Ben Tex wrote:I'm curious if others have similar experiences, both good and bad?
Peter May wrote:The fact that a visitor doesn't buy even one bottle at the winery is neither here nor there.
Ben Tex wrote:I just returned home to Texas from a business trip to northern California. I went out a day early to spend in Napa Valley. It had been a while since I'd made the trip, and it brought back a lot of memories. One especially is how, when doing tastings at various wineries, the "pourer" can make or break the experience. Sadly, this message is often brought home through a negative experience. I went to one "boutique" winery on the Silverado trail, and was disappointed to see how un-welcoming the pourer was, how she made all who were there feel rushed, as if we were intrusions on her time. To me, and I'm sure to many of you, wine is about the experience. I know that had I purchased any, drinking it later would only have brought back the negative feelings. I wonder if wineries realize this, and monitor who they put in those positions. Fortunately, the good experiences outweighed the bad, and the day was a success. I'm curious if others have similar experiences, both good and bad?
Rahsaan wrote:For what it's worth, I much prefer situations where I've made an appointment and have signaled my interest in more than just consuming alcohol well before I arrive. Have been to a few places in CA where you just show up and drink and it's rarely been very rewarding.
Mark Willstatter wrote:But I think you misunderstand the purpose of many, probably most, tasting rooms.Peter May wrote:The fact that a visitor doesn't buy even one bottle at the winery is neither here nor there.
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