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Snooth User: amour

Not Tipsy Tips and Tips ......Winery Visiting

Posted by amour, Mar 30, 2010.

A chance to interact and have a say or two......for those who have visited and those who have not or are planning to,  or  are  thinking seriously, or not, about a visit to a winery, far or near.

Some wineries accomodate bus loads.

Others do not or cannot.

Most prefer  a visitor to arrange a visit...not just show-up!

Small wineries definitely prefer notice of a visit  ....a week in advance at least.

A visit is not always free.

Look for the TIP-BOX and contribute, please.

Do not feel obliged to buy but it is good to buy a bottle at least, depending on your luggage situation and the economics....these are personal matters, I agree...Be Wise....whatever that means to you!

Ask opinions and ask questions.  Most appreciate the opportunity to reply.

It is wise to find out if that Winery has a distributor in your country or in which countries there are distributors.

Be honest in your response, when asked for feedback/opinions, especially on wine tasted at that winery.

Take your sample, have a look , move away,  give others the opportunity to get close to whatever is the centre of attraction at the moment.

In Europe, many wineries are closed on Saturdays and on Sundays also.

Some also close at lunch for two hours.

Sometimes, up to 15 wines are sampled in a session......CALL FOR  THE  SPITOON, PLEASE!


Thanks for participating...actively...I trust!


Kindest regards.



Reply by amour, Mar 30, 2010.

Many wineries have user-friendly wine web-sites which present most

vital  details.

Of course, they are too polite to say that visitors should tip or buy something.

I was only recently reading the information on Chateau des Charmes,

Niagara-on-the -Lake and thought how helpful it is.

Reply by Carly Wray, Mar 31, 2010.

Love this advice. I'd also offer this to anyone just starting to do some wine-related travel: don't be afraid to visit the smaller, appointment or reservation-only tasting rooms! The giant, tourist-friendly spots in major wine regions can be fun, but don't stick to the places that have gift shops, even if you're a beginner. There's no greater pleasure than an intimate, off-the-beaten-path tasting room.

Reply by amour, Mar 31, 2010.

Thanks for participating, Carly Wray,......we all need to keep up with the the wisest of moves which are also boring expensive and lacking cost-effectiveness stuff!

There are better ways of spending money....

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 1, 2010.

The key, of course, is to ensure that you are not tipsy before you attend a tasting... and more importantly, that you are not tipsy when reporting on a tasting...

Reply by Cathy Shore, Apr 1, 2010.

Many people who are 'doing' the Loire are keen to fit as many tastings as possible.  I would recommend that 2 or 3 (with a max of 4) is the most that one can feasibly expect to do in any one day.

The French love to stop for lunch and normally wineries close for 2 hours - make the most of this to relax and reflect upon what you have tasted and don't rush things.  Like all the good things in life, wine is to be savoured and enjoyed, winemakers and growers love to tell stories and share their experience - and they love to eat.  So, when here, take your time - enjoy the lunch break and don't resent it. Make the most of a small number of high quality visits rather than rushing from one to another. 


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