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posted 11-09-2011 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Kod,

I agree with Hawkeye, I'm more inclined to purchase at a winery that doesn't charge a tasting, or waives the tasting fee with purchase. In fact, I tend to shy away from wineries that charge a fee, then don't waive that fee with a purchase.

If you like the wine, and the owner/winemaker spends a good deal of time with you, then I would make at least a small purchase. I have visited White Rock, and enjoyed both the tour, and the wines.


posted 11-09-2011 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Kod,

This is just my opinion and I don't know if there is an answer written anywhere.

No Tasting Fee - I had one small winery owner who does not charge a fee tell me that he hoped by not charging, people would be more inclined to purchase. Personally, I always find at least one bottle that I like for purchase. I have been to White Rock, Mid Summer, and Guilliams on your list and didn't have a problem finding wine to purchase. Just tasted at Mid Summer Cellars last week and Rollie Heitz is a great host and nice guy. His wines are reasonably priced with Cabs ranging from $25.00 to $40.00, and all quite good. We ordered half a case, two bottles each of his $40.00 Cab.

Charging a Fee - In my opinion, if they charge a fee, I don't feel that I have an obligation to purchase. Simple as that. If they apply the fee to your purchase, I will usually purchase if I like something.

This last trip, I picked some small wineries to taste that had 2 or 3 wines. One I remember had a tasting and tour fee of $35.00 or $70.00 for the two of us. That is the price of a nice bottle of wine and I will not do that again.

Hope this helps, and have a nice trip.

- Hawkeye


posted 11-08-2011 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I would like to know what is expected of me to buy when I visit a small winery when they do not charge a tasting fee. I am scheduled for White Rock, Tulocay, Midsummer, Guilliams whcih I believe have no fees. In addition, I was wondering about expectations when visiting small wineries with fees: keenan, Failla, Seavey, Amitezza, James Cole, Behrens/Erna Schein.


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