What To Bring On A Wine Tasting Trip

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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

What To Bring On A Wine Tasting Trip
 

For Accidental Spills: A Tide To-Go Pen

Listen: accidents happen. And that’s perfectly fine. However, you never want to be caught off guard if there’s a wine, cheese, or food spill.

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

So: you’ve gone to a winery, fallen in love with a wine, and pick up a bottle to bring home. Great! But did you know that wines can become tainted if they’re exposed to heat for too long?

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

I always like to keep a journal with me if I’m visiting a new winery so I can keep track of the wines I love (and also, report back to you all!)

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

Summer and fall are the busy seasons for wineries, and if you go on a weekend, you might run into a situation where there’s only lawn seating available. Will this be the case in Napa? No. Could this be the case at your local winery outside of California? Absolutely. This is why I always have a waterproof blanket (or a picnic blanket) in my car — because you never know.

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

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  1. Katie wrote:

    Heading for wine country this weekend! Thank you for putting this together as I plan my packing <3

    Posted 8.2.22 Reply
    • Alicia wrote:

      Yay! I hope you have the best time!!

      Posted 8.3.22 Reply