Wine Wrangler Tasting Tips
Paso Robles Wine County is a wine lover’s paradise. On a wine tasting tour with Wine Wrangler, you’ll have nearly 300 wineries to choose from and with a little pre-planning and a few tips, you can enjoy a successful wine tasting.
Tasting room etiquette is important since you’ll spend your time tasting wines in a social environment, along with other wine tasters. Tasting rooms are especially busy on the weekends, so you’ll have to manage crowds of people while you’re sipping and swirling.
Plan Ahead: With over 300 wineries to choose from, it’s important to plan your day ahead of time. We recommend selecting 4 to 5 wineries—or let us plan your tasting for you—that are located near each other. Plan on spending about 40 minutes to an hour at each, where you’ll probably taste an average of 4 to 5 wines.
Eat Before You Taste: Those small pours seem innocuous in the glass, but they add up fast. Add to the equation tasting rooms usually open around 11 am, and you can easily see that skipping breakfast could be a recipe for disaster. Eating before heading to the tasting rooms will slow down the effects of the alcohol and allow you to enjoy tasting without getting buzzed and making a fool of yourself.
Pace Yourself: Don’t feel compelled to drink everything in that’s poured in your glass. Wine tasting is all about learning the various styles of wine and the differences between each label. If you drink everything that goes into your glass, you’ll quickly wear out your palate and possibly, your welcome, too. Make good use of the dump buckets by pouring out whatever you don’t like.