The Good, the Bad & The Wine Tasting Room
Visiting a tasting room is an excellent way to experience the diverse selection of a winery’s wines in a relaxed, fun, and social environment—albeit a foreign territory for those of us who live outside of wine country.
Insiders have shared some “do’s” and “don’ts:
- Do try a wine you don’t think you might like – this is what tastings are for
- Do refrain from openly criticizing wines; wine tasting is subjective (to a degree)
- Do ask for seconds if you are seriously considering buying the wine
- Do moderate your intake – spit if you are visiting quite a few tasting rooms
- Don’t wear perfume or cologne – 80% of our sense of taste is experienced through our noses; be considerate with wearing as little scent as possible
- Don’t ask for “in the industry” discounts
- Don’t ask for the “good stuff” – it implies you are not being served any good wines; do inquire about reserve wines or library wines
- Don’t haggle on the price; it’s not a car dealership
The Orange County Wine Society supports all California winemakers and principals. Each year during the OC Fair, we proudly introduce award-wining wines as well as feature all wines from the Commercial Wine Competition for tasting by the general public at The Courtyard.
Membership in the OCWS does not include representing oneself as “industry” or an “industry winemaker.” The OCWS is a non-profit brand and we have established trust with many external audiences in the wine industry. We have a clear mission and vision and are strategic in our marketing and branding initiatives. Every member visiting a California winery should introduce themselves as an Orange County Wine Society member—be a proud marketer for the OCWS.
– The OCWS Board of Directors