Updated: Mar 28
Spring has sprung, and that means winery seasons has officially launched in Windsor-Essex! If you've never gone for a wine tasting experience or maybe you've had one on your bucket list for a while - we think this is the year to give it a try! (We've been cooped up long enough right?) Aside from trying some of the best award-winning wines in our region, we've created a list of reasons you need to book a tasting! It can be fun to do this kind of thing on a whim with a group of friends, but a tasting reservation will be the ultimate experience.
Wine tastings are an unmatched, immersive experience that gives you the most bang for your buck, keep reading!
1. Learn the ins-and-outs of everything wine
If you book ahead of time for a tasting reservation, you'll get a very different winery experience than just popping in for a glass or even an impromptu tasting. If you're interested in more of an immersive experience, including the background of each wine, how they are produced, the grape variety, and many more interesting facts, you would definitely enjoy a tasting!
2. Get an intimate look at the history of the winery
What's great about a guided wine tasting experience is that you can learn a lot from someone passionate about what they do and the wine they serve! Historical knowledge of the vineyard and region are just as important as the wines they serve, and the tasting staff are well versed in both! We recommend coming curious and ready for great conversations with your serve!
3. Exclusive access to professional tasters
One of the many perks of booking a tasting in advance is having your choice of which master wine taster you want to lead your session!
Unfortunately, when groups show up to a winery unannounced for a tasting during peak seasons, they often can't provide this immersive experience. Instead, you'll be invited to order a tasting flight and try them on your own or wine by the glass.
You should also know that not all winery staff have the same knowledge to guide you through your tasting. Book in advance ensures that their knowledgeable tasters are there for your bar appointment.
Professionals can conduct more informative tastings. However, service staff are typically less well-versed in the viniculture or practices of the wine industry.
So if you're looking for the full experience, we recommend that you book!
4. Sometimes tastings include food pairings (who doesn't like an afternoon snack)
Some wineries charge tasting fees, but you get added benefit of food pairings with each pour! Book in advance ensures that the winery has adequate time to prepare your food and the presentation before your arrival. Wine is more than just an alcoholic beverage; it's an experience!
5. You just might find your new favourite wine
Have you ever visited a winery and thought to yourself, "I recognize this one.... I'll just get this"? If you're not well versed in the area of wine or if you would like to expand your pallet, a wine tasting expert can help you narrow down which varieties are best for your tastes and expose you to new varieties!
That being said, if you know what you like, they'll be able to guide you in making the most of your wine tasting experience for your tastes!
6. You're treated like VIP!
Spring and Summer are synonyms for patio season! That means wineries are the place of choice to kick back and relax for an afternoon or a fun weekend with friends! Making a reservation (for anything, including a tasting) is ideal to guarantee your spot! Even if it is last minute, ensure
to call ahead to make sure wineries can accommodate you during the day!
7. You get to choose from the "Exclusive Varieties."
Some menus vary for tasting flights and glass service. Tasting flights can be regulated, so your choices are limited to what the winery has pre-selected for you. Typically, they are curated by the winery, and wine by the glass service can also be limited to the "winery basics" such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, a rose, etc. A tasting appointment gives you access to that exclusive wine list (if they have one) that is typically left off the main menu. Want to be among the first to taste upcoming wines and new releases? This is how you get the VIP treatment.