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Get the most out of your wine tours and tastings near High Point

While wine tastings can be a great deal of fun, there are a few recommendations that will not only make your experience more pleasant, but will also help to ensure that you get the most out of your wine tasting outing:

Allow Enough Time
Plan to spend around 30 to 60 minutes per winery to give yourself time to enjoy the tasting and the tour. For this reason, your last wine tasting of the day should begin no later than one hour prior to the winery’s posted closing time.

Designate a Driver
You may be sampling quite a few different wines (generally about a 1/2 oz per serving), so you’ll want to designate a driver who will not be imbibing. Treat your driver to lunch or save a few bottles of wine for him/her to enjoy later! Remember, wineries will not take kindly to drunken guests, but it is not uncommon for first-timers to become a little tipsy during their first outing.

Learn While You’re Having Fun
Try wines that you haven’t tried before—you may be surprised! Compare the different styles side-by-side, taking notes on a tasting sheet to remember your favorites. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask about which food pairings go best with the wines you like.

Eat Before Your Visit
Having a decent meal before your wine tasting experience begins will help reduce the risk of becoming tipsy. It’s also a good idea to bring some light snacks, such as fruit or crackers—especially if you are planning a longer day of it.

Groups
If you are planning a group of 10 or more people, you should call ahead to ensure the winery can accommodate you comfortably.

Children
It is advisable not to bring children to a wine tasting. Some wineries do accommodate families, but most do not.

Pets
Pets are definitely not welcome at a wine tasting and should not be brought along.

Perfumes and Colognes
When attending a wine tasting, one wishes to experience the natural bouquets and flavors of the wine itself. Strongly perfumed body products can be overwhelming to other tasters, as well as overpowering the more subtle notes in many wines. Additionally, many winery staff members possess a highly sensitive sense of smell, owing to the nature of their work. Before your outing, it is best to avoid perfumes, colognes or any strongly scented body products altogether.