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Thursday Rant–Tasting Fees

One of my fellow bloggers, TheDrunkenCyclist recently started a series of posts called Thursday Rant. His latest post managed to “hit the chord” as we call it – it is about winery tasting fees getting into totally absurd territories, especially when you are in the places like Napa valley. You should read the post below to see it for yourself – and then take a look at some of my suggestions:

Thursday Rant–Tasting Fees.

There are a few things which you can do to avoid a paying an exorbitant amount of money for the wine tasting, outside of simply not visiting the wineries – but all of them will require planning ahead.

1. Connect with the wineries on Twitter and ask them to make special arrangements for you and your group for the tasting. It doesn’t mean that your tasting will be complementary, but you might have an opportunity to taste some interesting wines.

2. Talk to the people at your favorite wine store – tell them you plan to visit a particular winery. Your wine store is often connected to the winery either directly or through a distributor – the winery might be very accommodating to your needs.


  1. April 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Wow! A repost! I think that is a first for me…. I am truly honored, Anatoli, that you think my post was worthy of reposting on your site. Thank you!

    • talkavino
      April 5, 2013 at 6:14 am

      My pleasure, Jeff! Thank you for writing a thought-provoking posts!

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