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Going to a big wine tasting? Here are five tasting survival tips

on 18/06/13 at 12:07 pm


images“As a wine writer, I get asked all the time how I navigate the bigger wine events, such as August’s Family Winemakers in San Francisco, which features 250 wineries pouring about 800 wines. There are some tricks. Particularly in the summer, when many events take place under the hot sun, it’s important to follow some logical rules. Here are five.”

1. Go in with a plan

Are you just going to stick to new wines? Whites? Santa Barbara pinots? It may sound limiting, especially when you’ve spent your hard-earned money on a pricey ticket and want the bragging rights of attendance and wine discovery, but you’d be surprised. Narrowing it down still affords you plenty of opportunities for discovery.

2. Spit or dump

You will not offend the winery. Remember, you are trying the wines, not drinking them. Drinking wine, as in consuming it and hearing it swash around in your belly, is best done at home.