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Wine Tour In Virginia? Your Questions Answered

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A wine tour is an amazing experience when planned and executed well. A Virginia wine tour can be especially exciting since Virginia is rich with vineyards that have drawn worldwide attention. If it is your first time to plan for a wine tour, you probably have a lot of questions. This post was written with you in mind. We hope that by the time you finish reading through it, you’ll be in a better to position to plan that great wine tour. When is the Best Time To Go On a Wine Tour? Generally speaking, the best months to visit the lush vineyards in Virginia are April through October, depending on your availability. The following post explains this in detail: April is Virginia Vineyard Month No matter where you are in Virginia, there is a breathtaking winery just a short drive away.  April is the perfect time to get out and discover why Wine Enthusiast magazine named Virginia one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the world. The more time you take, the more you’ll discover ― every region, every vintage, every winery in Virginia is unique. The one constant is a warm welcome. Virginia wines are now recognized among the world’s best, and there are over 250 local wineries ready to show you why. Read more at Potomac Point Winery… April is just around the corner, so this would be the perfect time to start making the necessary arrangements for your first wine tour. What Should I Do (And Not Do) During a Wine Tour? As a first-timer, there are certain things you may want to be aware of so that you have a wine tour that’s memorable for all the right reasons. It helps to know the common blunders people make so you can avoid them. The following post will get you in the know: 10 Wine Tasting Tips for your Virginia Wine Tour Top ten recommendations for planning a successful Virginia Wine Tour 1. Don’t let the fancy jargon and spit bucket intimidate you when on your Virginia Wine Tour. Wine makers and for the most part anyone who works at a winery does so because they are passionate about wine. They love to talk about how wine is made, in particularly how their wine is made and the just about anything to do with the wine business. Read full post at Inn On Poplar Hill… Taking a heavy breakfast is essential before a wine tour. Although you only take in a little wine at a time, it can actually accumulate to a few glasses by the end of your tour. You do not want to become inebriated, or worse, embarrass yourself. Is There a “Correct” Way To Taste Wine? The truth is that wine tasting is an art. However, that shouldn’t make you think of it as a complicated activity. You just need the basics of how to do it, as explained in the following post: Wine Tasting Made Simple: A Traveler’s Guide to… Read More »Wine Tour In Virginia? Your Questions Answered

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How To Taste Wine Like A Professional

Going for a wine-tasting or a wine tour can be intimidating, especially if you have seen professional wine-tasters doing their thing. The good news, though, is that it takes much less than what television portrays to enjoy a wine-tasting. The rules you should follow to enjoy the experience are pretty straightforward. Read on below to learn some tips and tricks to make your next wine-tasting experience wonderful. Start with a clear wine glass. The rim of the glass should bend inwards to help funnel aromas to the nose, and allow you to swirl without spilling. Now pour a little wine into your glass. An inch or less is best. If you are tasting several wines, begin with the lightest… Read more at Outer Banks Vacations… You will taste a lot of wine, and each one should be tasted in a clean glass. If you are a novice, remember to keep the wine amounts as small as possible. Swirling a mouthful of water around your mouth to clean your mouth after each drink is a great tip too. Remember, if you are tasting a vast selection of wines, start with lighter tastes like roses and sparkling and move on to the reds last. As a rule, wine should be tasted from lightest to heaviest if you’re trying a few bottles, as heavy wine can overwhelm your palate. Start with sparkling wine, move onto lighter whites (Riesling, Pinot Grigio), then try heavier whites (like Chardonnay). Rose goes in the middle, followed by lighter reds (like Pinot Noir) before heavier reds (Shiraz or Cabernet), finishing up with any sweet fortified wines. Have water on hand to sip between tastes, and remember that wine rules are made to be broken. In fact, we’ll often taste wine the French way, with reds before whites. A sparkling or fresh white is a great way to reset the palate after some tannic reds – as is bread. Read more at Black Hearts and Sparrows… Heavy wines include red wines like Cabernet. This should be the last one you taste. Start with sparkling wines and whites, follow with a rose, and then finish with reds. However, remember you don’t always have to taste everything on the menu. Some areas only specialize in red wine making, so you might find yourself tasting a specific type of wine the entire time. When the wine is first poured into the glass, hold the tilted wine glass over a piece of white paper. This is to check for the age of the wine. If there is a transparent ring at the top, it is a young wine. If it is denser, it is a more mature wine. Our wine expert explained this to look like a fingernail. The wine is shaped like a fingernail when the glass is tilted and the lighter portion is the length of the nail. That is where you should look to see if the wine is young or old. Read more at The Planet D… Wine-tasting is… Read More »How To Taste Wine Like A Professional

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How To Make The Most Of Your Wine Tour

Wine tours are more than just wine-tasting experiences. A complete wine tour lets you experience the vineyards and learn about their history as you sample the best wines the vineyards have to offer. In addition, you want to have fun doing it. At Camryn, we have extensive experience in providing wine tasting experiences for wine lovers. We can proudly say that we’ve done our part to enhance the popularity of Virginia as a wine-tasting destination. Here are the top three things that wine enthusiasts do to ensure they enjoy wine tours to the maximum: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions The first stop of the day is usually a bit of a breaking-in period for many of our guests. We like to have fun and talk to you on the trip from your hotel or our office but it seems like the second you step into that first winery it’s suddenly real. The most important thing you can remember is that it’s all about the interaction, feel free to ask any question you might have and never be afraid to speak up. No matter how silly you think your question is, we’ve all probably been there and wondered that. Read more at Grape and Wine Tours… The more questions you ask, the more enriching your experience will be. Ask questions before and after. Ask about the history of the vineyard, the grapes used to make the wine, how long the vineyard has existed, and so on. These are the kinds of questions vineyard owners and workers like to answer. Everyone loves to speak about the things they are passionate about. Use Every Sense to Savor the Wine Wine is a sensory experience that engages all of your senses – yes, even hearing! Observe the wine before you taste. Make note of the color, the clarity, and the viscosity in the glass. Next, nose the wine (smell it). Interestingly enough, most wines don’t taste like they smell, but see if there are any aromas in there that you recognize … flowers? Spices? Animal? Mineral? Earth? Anything’s possible. Read more at Traynor Vineyard… If you want to do things like a pro, then follow these handy tips. Everything from how the wine tastes on your tongue versus the sensation it gives at the back of your throat tells you the type of wine, its acidic composition, and alcohol content. Timing Is Everything In high season after noon, tasting rooms can get packed. Staff won’t have time to discuss the wines with you. Plan your day so you are at a winery with good picnic/dining facilities at lunchtime. Obviously, it is best to visit during the off-season or midweek. Crush time, late August to mid-October, is busy and buzzing, so don’t expect to see the winemaker for more than a few frantic moments! Read more at Readers Digest… It is important to go early in the day for a wine-tasting if you can. By the evening or afternoon, vineyard employees have been answering… Read More »How To Make The Most Of Your Wine Tour

Have A Wonderful Wine Tour Experience

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Wine tours ARE primarily supposed to be a wonderful experience, except of course on rare occasions when things go out of control. Can you recall the time you had your first wine tour? Well, more often than not, first-timers may not get the most fun out of this experience. There are many things that get better as we keep experiencing them, and wine tasting is no exception. In fact, the more experienced you get in wine tasting, the more enjoyable it can become. They say first-hand experience is the best teacher. The second best? Well, let’s settle for experts’ advise. If you’re new to this whole wine tour thing, it is important to take note of some dos and don’ts, so skip those common mistakes and go straight to the fun part of wine tasting event. Take it from The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, both  are full-time wine columnists since 2000. In one of their writing, they spilled 15 Steps To A Successful Winery Visit, specifying some important things to remember like: “1. Get an empty box for wine. 2. Hire a car or have a designated driver. 3. Take the kids, but, if you do, find something for them to do. 4. Go early, especially on weekends. 5. Focus on the smaller places. 6. Be polite. 7. Try new, unfamiliar things. 8. Have an answer to the question, “What kind of wine do you like?” 9. Ask where the grapes were grown. 10. Ask questions. 11. Remember that it’s a tasting room, not a bar. 12. Be careful how much you buy. 13. Keep wines out of the hot car. 14. Ask wineries how to ship your wine back. 15. Finally, keep this in mind: The wines you bought at the winery will not taste as good at home as they did at the winery. We’re sorry to end this list with a downer, but it’s true. When you’re there, surrounded by the wondrous sights and smells of a winery, with the winemaker across the bar, pouring wine in pristine condition that has never traveled, the wine tastes special. You simply can’t replicate those conditions at home. But this is exactly why you should go taste wine at a winery this week.” Somewhat the ending note is an important emphasis, but the rest of the tips are as equally important to remember, so take it from the well-experienced individuals. Another source gives useful tips on proper etiquette when it comes to wine tasting events. “If you’ve never been to a wine tasting, be aware that a few matters of etiquette apply at most tastings. Familiarizing yourself with this etiquette will help you feel more comfortable. Otherwise, you’re likely to be appalled by what you see or hear. Why are those people behaving like that?!” Several things could go wrong in a wine tour. But when it comes to choosing your vehicle for transporting from one winery to another, you can never go wrong with hiring a chauffeur to drive you in a limo.… Read More »Have A Wonderful Wine Tour Experience