Before You Take A Step
Are You Sitting In The Frozen Food Aisle?
The bottles of wine being featured should be prominently displayed so you can see what’s ahead. You can peruse the bottle to glean information about the region or winery. A nice touch is to have tasting notes about the wine or at least a list of the wines so you can write down your impressions.
No Plastic Cups, Please
How can you value your wine so little that you present it in a cheap, crappy piece of plastic? Sorry, at this point, you must leave.
Ideally you’ll have quality stemware. It enhances the experience and makes me more likely to pop for a pricey bottle of wine. At the least you should have clean glasses and the ability to rinse between tastes.
This Tasting Sponsored By The Nickel & Dime Winery
There is nothing more annoying than being gouged during a local tasting. Often the tastings are $15 to $20 per person. So, if I am going with my wife, that’s $30 right off the top. Prices can go much higher if it is a premium tasting, and that should be disclosed upfront.
Tastings should allow you to pay by the flight or by the individual sample. Also, if the host allows you and your guest to split a tasting, that is a bonus.
If I really like a wine, I will ask to “revisit” it. That means I’d like another pour and usually indicates I’m interested in buying a bottle. The host is shortsighted if they demand $3 or $4 for that taste, because they’ve just lost a $25 sale.
At minimum there should be some crackers to cleanse the palate between tastes. Some cheese or other appetizers can elevate the tasting. Depending on the appetizers, it can also elevate the price.
I’m looking for a decent value for the wine tasting, and if the price for two people starts adding up to $40, $50 or more, then I’d be better off buying a nice bottle and staying home.
Free Range Wine Tasting
The mix should also include a variance in the price range. Have some affordable gems, but there should be a wine with an aspirational price tag too.
I Didn’t See That Coming
Perhaps it is a wine from a grape no one has heard of.
The nicest surprise of all is a bonus wine that the host pours for the guest. We all enjoy great wine – especially if a complimentary glass is being poured for us at the end of a long day!