Tasting wines all over the world is a one of the great pleasures of travel.
There has been plenty written on wine tasting. Here are some wine tasting tips for solo travelers.
Wine tasting tips for solo travelers:
- Before leaving home, practice spitting. Yup, as a solo traveler you don't want to be get too tipsy on the wine so the spitting part (something I don't do if I'm not solo) is very important.
- Choose an organized tour so that you don't have to drive.
- Eat before you go. Wineries are not known for great food with their tastings. In my experience, most have none.
- OR, bring a picnic lunch with you. Many wineries are happy to let you buy a bottle of their wine so that you can dine among the vines.
- Identify someone in the group who appears to have knowledge and hang with them to get more from the tour.
- Buy a bottle of the best wine you taste that day to take home, share with friends and relive the experience.
- Ask if they have special packaging to help get your wine home safely.
Last September I was in Orlando and discovered The Wine Room, a bar that sells wine by the ounce. You simply get a special credit card, load it with however much money you want and then slide it in the slot to purchase your wine from the Enomatic dispensing system. Imagine there is a fine Italian wine you've been wanting to taste but it's extremely expensive. This is where this system really shines. You can taste an ounce of that wine for just a few dollars.
Whether you're tasting wine at a vineyard or a wine bar, enjoy!