Ok, I want to take a moment and address something that has bothered me a lot about doing a blog. I did not want to do this website until I could do it with interaction from my readers and to really make it more their site than mine. I wanted to do it so that I could encourage great customer service and experiences at wineries. I wanted to do it so that customers could have a venue to praise the great and to have a voice to change the bad. I also did it to give the industry the feedback that they really need to hear both the praise of wonderful staff but also the things that need to be fixed so that they can grow. I have been amazed at the wonderful industry support.
Welcome to Wine Tasting Room Reviews
If you are here its because you love wine and have a curiosity about everything relating to it. This site is different than most as it's not about the wine so much as it is about the Tasting room experience.
So how does one pick a winery to go to that provides a great tasting experience? That is the journey this blog is here to solve. It's a place to talk about the experience of the Tasting Room. We can share this experience with each other and learn together the huge amount of information about the wonderful (and not so wonderful) wineries that are opening every day.
After you have visited a tasting room, please leave your comments and rating here.
I started this site with very high ideas and set goals as to what I wanted to do. One of my goals was to get the information for the wineries up and ready to be reviewed quickly. I did start off quickly and got three states up but then I started working on Oregon. I have to say that I was sure that I would be able to hit my goals and do what I wanted to do. But I have to say that a lot of websites make it difficult to find even the simplest of information. I had found a few in Washington that had required several searches to find all the information I wanted for my site. But in the Oregon data base I encountered my first stumbling blocks. I was amazed at how hard it was to find out even basic information about wineries in Oregon.
Ok I know I am not going to make friends in the wine bus tour industry with this one but it is something I feel very passionately about and feel it needs to be addressed. I have spoken to several wineries and wine customers about this and they all seem to feel the same, and it is not good! I know we all advocate that wine taster be responsible and have a designated driver if going out for a day. But to be honest most of us in the wine industry groan when we see a bus pull up. Though in defense of some of my friends in the tour industry it is the bad ones that make it hard for the good ones. Some of my friends get the idea that tasting rooms are not set up in most areas for 30 to 45 people to hit the door with no notice and still have the wonderful experience that we want all our customers to have. They are responsible and call a head and work with us to make it a great experience on both sides. That said here is my article.
Today I was thrilled to see a post by one of my favorite wine bloggers on Facebook (Sip of Spokane) with a video attached of my favorite scene from one of my favorite movies. I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie “French Kiss” but if you have not at least watch this clip. When this movie came out it raised the dream for millions to be come winemakers but for me it validated what I had always thought. As Sip pointed out the line “Wine is like people. The wine takes all the influences in life all around it, it absorbs them and it gets its personality." French Kiss (1995) We are all different and we embrace that just as there is as much diversity in the wines we love. They can be the same varietal and yet taste totally different depending on the soil,sun,rain.temperatures and the winemaker. Viva Differences!!
For some, the mere idea of hosting a blind wine tasting party at home can be a nightmare. They start thinking about what to serve and they don’t know that much about wine and lose sight of the fact that it is Only a party.
Webster defines Party as a social gathering. So if it is about being social and tasting wine, how can it be that hard? We tend sometimes to over think the whole idea. There are kits made for it and they can make it seem complicated and confusing. But one thing to remember – it is your party and you don’t have to cry if you don’t want to. Follow some simple steps and it will all be fun and simple.
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Ahhh ….the grass is green not grey or white, the birds are tweeting and busily building their nest and my inbox is filled with notices from my favorite wineries. The season is here for the wonders of the new vintage and the joys of special deals and discounts. But for a seasoned wino like me the thoughts tend to go to the packed parking lots, rowdy drunken crowds on buses and worn-out wineries staff just trying to cope. Not to say I do not have some fantastic memories from Spring Barrel tasting. But that seem to be before the idea was discovered by the huge crowds and bus tours. Does that mean I will not go to the ones that I am not working at?
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Even though many just assume that wine tasting is sipping, swishing, and swallowing – many are amazed to find that it’s actually a bit more. Wine tasting is more of an art, an art that is used to distinguish the taste of fine wines. Wine can be a tasty and refreshing drink – if the bottle was stored correctly and aged properly.
Maybe you’ve noticed screwcaps on more of the higher priced wines lately. The trend is continuing to grow and so is the debate of whether a screwcap or cork is better for wine. The industry has basically “agreed to disagree” as to whether wine bottled with a screwcap or a cork tastes better, ages better and has less of a tendency to spoil.
Detecting Fake Wine Vintages
SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2010 — Two decades of atomic bomb testing in the atmosphere are yielding an unexpected bonus for consumers, scientists reported here today at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It’s a new test to determine whether that Bordeaux or burgundy is from a fine vintage year and commands premium price or actually is a counterfeit vin ordinaire or cheap plonk worth much less.
For many of us wine is something of a mystery and when we are buying wine it comes down to a simple choice between red and white and what our local supermarket has available in its "special offer" bin. The information we know is what friends have told us or what we read on the back of the bottle. Some are into the wine books and magazines, but I have come to the conclusion that a lot of those are being paid to say nice things But wine really isn’t such a mystery at all and, in this area at least, a little knowledge can get you a very long way.