Because we care… the Seneca Lake Wine Trail member wineries encourage you to taste responsibly! We’re happy to offer these 5 tasting tips to help you make your visit safe and enjoyable.

  1. women sitting on a porch chattingPace yourself. Our wineries aren’t going anywhere! We recommend visiting 4 – 5 wineries in a day, maximum. Start with a big breakfast, visit a couple of wineries. Stop for lunch, then hit maybe two or three more. This will benefit you greatly as it will help prevent overindulgence while also ensuring that your taste buds aren’t worn out by “over tasting”. Remember too, these are tasting rooms, not bars. We want you to take your time, ask questions, learn about the wines you’re drinking. Our tasting room staffers are educated and excited to share their knowledge with you. It’s all about the experience!
  2. Pack some snacks. With great local cheese, meats, and more – there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy delicious local food between winery stops to break up your tastings. It’s nice to have a small cooler in the car stocked with cheese, crackers, granola bars, and other tasty treats to help curb your appetite and absorb the wine you’re tasting.
  3. Drink water. Along with the food in your cooler, be sure to throw in some water or juice. It’s important to sip water (or another non-alcoholic beverage) between stops. This will help balance out any effects of the alcohol and will also help keep you hydrated – both very important!
  4. group of women and men tasting wine at winerySpit. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your mother! Did you know that it’s perfectly okay to swirl, sniff, sip… then spit?! Yes, it’s true. In fact, most professional wine writers and judges will do just that. Why, you might be wondering? Well, it helps preserve their taste buds and prevents them from becoming intoxicated while trying to seriously taste wine. Try it, you just might like it and we promise, you’ll be better able to taste the wines as you go, because the alcohol won’t be dulling your senses.
  5. Follow the rules. It is illegal to serve someone who is visibly intoxicated, even if that person has a designated driver or is on a bus or in a limo. If you appear intoxicated, you will be refused service. Please understand that our staff is professionally trained to assess intoxication. If you are refused service, the decision is not meant to offend. Take the time to sit back and relax for a bit, sip on some water, or just get some fresh air. We don’t like turning people away, but we have a responsibility to follow the law. Also, please be sure to carry your ID at all times.

We want you to have a fun and enjoyable experience on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We care because this isn’t just where we work, it’s where we live. We want to keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy while enjoying this beautiful slice of paradise! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Office: 877-536-2717.