We recommend that you dress comfortably, with comfortable shoes, as you may be walking in wine production facilities with wet floors. Or you may find yourself in vineyards with uneven or rocky soil. A light jacket, sweater, or long-sleeved top may be useful, as wine production areas and cellars are kept cool.
Please do not wear perfume or scents while wine touring. Because smell is such an important factor in wine tasting, applied fragrances will interfere with your ability to fully appreciate the wines.
Col Solare Red Mountain tasting room
Mints or chewing gum are also not recommended. They have an undesirable impact on how wine tastes.
You will be given “tastes” of wine, not full glasses, usually an ounce or two of each one. It doesn’t seem like much at first, but over the tour, it adds up to several glass pours. Remember, you do not have to drink all that is provided. Consider pouring any excess into the container (known as a dump bucket) provided in the tasting area, for that very purpose. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the winemaker’s feelings.
Many guests opt to share a single tasting. You could also forego tasting a particular wine, if you know it’s not a type you favor – or just if your palate is tired. Do remember though, that wine is not a beverage manufactured by formula or recipe. One winemaker’s Chardonnay or Syrah can be completely different from another, and you may find a new favorite.
There will bottled water on your tour vehicle. We strongly recommend that you hydrate with as much as 8 oz. of water between tasting stops. This will refresh your palate and taste buds, and will make your tummy happy.
You might bring a note pad or your cell phone to record tasting notes and pictures of the labels. It helps to notate your impression of each wine as you taste it. After tasting twenty or so wines during your Bon Vivant tour, you may not remember exactly which Riesling or Cabernet was the one you really liked. Later, these tasting notes can be a useful reference when purchasing wine at a wine store, ordering wine on-line, or picking a bottle from your own wine cellar.
You are not obligated to make wine purchases during your tour. Still, bottles of wine purchased on tour are a great way to recall your Bon Vivant Wine Tour experience and to share it with friends at home. Conveniently, many wineries will waive part or all of the tasting fee, when wine is purchased. Should you find a particular wine that you like, we recommend that you purchase it at the winery. Remember, many of the boutique wineries have such low production, they cannot make their wines broadly available. There is a storage section in all of our vehicles for your wine purchases, and we can help you get shipping boxes, if needed. One more thing, Alaska Airlines has a “Wine Flies Free” program, check their website for details.