11 Tips for Wine Tasting During COVID
August 11, 2020
Welcome back to Paso Robles Wine Country, where the hills are rolling, the wine is pouring, and the good times are just beginning! When you are ready to return to your favorite wineries or explore some new finds, know that they are ready to safely invite you back. To help safeguard you, your friends, and our community, wineries are adhering to the latest health and safety protocols for an enjoyable reopening. In collaboration with Travel Paso, here are our 11 pro tips for making the most of your trip to wine country!
How to Stay Safe While Wine Tasting
1. Make Reservations in advance
Since all tastings have moved outdoors, there may be limited seating at your favorite Paso Robles wineries. Make your reservation in advance to ensure your wine tasting adventure is easy and effortless.
2. Bring your mask and hand sanitizer/wipes
It’s the new fashion statement after all. Tasting room staff will be required to wear masks, but it will also be mandatory for visitors to be masked. Don’t worry, you won’t need to wear a mask while sipping on delicious Paso Wine, but if you walk to the bathroom, your mask will need to be on.
3. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle
Hydration is always important, especially in the summer sun of Paso. It’s a lot easier to know you always have one handy.
4. Pack a picnic, pick-up takeout, or pre-order lunch from a winery
5. Be on time
These days wineries are on a stricter timeline, so prepare to arrive a little before your reservation. Most tasting rooms set aside a 90-minute time block for you.
6. Plan to visit 3-4 tasting rooms
With the size of Paso Robles Wine Country, it is easier to plan for 3-4 wineries to ensure you will have plenty of travel time. You won’t want to rush when you’re head over heels for the wines you are tasting!
7. Taste with a small group
Invite your close besties for an intimate wine tasting experience! We ask you to comply with social distancing measures and stay in a small group.
8. Please be patient and stay flexible
If we have learned anything during COVID, it’s that we need to work together (but from 6-feet apart). Tasting rooms have new procedures in place to stay open and operate safely, all while making sure you have an awesome time in wine country!
9. Make it an adventure
Paso Robles wine country is full of unique, fun opportunities for everyone. Sip a glass of wine as you walk through the renowned art exhibit Field of Light at Sensorio, get your adrenaline pumping with Margarita Adventures as you zipline above vineyards and end with a wine tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, or explore the rolling hills of wine country on a horseback tour with Central Coast Trailrides.
10. Book transportation
Eliminate the stress of having to drive and book a safe wine tour! Enjoy the company of a knowledgeable local guide at the wheel, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
11. Visit mid-week
When booking your lodging, try and plan your getaway during the middle of the week. Paso Robles is a little quieter plus it’ll help ensure you get those tasting reservations you’ve been craving!
Our wineries and tasting rooms are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their staff as well as you, their patrons, as the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
By adhering to the guidelines put in place by the state of California and the recommendations of the CDC, we hope that you will feel safe and comfortable visiting our many wineries and vineyards.
If you have any questions regarding the safety procedures put in place by the wineries in Paso Robles, please be sure to reach out to the individual property to discuss exactly what they are doing to help ensure everyone’s safety during these unprecedented times.
Photo Credit: Acacia Productions