When you come to Sharrott Winery’s Tasting Room, we don’t expect you to know anything about our wines. Learning more about us and what we do is why you’re here! But there are a few unwritten rules of tasting that may be helpful to know. These tips work in any tasting room and will help make your wine tasting experience much more enjoyable.
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A good tasting takes time and should not be rushed. If you don’t like crowds, you may want to visit on a weekday when the winery is generally less busy. Sometimes the winery will allow you to make a reservation, especially if you are bringing a large group. This insures that we have enough staff on hand to meet your needs and that you have a good time!
You don’t need to rinse your glass with water between every wine. Water will dilute your next taste much more than the little drop of wine left in your glass. Generally, we recommend that tasters rinse if they are moving from a red wine to a white wine.
Heavy perfumes or lotions really overwhelm the senses and can adversely affect a tasting. You won’t fully appreciate the wine, nor will the people standing close to you.
Sniff, Swirl, and Sip
When you taste a wine, make sure you sniff, swirl, and sip. The aroma of a wine plays a large part in how it tastes, and swirling releases the aromas as you sip the wine. If you do this, others around you will think you’re a wine-tasting pro!
Likes and Dislikes
Feel free to compliment a wine that you really like, but please refrain from trashing a wine that doesn’t suit you. Just quietly dump it out and move on. Someone next to you might really like that wine, and we don’t like fights at the bar!
Wine tastings are wonderful, social events that bring together a wide variety of people with a wide variety of tastes. It’s fun to bond with complete strangers over the sweet nectar of the grape!