California Wine Tasting Tour Tips
Once the land of gold seekers and adventurers, California came to be known as one of the major wine producers in the world. While the more traditional wine experts would say that French wines have no real competitor, Californian wines enjoy a great popularity among the average wine consumers. The wine and wineries in California represent far more than a product: they are a major attraction in this sunny state, and people would travel for thousands of miles just to have the chance to taste Californian wines from the source. Wine tasting in California has become almost an industry, which is why so many people decide to book wine country tours. And since it’s October and therefore crop season in California’s Wine county, I figured you could use few California wine tasting tour tips:
Wine tasting – Where and when
You can decide to book a wine tour at practically any time of the year. The wines you will be tasting usually belong t previous year crops, so it doesn’t matter if it’s autumn or spring – just the landscape will vary. As for what are the best places to visit, this pretty much depends on your interest in wines. For example, the white and fragrant Chardonnay, one of the finest varieties of wine produced in California, can be tasted in Napa and Sonoma valleys, close to San Francisco. The Sierra Foothills are famous for their Syrah, while in the region of Santa Barbara you might encounter some really good Sauvignon Blanc.
Basic wine tasting tips
No need to say this, the most comfortable way to travel through California wineries is by booking a tour (you’ll have a guide and you won’t have to worry about driving). However, one important thing you have to remember is that many wineries will charge you for tasting wines, so make sure you have enough cash with you (not all of them allow you to use your credit card).
Food is also part of the wine tasting experience, so you might want to have a serious breakfast before the start of your tour (this reduces the risk of getting drunk after two sips). It’s also important to know your limits: if you like a certain wine very much, you can just buy it: don’t exaggerate with wine tasting, otherwise this pleasure journey will become a nightmare. As you progress into the art of wine tasting, you’ll discover that you’ll be able to identify all kinds of particularities: acidity, aroma, texture. For a first wine tasting session, remember to look at the wine color, its fragrance and, most important, try to keep it a little into your mouth before swallowing it: this will allow your gustatory papillae to identify all the nuances.