With our Tasting Room Opening this weekend, we thought it’d be a good time to launch our new Blog Series - Terrapin Tips for Winetasting. Holding fast to our belief that enjoying wine shouldn’t be some mysterious or stuffy experience for only the “knowing” few, we thought we’d share some tips we’ve gathered over the years to bring it down to earth.
Today, we’ll provide an overview of visiting a winery and the tasting experience. We’ll share tips that apply whether visiting our winery or some fancy-schmancy winery in Napa Valley. Some of this may seem like common sense, but hopefully some of what we share will light up the “I wish I’d thought of that” button. In future posts, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what to look for and how to evaluate and experience the different aspects of wine.
Visiting the Winery
Before you come, be sure to check the winery’s hours of operations and policies. Visit the winery’s webpage and get good directions. Choose a designated driver: you’ll often taste and drink more than you planned.
Pack a lunch or a picnic. Many wineries, especially in Maryland, are limited by licensing regulations in their ability to serve food. However, most - including ours - provide picnic or cafe tables for visitors to linger after a tasting and enjoy a glass, bottle or box of wine with a picnic lunch. You may also want to throw a cooler with ice in your car - if you buy wine to take home, especially during the summer - you don’t want it sitting in a hot trunk all day.