The Finger Lakes region of New York is home to award winning wines. Over the weekend my family meet up with friends to travel along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to enjoy wine tasting at the many vineyards. While I am not a wine drinker, I did enjoy the ambience of each winery and the knowledgeable pourers who presented the wines.
Our first stop was at the Hermann J. Wiener Vineyard where a host brought us to an outdoor wine tasting station which was a small bar. A tasting of five wines costs from $2 to $3 depending on the winery. You select from a list provided of the wines you would like to taste. A pourer, a person who pours the wine, will pour out a few ounces of each wine. Pourers answer any questions about the vineyard’s wines and suggest related wines depending on reactions to the wines tasted. Many times you can get more than five tastings as pourers will add to the list. As tastings often end up in sales.
I learned about all the different kinds of wines and grapes they are made from. How different growing conditions will cause grapes and the wines made from them to taste differently. Even a distance of only ten miles can do so.
Each winery made sure you either go through their store or have the wine tasting in the store where they present their products and related gift items. A tried and true method which accounted for a few sales from our group. 🙂