Wine Tasting Do’s and Don’ts


By Peggy Fiandaca, LDV Winery 


ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Peggy Fiandaca, co-owner of LDV Winery, gives a harvest update and discusses the “do’s and don’ts” of wine tasting, plus shares how to make her Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on

  1. Do your research before you go. Learn about the grape varieties, download a wine trail map, and get recommendations from friends on where to go.
  2. You cannot do them all. Set your priorities and don’t try to power taste.
  3. Eat before you go or purchase some food to go with your wine.
  4. Avoid coffee and chewing gum. Also, avoid anything that interferes with your sense of smell such as heavy perfumes, etc.
  5. Taste what you like but take the opportunity to try something new.
  6. Don’t be one of those rude or loud wine tasters. It is not about impressing everyone in earshot about what you know. Unless the wine is truly flawed, keep your negative opinions to yourself or among your companions.
  7. Ask questions about the wine, winery, and what makes their wine unique. Take notes about the wine so that when you are ready to purchase you will remember which wines you liked best.
  8. Go ahead and share your wine tastings.
  9. Know your limits. It is okay to use the dump bucket. If you had too much to drink, don’t ask for more. You will not be served. Choose a designated driver. 
  10. Tasting fees are standard and like other service providers if you enjoyed your experience tip accordingly.


Most of all enjoy!


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Peggy is owner and operator, with her husband, of LDV Winery in Arizona.

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