What To Expect On Your First Wine Tour

Posted on September 6, 2014 by 104 Wine Bar

Have you ever been on a wine tour before? Most don’t consider wine tours as a form of relaxation and entertainment, yet they are so exciting and educational!

Wine tours are a form of chartered transportation throughout several various wineries and vineyards – typically found in Northern California’s beautiful wine country (Napa and Sonoma Counties). The appeal of these tours is found in the ease of planning and partaking in one. There’s absolutely no planning involved, except for dates and times and people involved. Additionally, these tours appeal to wine aficionados and beginners alike!

Uvation Wine Tours of Napa Valley, California provided us some insider information how to plan your next wine tour.

1. Time of Year. While wine tours happen throughout the year, Uvation informed us the best time to go is either Spring or Fall – ideally in Fall. When touring, you don’t want to endure 90 and 100+ degree heat; you want to feel relaxed and comfortable. Likewise, during these seasons, the colors of nature are so much more vibrant. In Spring you get crisp greens and yellows of nature blooming. In Fall, you get rich reds and yellows and golden hues of the sun.

2. People in Party. If you’re in a large group of friends and family, you’ll certainly want to schedule a private wine tour to accommodate your specific requests, such as any wineries you’d specifically like to visit. During a private touring session throughout the wine country, you’ll also need a specific date that only a private tour could accommodate. This is compared to a public tour – if you’re touring alone or with a friend or two, a public wine tour will likely be a lot cheaper. The only difference is, public tours are more geared to the beginner who does not know what wineries to visit – the schedule will be entirely planned by the wine tour company. Read more about daily group wine tours.

3. Your Custom Requests. You may make many custom requests for your trip when planning a private wine tour. You can select where to go, what wineries to visit, and what vehicle to take – limousine, party bus, charter bus, sedan, SUV, etc. During private tours, Uvation Wine Tours told us that they (and some other professional wine tour companies) offer custom itinerary planning services. They’ll help you plan your trip if you have any questions or would like their professional assistance.

We hope this has helped you get the idea what a wine tour is really about. It’s not just about the wine; it’s about the signs, sounds, friends, family, adventure. And wine, of course, helps this process become a lot more enjoyable.

Introduction to Wine Tasting

Posted on July 8, 2014 by 104 Wine Bar

Tasting costs at wine makers may be pricey. Many wineries in the Napa Area are charging between ten and forty dollars for trying wine at their vineyards. How do you save yourself money and still take part in wine-tasting in Napa and the rest of California’s wine country?

Before you depart, perform an internet search for “free wine-tasting coupons”. You’ll discover various vouchers you can print in the home before you depart. Some vouchers let you taste wine at selected vineyards at no cost, although some are 2 for the cost of just one.

If your wine-tasting excursion includes an over night stay, the resort may frequently offer you vouchers for free wine-tasting. Make sure you always check into the resort before seeing the nearby vineyards to benefit from the economies.

Most wineries allow you to use the winetasting costs toward the purchase of any wine you buy. Make the most of the savings by purchasing a few bottles. It is also possible to cut costs by discussing the taste profile with the vintner. It is a standard exercise which is approved by the tasting area clerks, some times they may give you personal discounts – but don’t expect this kind gesture of hospitality everywhere.

There are a number of wine makers that can allow you sample their wines at no cost. The truth is, a few of the lesser-known wine areas might have quite few, if any, wine makers that bill for taste. The majority are little family-owned vineyards where you’ll find pleasant, un-crowded sampling areas and new wines. See Calaveras County, Livermore, Lodi, Calaveras County, Amador County, Nevada Region and the El Dorado area to find some of California’s emerging wine areas.