Top 10 Tips
Designate a driver who will not consume alcohol or hire a driver for the day.
- Don’t rush. Plan to visit no more than four to five wineries in a day.
- Don’t feel you have to drink every ounce that’s poured. It’s appropriate to spit out or dump a wine (there are buckets for just this purpose). Ontario law restricts you to four ounces per winery.
- Don’t taste wine on an empty stomach. Food helps to metabolize alcohol.
- Avoid wearing anything with a strong scent. Smell, the wine’s bouquet, is fundamental to enjoying the taste of wine. And don’t chew gum. It will affect the taste of the wine.
- While touring you’ll get to taste wines that are available only at the winery. When you find one you like, buy several bottles. Bring a cooler or, better yet, have the wine shipped to your home.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know the difference between Pinot Noir and Merlot, just ask! Winemakers are only too happy to explain.
- Bring a pocket notebook to record wines you enjoyed.
- Stop the car! Take the time to enjoy other places of interest that catch your eye.
- Have fun!