Support your regional wine area, even if you do not care for the white wines, the experience can be fun and you will be supporting a local business. Considering that red wine is made in every state now, a check out to”wine nation” does not require an airplane ticket. If you’re lucky sufficient to live near the vibrant white wine areas of Virginia, Maryland, the Texas Hill Country, Michigan’s Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas and, of course, New York’s Finger Lakes and Long Island, red wine nation is just an outing away. Don’t disregard urban wineries either: What they do not have in views they offset in vibe.
The pandemic has actually changed the winery experience considerably. More wineries are charging for tastings and needing consultations.(To be sure, the pandemic may have sped up, instead of triggered, this shift.) So a see to white wine nation– even the one near you– includes preparation and a spending plan. (Pro idea: Check the sites of regional winery associations for travel information in addition to lists of wineries and their hours.)
When you do go, attempt to break away from the touristy synthetic chateaux and Tuscan-style vanity wineries, and look for some mom-and-pops. Explore the Lompoc Wine Ghetto in an isolated commercial park in Santa Barbara County, or the newer (opened in 2021) Bacchus Landing in Sonoma County’s Healdsburg. In such places you can discover craftsmens without the glamour and glam, just an intense focus on the quality of their red wine.