Wine Tasting Etiquette

Designated drivers
Its always a good idea to plan ahead and have a designated driver.  Remember there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
If you are visiting the area and are unsure about driving, Wine Tour Operators are a fantastic option.

Peak Season and Crowds
Be patient when entering a crowded tasting room. The staff will do their best to serve you as soon as they can.

Identification
Winery staff reserves the right to verify you are of proper drinking age – Two pieces of ID are required in BC to verify age.
Primary ID must: be issued by a government agency (Canadian or other) and include the person’s name, birth date and picture.
Secondary ID must: include an imprint of the person’s name and include the person’s signature and/or picture

Attire
Wear what is comfortable. Casual, but tasteful style in the tasting rooms is a sign of respect for wineries.
Layering your outfit or bringing a jacket for the car is a smart way to make sure you’re never too hot or cold.

Tasting with Children
The tasting room is an adult experience that takes place on working farms, near active processing facilities and busy parking lots.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For the enjoyment of all other guests, please ensure your children behave appropriately.

Avoid Fragrances
Keep your fragrances to a minimum when wine touring.
Perfume or cologne—even heavily scented skin or hair products—can interfere with the aromas of the wine, making it difficult for you, and those around you, to fully appreciate what you’re sampling.

Tasting Fees

Be prepared to pay for the tasting. Tasting Fees range from $3-$5 per person and usually include a sampling of 5 wines.
Wineries waive or refund the tasting fee if you decide to purchase wine at the end of your tasting.

Tasting Wines

Be open-minded – drop all your pre-conceived preferences.
Tasting is the perfect opportunity to try different varietals and styles of wine, without the commitment to purchase.
Taste the wines in order of strength (sparkling to white to red to dessert), sweetness (dry to sweet) and age (young to old).

Food 

Its always a good idea to eat prior to the start of your wine tasting.
Bring Water with you – its a good idea to stay hydrated.
Visiting multiple wineries?  Make it a day, and pack a picnic or plan to stop for lunch at one of the wineries.

Pouring Out / Spitting
The point of a tasting is to sample the wine, and this can be done with just an ounce or two.
Moderate your consumption if visiting several wineries – its okay to pour out the Tasting samples after you have had a adequate taste of the wine.
Spitting – it’s always acceptable when tasting wines! If you plan to sample a large number of wines on your tour, it’s best to spit (into communal or personal spittoons) after you’ve sipped each one.
Remember, its OK to leave what’s left in the glass and move on if you’d like. Wineries expect this, and you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

Tipping
This is 100% completely up to you – It is always appreciated but absolutely not required!
Tasting room staff are there to provide you with an exceptional Tasting Experience, and tipping is not expected.

Purchasing wines
Purchasing wines you’ve enjoyed is a great way to keep the memory going once you’re back at home.
If you enjoyed what you tasted, taking home bottles is the ultimate compliment to the Vintner!
Ask about Case discounts – most wineries offer discounts for multiple bottle sales.