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Tips For Going Wine Tasting For The First Time

Whether you’re looking for a romantic activity to do with your other half, a fun thing to do with friends, or to expand your knowledge on wine, wine tasting is a brilliant way to do this.

When at a tasting you can enjoy trying new, different types of wines, learn more about the science and process behind it and also create memories with those you’re doing the wine tasting with. There are so many different places around the world where you can do wine tasting, you can choose something close to home, or something abroad such as a wine tasting tour in San Miniato – Degustandando.

You could make a whole day of it or even a trip! In this article we give some top tips for going wine tasting for the first time and what to expect.

Woman wine tasting

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Go in with an open mind

It might be that you’re someone that only drinks red or hates rose. If this is the case, don’t go into wine tasting with that mindset, it could be that you’ve just not had the right one yet. Instead, be open to trying all the different wines that are on offer.

You might be surprised and find your favourite is one you would have discounted completely in the past! Every wine is different, so you can really explore what flavours you like.

Find the right winery or vineyard for you 

There are so many wineries and vineyards out there which invite people in to try their wine. When finding a tasting, look for somewhere that suits your needs. Do you want somewhere large and sprawling with tours? Or something a little more intimate? Is there a budget you want to stick to? And do you want food included? These are all things you want to consider before you go ahead and book your tasting as they can really make a difference to your experience.

Make sure you eat something

When tasting wine, it can be easy for it to get to your head! Wine tasting tends to be done during the day time so you’re going to want to be able to function properly after and if you drink lots of wine without food it might make that more of a challenge!

You can ask the winery if they offer any food such as charcuterie, but if not, line your stomach beforehand. Don’t opt for anything too heavy or flavoursome as this can impact your taste buds when tasting the wine, but something like a sandwich or cheese and bread will be perfect.

These are just a few top tips that should help you get the most from your wine tasting experience. Whether you’re someone that loves wine and wants to learn more, or if you’re a novice looking to dip your toe in the water. Be sure to go in with an open mind, enjoy the experience and take notes. What are some top tips you have for wine tasting for the first time? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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