By the time you are reading this I am probably somewhere in the Russian River Valley sampling some of my favorite Zinfandels. As I was planning this weeks excursion I found myself wondering what is the right number of winery visits per day?
The visits I have planned will include vineyard tours, tasting and likely some barrel samples. A few of my visits will probably last only 90 minutes or so but others where we will be driving to a vineyard might take well over two hours. I ultimately decided the right number of visits for this trip was two per day. This will allow me to not be rushed on any of my visits as well as ample time for a good lunch. On both days I will be meeting friends after my visits and wine will certainly be involved so this factored into my decision as well.
It is hard to believe that when I first got into wine that five visits per day was the norm. I do think three visits is doable provided they are spaced out appropriately. Maybe 10am, 1pm and 4pm?
For those wondering my itinerary is Ridge and Carlisle today and Bucklin and Limerick Lane tomorrow. Stay tuned for reports on my visits in the coming weeks.
Would love to hear what your day looks like when you visit wine country. If you have time please comment below.