As published in the Prosser Record-Bulletin on February 10, 2016:
Wine Tasting Etiquette
By: April Reddout, Wine Program Manager, Walter Clore Center
Here at the Walter Clore Center, we happily host wine tasters from all over the world with different backgrounds and experience. We realize wine tasting can be a mystery to some, and we hope to share some tips and commonly asked questions with you, based on things we are asked by our guests.
Wine tasting is a great way to spend a day off or to entertain friends and family. Of course you want to have a great day, so we are offering the following suggestions of how to have the best possible experience in the tasting rooms you visit:
1. Expect to pay a tasting fee. No one goes into a store or restaurant expecting free things, and the mindset for wine tasting should be the same. Tasting rooms usually pour 1-ounce samples, and usually are pouring between four and six wines, and sometimes up to nine or ten. That adds up to a full glass of wine, so consider that $5 or $10 tasting fee a real bargain for the “glass of wine” you enjoyed while tasting.
2. Call ahead if you are part of a large group, 8 people or more. This is really appreciated, especially by smaller tasting rooms who might be running a small crew. Even an hour’s notice can make a big difference in the staff being able to provide your group a great experience.
3. Be confident about using the dump buckets. Every palate is different and you aren’t expected to love every wine sample you’re given. If you try a sip and don’t care for it, dump the rest out. It’s also perfectly acceptable to spit the sample into a dump bucket, or ask for a disposable spit cup for your own use. If you have a long day of tasting ahead of you, this is a smart way to pace your alcohol consumption.
4. Take the social temperature of the room. If the tasting room attendants are very busy with multiple groups of people, try and interact more with your own group and give the attendant flexibility on helping multiple people at once. (Translation: When there are 20 people at the bar and 3 attendants, don’t use that visit as the time to describe your 7 wonderful trips to France to the staff!)
5. Be aware of the closing time of the tasting rooms and plan accordingly. When a tasting room closes at 5:00, you will receive the most genuine welcome if you arrive no later 4:30. Some wineries even post what time the final pouring of the day begins and it’s appreciated when tasters respect that boundary.
We hope these are helpful tips for you and look forward to you visiting us at the Clore Center for more great wine experiences. To find out more about visiting the Clore Center and our programs, visit www.theclorecenter.org.
Each month the Clore Center sources and features wine around a specific theme. For the month of September, the tasting room will focus on “Back to School” wines, made by students in the Enology and Viticulture Programs at Yakima Valley Community College, Walla Walla Community College, South Seattle Community College, and Washington State University. Students in these programs are Washington’s future winemakers, learning the craft and producing excellent wines while they do. “We are very proud to feature the student-made wines,” says April Reddout, Wine Program Manager for the Clore Center. “Our guests are delighted when they realize the top-notch quality of these wines, paired with the very budget-friendly price points.” Visitors to the Clore Center will have the opportunity to taste these wines, for a $5 tasting fee, and the wines are also available for purchase. By purchasing these wines, you are supporting both the student programs and the […]
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Our recent Albariño tasting was a hit! We had a lively group of 27, who sniffed, swirled and tasted their way through six Washington Albariños. We had bottles from Barnard Griffin, Palencia, Idilico, Thurston Wolfe, NHV and Coyote Canyon. Our guest speaker was Mike Andrews, owner of Coyote Canyon, along with his winemaker, Justin Michaud, who spoke about the history of Albariño in Washington and about their wine specifically. Other industry folks in the house were from Thurston Wolfe and Bookwalter. Becky from TW was able to narrow down her wine to between two choices out of the six. Justin wasn’t so lucky and didn’t pick out his own wine, but was a great sport about it. We only share that in order to show that tasting wines blind is a whole different experience! Our next varietal for blind tasting is BARBERA and will be on July 2nd. ~April Reddout
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Our recent Albariño tasting was a hit! We had a lively group of 27, who sniffed, swirled and tasted their way through six Washington Albariños. We had bottles from Barnard Griffin, Palencia, Idilico, Thurston Wolfe, NHV and Coyote Canyon. Our guest speaker was Mike Andrews, owner of Coyote Canyon, along with his winemaker, Justin Michaud, who spoke about the history of Albariño in Washington and about their wine specifically. Other industry folks in the house were from Thurston Wolfe and Bookwalter. Becky from TW was able to narrow down her wine to between two choices out of the six. Justin wasn’t so lucky and didn’t pick out his own wine, but was a great sport about it. We only share that in order to show that tasting wines blind is a whole different experience! Our next varietal for blind tasting is BARBERA and will be on July 2nd.
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Join the celebration of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center’s one year anniversary! The anniversary celebration is set to take place on May 30th at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center at 2140 Wine Country Road in Prosser. Enjoy extended hours, live music from 4-7pm by the Kevin Selby Experiment, fresh fare and special glass pours, and event ticket giveaways! All weekend a special $1.00 tasting fee will be offered, so bring your friends for a fantastic weekend event. With support from private contributors and the Port of Benton, the Clore Center opened its doors to the public on May 31st, 2014 with a Grand Opening celebration. Please call 509-786-1000 for more information.
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Prosser, Washington — Raffle tickets are now on sale for a 2000 Harley-Davidson Millennium Edition FXSTD Softail Deuce. The raffle drawing will take place during a ‘Biker Rally’ themed party to be held at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Vineyard Pavilion on the evening of Friday, November 1, 2013. Raffle ticket purchasers need not be present to win. The beautiful 2000 Harley-Davidson FXSTD Softail Deuce is Vivid Black with only 1,800 original miles. Like all Softails that year, the 2000 Deuce carried Harley’s new Twin Cam 88B motor, the “B” signifying the added balance shafts that provide smoother operation. Some additional features of the bike are a ‘Quick-Release’ windshield and a set of leather saddle bags. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and only 300 will be sold. To purchase tickets, or to request technical information about the bike, please contact the Clore Center at 509-786-1000. Walter […]
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