Rex’s Top Wine Tasting Tips

19thholeTips for a successful Wine Tour0 Comments

  1. Express Your Wine Preferences: Are your taste buds sweet or dry? Red or white? It’s important to let your tour company know ahead of time in order to arrange the best possible experience for you and your guests.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Like all alcoholic beverages, wine will leave you feeling dehydrated.  It’s important to counter that with plenty of water in order to enjoy your tour all day.
  3. Eat Snacks: It’s a good idea to snack along the way. A granola bar between wineries will keep you energized and help you to enjoy your tour all day.
  4. Eat a Good Breakfast: You don’t want to start a wine tour on an empty stomach! Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast before your guide takes you to the first winery. On that note, eat your entire lunch too if you’re on a long tour.
  5. Tasting Rooms Are Not Bars: We’re all here to have a good time, share laughs, and create memories. But individuals who have had too much to drink can ruin the experience for the entire group. Follow tips 2-4 to avoid being “the drunken friend.”
  6. Don’t Be Shy: The best part of a wine tour is, of course, the wine. But the next best thing is the people you meet in the wineries.  Many times, the people behind the bar are the owners or winemakers.  They are a bottomless source of knowledge and interesting stories.
  7. Leave the Breath Mints at Home: Breath mints or gum will drastically alter the taste of the wine…and not for the better. Brush your teeth and floss in the morning and keep that palate clean for the wine.
  8. Check the Weather: Sure it’s usually sunny in the Texas Hill Country.  But you don’t want to be stuck in the rain without an umbrella.  Dress appropriately for the weather.
  9. Tip Your Server or Driver: Be sure to tip your server if you feel like you received good service. Remember, they are taking care of you while you are constantly consuming wine throughout the day.  Be sure to show your appreciation.
  10. Buy a Bottle: If you particularly enjoyed a certain wine don’t be afraid to take it with you. When you decide to open the bottle at home, memories of your wine tour experience will come flooding back, and you will be counting the days until your next 19th Hole Wine Tour.

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