- Make sure you have a good meal before you head out to the trail. It’s not wise to do this on an empty stomach.
- Take it easy at each winery. Sure you’re only drinking a small amount of each wine, but it all adds up. Make sure you’re okay to drive before heading to the next winery. If it’s possible, have a designated driver.
- If you don’t know a lot about wine, resist the urge to say something clever about the wines. Simply saying, “I really like this” is acceptable.
- Ask lots of questions. The tasting rooms of wineries are great places to get an education.
- Learn the history of the winery. There are fascinating stories associated with most small wineries. You’re bound to learn about some immigrants who bought land three generations ago who were told that grapes would never grow on their soil, but they were determined to make a go of it. And they did. Stories like this are good for the soul.
- Try a wine even if you think you don’t like that particular variety. You may be surprised.
- If you find a wine you love buy a bottle or two or a case.
- If you don’t find a wine you like at a particular winery, don’t feel obligated to buy anything.
- After your day of following the trail, take a bottle of wine that you picked up at one of the local wineries to a local BYOB. Ask those who run the tasting rooms for a recommendation if you don’t know of a BYOB in the region.
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