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5 Things You Should Always Do On A Wine Tasting Tour

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Are you planning a wine tasting tour and you are not sure the things you should do in one? Maybe you are wondering what you should carry.


What are the activities you should conduct when you get there? Freight not, we have got you sorted out.


Read on and get to know the 5 must-do things that will get you blending in effortlessly.


  1. Get A Box Of Wine



When you go for a wine tour, you will more often than not end up buying a bottle of wine to bring back home. Carrying wine can be tricky and thus needs special care. There are many available wine boxes for purchase from reputable online stores such as Amazon. Some take the look of old-fashioned crate to fully blend in with the aging aspect of wine. You will be glad you carried a box, otherwise the wine bottles will keep rattling and some might even break. Alternatively, you can call to inquire if the winery offers any shipping arrangements.

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Picnics sites are common place in wineries. Tagging along your picnic basket and mat will sure come in handy. Once you are done with the tasting, get a bottle of the wine with your loved the one. Get a nice place to sit down with your loved ones and savor in the picturesque landscapes of the winery.


  1. Have A Designated Driver

It goes without saying; any trips which involve consumption of alcoholic drinks, demand a designated driver. Tours to the winery will definitely involve alcohol. Driving when intoxicated may bring along trouble with the law to say the least. It is therefore wise to get a designated driver to guide you along the whole wine tasting tour. Every time I was in Temecula, aka Southern California’s wine country, I would also called up one of my good friends Steven. He actually owns one of the best Temecula LIMO Service over there. So if you ever wine hopping in the area, I would definitely recommend them.


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  1. Converse With Winery Owners

This is the second best thing to do in a wine tasting tour. The first being is tasting the wine of course. Most of the time, the people behind the bar are usually the owners. Sometimes they may be people who are closely related to the winery. Conversing with them will get you acquainted to the wine history and the wine-making as a whole. The fascinating behind the scenes content will give you a new perspective to truly appreciate the wine. The winemakers are experts in wine accompaniments. Get to know what food goes best with what wine. What events are best complimented by wines.


  1. Discover New Wines

Different regions have different weather conditions. This brings the diversity of fruits. The grapes from your local store might be of a different breed from the ones you find in wineries. Indulge yourself to the variety your wine tasting tour presents. Hybrid grapes give wine a unique taste from native grapes. Try them all and maybe you will find your sweet spot.

Some wineries have nature trails. These are perfect for those who appreciate nature. They are ideal for lovers who want to stroll and talk sweet nothings. Be adventurous and enjoy the serenity.

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  1. Drink Responsibly

It’s not a myth that wines taste better at wineries than from the store. The same wine you always drink at home will taste a whole lot better at the winery. This is due to the controlled environment in a winery that isn’t replicated at home. It is therefore easy to get carried away by the deep rich tastes. Drink responsibly. Have fun but not too much. Always remember that a person who doesn’t control their drinking spoils the fun for everyone around him or her. This further emphasizes why it is important to have a designated driver.



Now that you know what to do in a wine tasting tour, its time to plan for one. After all, some wineries give away wine samples for free. At the same time you will get to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature and panoramic landscapes. Moreover, the tour might be what you need to blow off steam from work pressures and hustles of living in the city. Maybe even ignite that spark in you and your spouse like newlyweds. As a bonus you will get to enjoy and discover new wines. At the end of the tour, you will be a wine connoisseur before you know it and maybe get a new favorite wine while at it.

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Common Types Of Wine

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The most basic types of wine are the red, white, and rose. Wine gets its color from the tannins in the grapes. Tannin is the polyphenol in grapes that besides the color that it gives to the wine: it is also responsible for the bitter taste of the wine. White and pink wines are produced from grapes without skin, whereas the red wine is produced from fermented grapes with skin.

The red wine is produced from red grapes, but a white wine can also be produced from red grapes by taking the skin off the grape. The pink wine gets his color by fermenting with red grapes, but the pink wine doesn’t ferment with the red grapes as long as the red wine does.

The most famous red wines in the world:

1. The world’s most famous red wine is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Its popularity began in the twentieth century when it was imported from Bordeaux, France. The Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from red grapes with thick skin. It is combined with the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is usually produced in warmer climates, but it is also produced in cooler climates where the Cabernet Sauvignon is combined with black-currant woody shrub. The Cabernet Sauvignon is rich in tannins, and it has high levels of acidity.

The Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like strawberry, cranberry, cherries, and it is enriched with a delicacy of black or bell pepper.

The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines include:
1. The Shafer 2004 Hillside
2. The Cardinale 2006
3. The Quilceda Creek 2006
4. The Stonestreet 2007 Rockfall
5. Von Strasser 2009 Estate Vineyard

2. The Merlot is the second most famous red wine in the world, that is, mostly produced in Bordeaux, France. The traditional Merlot, that is, produced in France has medium levels of alcohol. The red grapes in the French Merlot are combined with raspberries or strawberries.

The international way of manufacturing Merlot consists of combining the red grapes with blackberries or plums. The French version of the Merlot is very acidic, and it has milder levels of alcohol, whereas the international version of the Merlot has higher levels of alcohol, and it is richer in tannins. The Merlot has a soft taste, and it is not one of the strongest vines.

The best Merlot wines:
1. 97 Château Pétrus 2004 Pomerol
2. 91 Feudi di San Gregorio 2003 Pàtrimo (Irpinia)
3.94 Château Trotanoy 2004 Pomerol
4. 2011 K Vintners Merlot Northridge Vineyard Wahlike Slope
5. 2006 Peby-Faugeres Saint-Emilion

3. Pinot Noir has been named after the grapes from which has been produced Pinot Noir. This wine is typically produced in areas with cooler climates, and it is most associated with the Burgundy region in France. The Pinot Noir is a vine with low levels of tannin.

Its taste transforms over time, so the Pinot Noir in its early stages after its production has a taste of cherries, raspberries, or strawberries. Over time it develops a taste similar to the taste of plants, such as tea or other herbs.

The best Pinot Noir wines:
1. 96 Louis Jadot 2012 Echézeaux
2. 94 Sineann 2013 Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir
3. 92 Adelsheim 2012 Pinot Noir
4. 93 Ata Rangi 2012 Pinot Noir
5. 92 Adelsheim 2012 Pinot Noir

4. The Syrah is produced in milder climates; it is usually a combination of the Grenache and Mourvedre wines. There are Syrah wines with both high and medium levels of tannins. Its taste is a combination of menthol, blackberries, and black pepper.

Although the Syrah is ordinarily produced in milder climates, some areas in the world with hot climates produce the Syrah wine, such as Australia, where it has low levels of tannin and a taste of Asian herbs: liqourice, anise, etc.

The best Syrah wines:
1. 2002 Shirvington Shiraz McLaren Vale
2. 2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
3. 1999 Greenock Creek Cellars Shiraz Roennfeldt Road Barossa Valley
4. 2005 Mitolo Shiraz Savitar McLaren Vale
5. 2005 Hazyblur Wines Shiraz McLaren Vale

The most common types of white wine:

1. The Chardonnay wine is produced of green grapes that originated from Burgundy, France. The Chardonnay wine has several flavors depending on the area where the wine has been produced. In the colder climates, the Chardonnay tastes like tropical fruit, and it contains light to medium levels of alcohol.

In the warmer areas of the planet, including Australia and New Zealand, the Chardonnay tastes more like an orange or a grapefruit in a combination with flavors of peach and melon. The type of oak in which the Chardonnay has been fermented affects the flavor of the Chardonnay, so the Chardonnay that has fermented in oak barrels has greasy and creamy taste like butter.

In California, the Chardonnay tastes like tropical fruits, such as banana or mango. The Chardonnay has medium levels of acidity and low levels of sweetness.

The best Chardonnay wines:

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1. 2010 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
2. 2012 Aubert Wines Chardonnay Lauren Sonoma Coast
3. 2012 Aubert Wines Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard Sonoma Coast Sonoma
4. 2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Santa Cruz Mountains
5. 2012 Pahlmeyer Winery Jayson Chardonnay Napa County

2. The Riesling wine is made of white grapes that were first discovered in the Rhine river area in Germany. The Riesling is a wine of high acidity with medium levels of sweetness that tastes like lemon or apples; its taste depends on the area where it has been produced.

The Riesling has low levels of alcohol, and it is a type of wine that gets tastier as it ages. The Austrian Riesling wines taste like tropical fruit, such as peach, orange, lemon, etc. In Australia, the Riesling tastes like orange, lemon, and it has higher levels of acidity.

The best Riesling wines:
1. 2010 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese #6
2. 2009 Weingut Prager Riesling Smaragd Klaus
3. 2008 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling Brand Selection de Grains Nobles
4. 2005 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay Riesling Auslese
5. 2011 Georg Breuer Rauenthaler Nonnenberg Riesling

3. The Sauvignon Blanc is another famous wine from the Brodeaux, France. It is produced of green grapes that are skinned before they are fermented. The Sauvignon Blanc has various flavors that differentiate according to the climate where the Sauvignon Blanc has fermented.

In the tropical areas, the Sauvignon Blanc tastes like tropical fruit. In the colder climates, the Sauvignon Blanc has high levels of acidity; flavors like some herbs that grow in these areas, and flavors of tropical fruit.

The best Sauvignon Blanc wines:
1. 2007 Chateau Laville Haut Brion Graves Blanc
2. 2012 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Leognan Blanc
3. 2012 Peter Michael Winery Sauvignon Blanc L’Apres-Midi Sonoma County
4. 2009 Cade Winery Sauvignon Blanc Oakville Napa Valley
5. 2012 Francois Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu

4. The Pinot Gris is a wine made of the white wine grape. The Pinot Gris descends from Europe: Northern Italy and France. This is a wine with very low levels of alcohol. It has medium levels of acidity and low levels of sweetness. The Italian Pinot Gris wines have higher levels of acidity. The Pinot Gris tastes like tropical fruits, and it has some flavors of the Noble Rot of Riesling Grapes.

The best Pinot Gris wines:
1. 2008 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendanges Tardives
2. 2010 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen Clos St. Urbain
3. 2008 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg Selection de Grains Nobles
4. 2011 Domaine Bott-Geyl Pinot Gris Furstentum
5. 2011 Wind Gap Pinot Gris Windsor Oaks Vineyard Chalk Hill

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Beginners Guide To Wine

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Whenever you choose a wine, there are several things that you should consider, such as the flavor of the wine, the smell of the wine, and the texture of the wine. Before you taste a wine, smell it. Whirl the glass with the wine a little before you smell the wine.
When you whirl the wine, the wine lets off its aromas in the air. According to the smell of the wine, you can determine the wine’s type.
For instance, the Domaine Capairou Viognier smells like exotic fruit; Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like menthol.

A wine made of grapes smells like grapes; it is as simple as that. Sauvignon Blanc smells like mowed grass. Cabernet Sauvignon smells like a flower or an herb. Sauternes smell like honey. Chardonnay smells like a caramel.


How to evaluate the texture of the wine


You need to pay attention to the texture of the wine. To evaluate the texture of the wine, fill one third of the glass, so you can have a better look of the wine. If you fill the glass with more than one third of the glass, you risk spilling the wine when you assess its texture.
When you assess the texture of the wine, take a close look at the color of the wine by looking down at the wine. By looking down at the glass, you get a clear view of the thickness of the wine.
Then, direct the glass to the light. Pay attention to the clearness of the wine. A good wine has a crystal clear color, and it has sparkles. A good white wine has a brown color or a combination of brown and yellow colors. A good red wine has an orange color or a color similar to an old brick. By looking at the color of the wine on the side, you can determine the age of the wine.
When the wine has the colors mentioned above, the wine is old. Avoid a wine, that is, too white and/or too watery since these are characteristics of a vapid wine. In the end, whirl the glass.
The wine that leaves more tears (some people call them legs) on the sides of the glass is a wine with higher levels of alcohol and more glycerin. This type of wine is tastier, thicker, and more pleasurable to the senses than other wines.
While the white wine becomes darker as it ages, the red wine becomes whiter with age. Although some wines get tastier as they age, not all wines become tastier over time. This is one common myth about wine.
The last step of assessing wine is to taste the wine. You want to play around with the wine in your mouth in order to get in touch with all the flavors of the wine. A wine that has one taste is considered as a simple wine; a wine with several flavors is considered a complex wine, such as sweet, salty, bitter taste, etc.
The more tastes the wine has; the better the wine is. Complex wines are generally considered as wines of higher quality.


The difference between vintage and non vintage wines
Vintage wines are produced of the grapes of the same year. Non vintage wines are produced from a combination of grapes from two to three years. Vintage wines are riped for three years, and vintage wines are the wines that have been produced in a year that is considered as one of the best years.
Vintage wines are of better quality; therefore, they are more expensive. 80% of the wine on the market is non vintage, yet there is high quality non vintage wine.
If you want a wine of the best quality, then buy a vintage wine, but don’t discard non vintage wines as there are excellent non vintage wines on the market. You can identify a vintage wine by the year of production. A non vintage wine doesn’t have a year of production, and vintage wines have a year of production on the label.


The difference between champagne and a sparkling wine


The champagne is the sparkling wine produced in the Champagne area of France. If the wine isn’t produced in France, then it is a sparkling wine. Only sparkling wines produced in France can be called Champagne.


How to read the label of the wine


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Some wines have labels written in French, Italian, or German, so you might become confused about what each word of the label on the wine mean. By following these guidelines, you will know exactly what every word on the label means.


  1. The producer of the wine is usually written on the first line of the label.
  2. Under the name of the manufacturer, the label states the type of the wine.
  3. The region is written under the type of the wine.
  4. The year of production is stated below the region.
  5. Lastly the percentage of alcohol is stated at the bottom of the label.


The price of the wine


A more expensive wine is tastier than a cheap wine, but the most expensive wine doesn’t mean that is the best wine. You should choose a wine that has a reasonable price and a wine with several aromas. The taste improves with time on the more expensive wines. If you want to buy a cheap wine of high quality, cheap wines of high quality have a RM sign on the label.


You should prefer to drink wine from countries that have a long tradition of manufacturing wine, such as France, Italy, and Germany. You can differentiate a wine from a country that has been producing wine for years by the label. Countries with a long tradition of making wine keep the type of grapes; they use a secret.


3 Flaws of Bad Wine:

  1. Wine that smells like it has been brought to you from a basement full of mold.
  2. Wine that smells like burned wood.
  3. Wine that smells like vinegar.


Avoid these wines. If a wine has any of these flaws, return the wine and ask for a different wine.

If you still hungry for more wine knowledge, I would highly recommend “The World Atlas Of Wine” which you can find at Amazon.

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