made available during all wine tours. These buckets provide a place for you to discreetly spit out your wine rather than swallow it.
You will still be able to enjoy the flavor and aroma of the wine, but you will not be ingesting enough wine to compromise your sobriety when you utilize a pour bucket properly.
3. Use Proper Tasting Technique
There is a certain technique that is used when tasting wine. Using this technique will help you get the most out of your tasting experience.
Begin by looking at the color of the wine. Swirl the wine in your glass to check its viscosity. Hold the glass to your nose and inhale deeply to identify all scent notes. Take a small sip, and swirl the wine inside your mouth to coat all surfaces.
Following this approach will help you truly appreciate each wine you sample during your wine tour.