Wine Tasting Essentials – What to Bring

So you’ve planned a perfect Central Coast wine tasting afternoon, you just need to pack a bag. Don’t forget these wine tasting essentials, so that you can be comfortable and prepared, leaving more room for enjoying each winery!

Portable Charger

You might be using your phone a lot while wine tasting, for taking pictures of the rolling vineyards or getting directions to your next stop. Bring a portable charger to make sure you get where you need to go, and don’t miss a great photo op!

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Large Tote

Wine tasting can be a leisurely, long afternoon, and you’ll bring quite a few things with you. Store it all in a big tote that you can easily swing over your shoulder with extra space for your new favorite bottle of wine.

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Water Bottle

Drinking copious amounts of wine in addition to basking in the bright California sun means that the risk of getting dehydrated is much higher than a normal day. Pack a big water bottle that you can refill and you’ll stay fresh!

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Sunglasses or Hat

While most of the tasting will be done in an indoor bar area, people forget that you’ll actually be outside a lot of the time while wine tasting! Protect your face and eyes by bringing sunglasses or a hat.

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Comfortable Shoes

You’ll be on your feet a lot, from walking through rolling vineyards to standing at the bar area and tasting new wines. Women should wear flats, wedges, or sneakers and men should wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes. While new heels might look great on, you’d regret it after an entire day of being on your feet!

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Picnic

We saved the best for last! Some wineries have a restaurant or sell snacks, but it’s always good to bring your own. Bring cheese and crackers, it’s easy to put together and pairs great will all sorts of wines. Bring a variety of cheese, like cheddar, gouda, brie, goat, monterey jack, or provolone, and bread, crackers, or pita to eat them with. If you want more, bring other classic wine tasting snacks like olives, artichoke hearts, jam, almonds, or deli meats like Prosciutto or salami.

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Wine tasting is easy and accessible, in Edna Valley or Paso Robles, when you stay with us at one of our Central Coast hotel offerings! Learn more here.