What Happens on A Vino 301 Wine Tour
So you booked a wine tour, what is next? After the initial excitement subsides, you may have questions about what to expect on the tour. We put together some tips and information about going on a wine tour for you. Regardless if this is first time taking a wine tour or visiting Maryland vineyards, hopefully these tips are helpful to assist you to prepare for your wine tour.
Expect to have fun
You are with family, friends, and possibly new friends, who expect to have a good time on your tour. Our tour guides, also known as Tour Ambassadors, expect you to have a good time too. We believe in meeting or exceeding your expectations, so expect to have a good time.
Tasting fees are included
The tasting fees are what the vineyards and wineries charges to try the wines. At least six types of wines are included in the tasting flights. The tasting room staff will pour between one and two ounce of wine for each wine. Your Vino 301 registration will always include your tasting fees. You do not have to pay for this during your tour. The only costs you will have on the tour is when you purchase a glass of wine or a bottle of wine.
Receive a souvenir wine glass
You will receive a souvenir wine glass from us as a small gesture of gratitude. You can use the glass during your trip if you bring beverages for the drive. The vineyards and wineries provide tasting glasses, so you do not have to bring your Vino 301 glass in the tasting room.
In addition to your Vino 301 glass, you may receive a souvenir glass with your wine tasting. Your Tour Ambassador will inform you if the wine glass is included with the tasting. You can purchase the winery’s glass if it is not a part of the tasting.
Water, water, and more water…stay hydrated
Dehydration is the number one reason why you get a hangover. To help to avoid this, we provide bottle water during the tour. Our Tour Ambassadors will encourage you to drink water during the tour. You should try to drink water for every glass of wine you have.
Snacks for the ride
Chips, popcorn, pretzels, and all sorts of snacks are available to you to munch on during your trip. We invite you to enjoy them. However, it does not make a meal. The tours are between five and six hours long. It is a long day of great wine tasting. It is an even longer day of great wine tasting on an empty stomach. You are welcomed to bring your own picnic lunch or purchase lunch from us. We offer lunch options or cheese plates.
A few vineyards prohibit outside food. In many cases, those vineyards have food to purchase. We can inform you which vineyards have food restrictions.
Keep it causal, dress for the setting
Vineyards are beautiful and romantic. They are also working farms. Expect unpaved roads, fields, rocks, gravel and dirt. Your wine tasting will take place indoors or in a covered pavilion. However, the vineyard tour will occur outside. Wear clothing you do not mind a little dirt or mud getting on it.
Touring the vineyard
Not all vineyards and wineries offer a vineyard tour. Vino 301 wine tours are organized to include at least one vineyard tour among the 2 or 3 venues you will visit. We try to make sure you are able to take a tour if it is available. Depending upon how many vineyards you are scheduled to visit, there may not be time in the schedule to conduct the vineyard tour. Your Tour Ambassador will advise you if a vineyard tour is not included.
Details, details… Your confirmation states the pick up time, location and vineyards
You will receive a second email confirmation the day before your tour. Your confirmation states your Tour Ambassador’s name, pick up location and the places you are visiting.
Taxes and gratuity
It is not mandatory but welcomed to tip the tasting room servers. They do accept tips. Your tour does not include taxes. Your tour does include a gratuity for the Tour Ambassador and driver. You pay the gratuity when you register for your tour.
Now you are ready to take a Vino 301 wine tour! For more tips, view this video. Leslie discusses taking a wine tour on WUSA9 Great Day Washington.
2017 Wine Festival Season
Maryland’s 7th annual Decanter Wine Festival was held at LaurelPark Race Course. Decanter is the first wine festival of the season, kicking off Maryland’s wine festival season. Decanter is like the first bud on the grapevine. It is a sign of good things are coming and more wine is around the corner. We are so excited wine festival season started, Vino 301 is hosting a sweepstakes. We are raffling off two tickets to the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival. Enter to win Win Two Tickets to National Harbor Wine & Food Festival
Wine festivals are fun activities. Some festivals have become annual events for friends to reunite. You’ll encounter people who go to Wine in the Woods (Columbia, MD) every year. They have their favorite place to setup their blanket and chair, their favorite vendors, and their favorite wines. They are in heaven. For others, this year is their the first chance to experience Maryland wine.
Regardless, if this is your first time or 20th time we offer some tips you should keep in mind when you during your festival adventures. In addition, we put together a calendar of wine festivals around the state below.
Everything I Did Not Know About Kosher Wines
Growing up I remember a bottle of Manischewitz on the refrigerator door. I was not quite sure what it was, but I knew I was not allowed to drink it. Later I learned that it was kosher wine and that became my knowledge of kosher wine. My understanding of kosher wine, unfortunately, had not evolved from childhood until now. A Glass After Work, author Alleigh, joined the Swirl Suite to discuss kosher wines.
It was one of the best shows Swirl Suite has had. Filled with laughter and so much education about Kosher wines. At the time, we taped the show I was not able to sample any wine. However, I loved the show so much I purchased a bottle of Tishbi wine after the show to try it for myself. Tishbi is produced by Tishbi Estate Winery in Zichron Yaakov, Isreal. The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Petit Syrah (30%) blend. Pepper and black currant is on the nose. It is not a lot of fruit flavors on the palate maybe hints of blackberries. I tasted more minerality, like granite. The body, finish and acidity was medium. I am not sure what I was expecting. Honestly, I would have never known it was a kosher wine when I tasted it. It is reasonably price at $15.99. I purchased my wine at a local wine store; however, Alleigh had suggestions as to where to find kosher wines.
The Mevushal method was used to produce Tishbi Cabernet Syrah. Mevushal is one of two methods used to designate a Kosher wine. You can locate the kosher method on the wine label on the back of the bottle. Alleigh discussed both methods in the video blog. Just to give you a preview Mevushal is when kosher wine is “cooked” or “boiled” during the winemaking process. It may alter the flavor of the wine. Mevushal keeps the wine kosher. This allows non-Jews to handle the wine. You will find Mevushal wine in kosher restaurants and served by kosher caterers.
Get a bottle of kosher wine or grab your favorite wine and watch the Swirl Suite’s latest episode. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks again Alleigh for your time and insight. Cheers! View Video Blog You can view more Swirl Suite episodes on YouTube.