Top Ten Wine Tasting Tips for Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino

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1.)  Hire a wine tour driver in advance.

This will allow you to fully enjoy your day in wine country without risking your safety! Book with us at Windsor Wine Tours. We provide wine tours in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino County.

It’s important to make sure that select a wine tour company that is fully licensed and insured. If you are unsure you can look up TCP Lookup.

Windsor Wine Tours

2.)  Start your day off with a big breakfast.

It’s important to not skip breakfast. Whether you have a sit-down breakfast or grab something at a bakery, it’s important to eat something in the morning before going wine tasting.

Some wineries have started doing a wine and brunch option. Call or text us if you would like more information regarding this option or if you would like to add this to your itinerary.

3.)  Stay hydrated.

We provide bottled water and wineries provide water as well. Some people plan ahead and bring a water bottle. Either way, it’s important to stay hydrated when you are wine tasting.

4.)  Make reservations in advance.

Wineries often require reservations now in advance so you will want to book the wineries you want to go to advance. Many in Napa Valley are by appointment only. You can book reservations in advance by going to Explore Tock. You can often book from the wineries website as well and select the type of experience that you want to have. Booking ahead will ensure that you can experience all the wineries that you want to visit while in wine country.

Venge Winery in Calistoga

5.)  Plan lunch into your wine tour itinerary.

Some people plan a sit-down lunch while others prefer grabbing a sandwich for lunch. Either way, it’s important to plan lunch into your wine tour itinerary. Some wineries offer food and wine experiences if this is an option you would prefer as well.

Wine and food pairing in Healdsburg


6.)  Plan your route.

When you are selecting wineries to add to your wine tour itinerary, it’s important to think about where they are in proximity to each other and factor in the time it takes to get from one winery to another. This way you can spend most of your time sipping amazing wine with those you love instead of on the road between wineries. There are several websites that provide maps for free such as the following in: Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino.

Sonoma AVA Map found at

7.)  Plan 2 or 3 wine tastings in a day.

Most wineries open at 10am and close at 5pm. Some people choose to have one tasting in the morning and one in the afternoon with lunch in the middle and others choose to go to three different wineries with lunch in the middle.

8.)  Pace yourself.

It’s helpful to pace yourself and be able to really enjoy the wine and experience at each of the wineries that you visit. Most wineries will indicate how long each experience is expected to take on their website or on Explore Tock.

9.)  Take home your favorites.

If you enjoy the wine, consider taking home some of your favorite bottles at the wineries you visit. This way you will not only taste amazing wine, but have amazing bottles and great memories of your trip to wine country that you can cherish for years to come!

Thomas T Thomas Vineyards

10.) Above all, relax and have fun!

Whether you are looking to visit the most beautiful wineries, taste world-class wines, enjoy a wine cave experience, visit hidden gems off the beaten path, or have a more intimate wine tasting experience, we are here to help you custom-tailor your trip so that you have an unforgetable experience in wine country! Windsor Wine Tours

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