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Enjoy your wine outing near High Point with these tips

Whether you’re embarking on your first wine tour from your home base at the Radisson hotel or you’re a veteran taster, these tips and reminders will help you get the most out of your experience:

Allow enough time
You’ll want to allow yourself between 30 and 60 minutes at each winery so that your tasting and tour doesn’t feel rushed. Thus, you’ll want to plan your last tasting of the day at least an hour before the winery closes.

Designate a driver
While intoxication is obviously frowned upon at tours and tastings, it’s not uncommon for beginners to get a little tipsy. Each sample is generally a half ounce, and you may be sampling quite a few wines during your tour. Designate a driver who will not be tasting to ensure the safety of your group. As a thank you, treat your driver to lunch or pick up a bottle or two for him or her on your trip.

Learn while you’re having fun
Part of the experience of a wine tasting is broadening your horizons. Try new wines and compare them with your favorites. Use your tasting sheet to record your preferences and impressions. Don’t be inhibited—ask questions! The tasting leader can tell you which wines pair best with which foods. 

Eat beforehand
Eating a full meal before your tasting helps reduce the risk of becoming overly intoxicated. You can also bring light snacks along, such as fruit or crackers, to help—especially if you’re visiting several wineries on your tour. 

Call ahead if you’re in a group
If your party includes 10 or more individuals, contact the winery ahead of time to make sure it can accommodate your group.

Leave the kids with a sitter
Wine tasting is an adult activity, and most wineries don’t accommodate families with children. Thus, we don’t advise bringing children on your tasting or tour.  

Keep your pets in the kennel
If you’re traveling with pets, make arrangements to have them kenneled or watched. Pets are not appropriate at a wine tasting. 

Forgo perfumes and colognes
Wine tasting is a sensitive, sensory experience. Strong perfumes or scented body products can disrupt both your and other tasters’ ability to detect the subtle notes in many wines. Winery staff frequently possess an acute olfactory sense, owing it to the nature of their work, and may find your perfume or cologne intrusive. Let the day be about the natural bouquets and flavors of the wines you’re experiencing, and save your perfume, cologne and scented lotion for another day.