Author: Sue Straight
Don’t mean to sound like your Mom, but common courtesy will get you far. This applies to all aspects of life and tasting room experiences are no different. The people pouring wine behind the tasting bar are, well, people, and most people respond to good behavior. Here are a couple of ideas to make your tasting room host or hostess happy, thus getting you better service and a better tasting experience.
1. I know it may sound jaded, but saying “please” and “thank you” really goes a long way. After 30 plus years of working behind the tasting bar, I still light up when someone says “please or “thank you”.
2. If the bar is crowded, get your taste and step aside so the people behind or next to you may be served. A good tasting room server wants to see everyone served and sometimes that takes the cooperation of all the guests.
3. Be patient. If the bar is crowded, we will get to you. Shoving your glass in your server’s face and demanding your next taste is rude.
4. Drink in moderation. If you arrive in a buzzed state, not only will we not pour for you, we will alert the other wineries in the neighborhood. The wine community is pretty tight-knit – we all talk to each other.
Sorry if I sound preachy here – you will have more fun in general if you follow the above guidelines. That’s why I’m here, to help you have more fun with your wine tasting adventures!