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  1. Woman drinking glass of white wine

    Designate a driver who will not consume alcohol or hire a driver for the day.

  2. Don’t rush. Plan to visit no more than four to five wineries in a day.
  3. 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.
  4. Don’t taste wine on an empty stomach. Food helps to metabolize alcohol.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Bring a pocket notebook to record wines you enjoyed.
  9. Stop the car! Take the time to enjoy other places of interest that catch your eye.
  10. Have fun!