Wine Tasting for Runners

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I’m going to Santa Barbara, CA to run the Wine Country Half Marathon. My objective is to enjoy a lot of wine while there.  

Wine tasting is definitely a casual event. Though it has a presumptuous reputation, there’s no reason to be intimidated. 

Here are a few of my rules for wine tasting whether in a winery or wine bar. 

  1. Be open minded
    • Try something new.
    • You didn’t travel to a winery or wine bar to drink the same old thing. Servers will give you a 5oz sample, so taste and explore. 
  2. Hold glasses by steams
    • Fingers can heat up the wine and effect the taste. Always hold a wine glass by the stem. 
  3. Don’t order house wine
    • I understand that house wine is the cheapest, however, if your budget allows, order from the menu and try something new. Most house wines are less expensive wines which are available every where, such as Sutter Home or Barefoot. Ask your server for recommendations. 
  4. Ask questions
    • In a wine bar a waiter or waitress will be knowledgeable to answer any questions you may have. If in a winery, especially small wineries, owners and wine makers are more than happy to discuss wine and the wine making process. This is their baby, they take great pride and care in creating their wine. Most are more than happy to talk about their wines. 
  5. Have fun
    • Wine tasting is fun, if you go to a winery or wine bar, have a good time, laugh, talk and relax. Wine tasting shouldn’t be taken too seriously. 

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