It’s no secret that I love a good winery trip. I’ve been to over 100 wineries across the globe, so you could say I’m a bit of an experienced vineyard visitor.
Throughout the years, I’ve had a bunch of trial and error with my wine travels. Sometimes I wore the wrong thing. Other times, I’ve cooked my wine in a hot car and experienced my fair share of unfortunate red wine spills. Don’t get me wrong — wine tasting trips are fun, and it would take a lot to ruin your day truly. However, with a little preparation, you can set yourself up for success and have a flawless winery experience. Here’s what you should bring on your next wine tasting trip.
What To Bring On A Wine Tasting Trip
For Accidental Spills: A Tide To-Go Pen
A few months ago, I was wine tasting in Italy with some other wine professionals, and some Amaro was accidentally spilled on my dress. It was one of the few times where I forgot to bring my Tide To-Go Pen, but my fellow wine pros had me covered. Shout Wipes are also pretty good at getting stains out of your clothes as well.
To Keep Your Wine at an Ideal Temperature: The Yeti Cooler Bag
If you buy wine from a winery and leave it in a car during your other tastings or stops, it can get cooked. One solution is to bring your wine with you to each winery, but it’s a lot easier to keep a cooler bag in the car so that your wines won’t get too warm. I have the Yeti Cooler Bag and I love it, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option, L.L. Bean, RTIC, and L*Space all have chic cooler bags available.
To Keep Track of Your Fave Wines: A Wine Tasting Journal
One of my favorite wine tasting journals I have is Vinotes, which is founded by a WOC (my friend, Shontel!) The design is beautiful, and it offers a pretty straightforward way to take wine notes — no matter if you’re a beginner at wine, or a sommelier.
When All The Good Seats Are Taken: A Waterproof Outdoor Blanket
Instead of bringing my nice Chappywrap blankets, I’ll opt for a picnic blanket with several layers to protect me (and my wine!) from the damp ground.
What do you like to bring with you while wine tasting? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Tom McGovern