Heading out for a day of visiting wineries? Great! Here are a few wine tasting etiquette tips to know before you go.
Wondering what to wear to winery tours and tastings?
You may have heard of Wine Country Casual... a term coined for this relaxed-yet-refined part of the country.
So what does that mean in today's world?
It wasn't that many years ago, Wine Country Casual meant daytime dresses, and khakis or slacks. But as we've become more casual at work (well, everywhere actually), visitors to Wine Country have brought their own chic style. Without trying to give you fashion advice, I'll reveal what I've seen in Napa Valley that's considered acceptable, along with a few practical tips.
Although nice jeans are a common sight most places, you'll want to take into consideration the upscale winery or posh event and dress appropriately. Some young women wear tight, short dresses, and a few websites will have you believe this is common. It's not. This isn't LA and you're not bar hopping; you may feel out of place dressed like this. Even at the most casual tasting rooms, tattered, ripped or worn out jeans won't fit in. And leave your favorite sports team shirt at home. Show respect for your winery hosts by wearing casually elegant clothes.
For women, nice jeans paired with a blouse and jacket, or a casual dress with a cardigan are appropriate. Womens trousers are back in style -- both comfortable and polished -- they are ideal for wine tasting in Napa Valley. In summer, I've seen women wear dressy capris or white jeans with stylish tops, and sundresses topped with jean jackets.
Yeah, about those white jeans... keep in mind that a spilled drop of Cabernet may ruin your chic look, as well as those designer jeans. Consider wearing darker colors or patterns to play it safe.
For men, dark-wash denim or chinos are right at home here, as well as sweaters, button-downs and polo shirts. Nice shorts are becoming more common in the warm months, with short sleeved button-down shirts or polos.
Wear comfortable shoes, too. Depending on your tour, you may be walking into the vineyards, strolling through gardens, climbing stairs and walking across wet cave floors, stepping over hoses. High heels and flip-flops are not recommended.
Dress in layers. Whatever the season, you want to be comfortable all day. Even in summer, those wine caves can be downright chilly. You may be glad you brought a jacket or cardigan.