Tips and tricks on the trail: How to get more from your pour.


Have you ever weaseled your way to more wine? Hustled for a heavier pour? If you said ‘no’ then suuuure, we believe you (wink wink!), but if you said ‘yes!’ then join the 95% of us who have innocently and playfully tried to get more from our pour!

Tricia Dyer finds out the lengths people go to get the most out of every wine tasting pour, and very handy advice from tasting room staff themselves on how to squeeze out every drop!

 

I was enjoying a local bottle of gorgeous Lemberger with a friend who asked how I came to choose this particular label. I took another sip to try and recall, and what quickly followed was my flashback of exactly how I got it…

 

Funny story.

 

“Look, no offense, but I’m yet to taste a Finger Lakes red that really rocks my socks”

 

A couple of years ago, I was taking some Australian friends on the wine trail – you know, bragging about the Finger Lakes and how we’re the most beautiful, and #1 in the world, no big deal (represent!). We pulled into Fulkerson Winery, and I’m still bragging hard about our rieslings (of course) and the other unique whites that the Finger Lakes does so well. After we sampled mostly white wines, our awesome tasting guy asked why we didn’t touch the reds. I said, “Look, no offense, but I’m yet to taste a Finger Lakes red that really rocks my socks”. He stared at me in silence… I think he got offended (even though I said ‘no offense’ which basically absolves me of being offensive, right?). He raised an eyebrow, and said, “well you haven’t tasted ours then”, and swiftly pulls out three bottles of fanciful reds from- I don’t know where… His top hat, or up his sleeve?! It was like my statement set off a red alert, a code 7 and he go-go-gadgeted three amazing red wines from the vault labelled ‘For Doubters’, and before I knew it, we had ourselves a brand new tasting.

 

You see where this is going, don’t you? 😉

 

I can honestly say that my statement was genuine and I promise I wasn’t trying to get any freebies. Plus, this guy totally knew what he was doing, and guess what? I walked out of the wine store with three new reds under my arm – one of them being the Fulkerson Estate 2012 Lemberger! So it was a win:win.

 

But back to my dining room, my curious friend, and the Lemberger. I told her the story with a little bit of shame and a lot more pride, and to my surprise, she said she uses that line all the time! That whiley minx! So I asked around to find out who else does this. Guys, it turns out – everyone.

 

So, I hit the trails and asked some of our favorite wine tasting staff on Seneca to give us the juice on what we should do to squeeze out every drop and penny from our wine tastings… You’re welcome, possums!

If you can't get more wine, at least you get a great view!

If you can’t get more wine, at least you get a great view!

Patrick from Atwater Vineyards says:

  • Go on a slower day, you are more likely to get individualized attention and in turn, a little bit more
  • One sample is always complimentary for Atwater, so if you only want to try one wine, you’ll get it free! (Who knew?!)
  • If we can tell you are enjoying it, we’ll likely offer additional or similar wines to taste, even if it’s not on the tasting selections. (Great tip, Patrick! Definitely taking note of that!)
Now that's a man who knows his pours!

Now that’s a man who knows his pours!

Carter from Hazlitt says:

  • Because Hazlitt is so well known for its sweeter, playful wines, I’ll try to push the dry selections – and will pour them for you whether you asked for them or not! (And I will not deny you of that, Carter. We should be friends.)
  • I’ll sometimes give in for the “obnoxious” pushy guy to get them to stop asking. So I guess that would work, but do you really want to be that guy? (Good point, Carter. Don’t be that guy, guys.)
  • Not only are we in the business of wine, but the business of people. Be friendly, polite, and open with your pourer – you might just be surprised!

 

I’ll sometimes give in for the “obnoxious” pushy guy… but do you really want to be that guy?

Jim from Atwater Vineyards says:

  • Wine people like talking about wine – be friendly! It might work in your favor.
  • Flash him! (Seriously, don’t. But he had it happen and the woman did not get more wine. Noted.)
When in doubt, don't ask!

When in doubt, don’t ask!

Jenny from Hector Wine Co. says:

  • The ones who ask for more/extra wine are the ones who don’t get any!
  • They won’t always take to sly requests for more, so proceed with caution or just be nice and upfront.
Divide and conquer, guys.

Divide and conquer, guys.

Mike from Heron Hill says:

 

(PSA: Stop asking in groups, you’re ruining it for the rest of us!)

 

  • Usually party groups will collectively ask for more upfront, and because of the sheer number of people in their crew, we’re never going to do that (PSA: Stop asking in groups, you’re ruining it for the rest of us!)
  • Sometimes people just want to feel like they won something, so if they joke around about getting a heavier pour, I’ll just put an extra drop and they’re happy.
Hit us with your "best shot"!

Hit us with your “best shot”!

Finally, Norrie (the Wine Wench – no seriously, that’s on her business card!) from Lakewood Vineyards says:

  • One time, I had a girl ask me to pour in the glass while she was “trying to get the shot right” for Facebook. Sure, little lady, sure. It was all fun though. We did several ‘takes’, she got her shot, and everyone had a great laugh!
  • Share with me your experiences: sometimes people get turned off a wine because they had a bad experience. The right wine pourer can sometimes change your perceptions!
  • I’m passionate about wine! If I see that you’re interested, I’ll definitely share my knowledge and advice with you, and our wine!

 

So there you have it, folks! Who would have thought that all those times we thought we were being tricky, our good-hearted tasting room buddies actually want to pour extra for those who show extra interest in what they do. So go on out there, try your tricks for fun, but at the end of the day let’s all respect what they do by sincerely enjoying what they do. You may get the royal treatment purely coz you’re being an awesome customer.

 

P.S. I’m a fan of Finger Lakes reds now!

 

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Patricia Dyer grew up in Australia, and moved to Corning in 2012. She’s happily embraced the American culture, as well as fallen in love with the Gaffer District and Finger Lakes. So much so, that she and her husband have made a home here with their baby daughter, Phoebe. She is the principal marketing consultant at her company, vim & co., a wine enthusiast, and an avid thrift shopper. And she really, really loves food. @theyearoftricia

Patricia Dyer grew up in Australia, and moved to Corning in 2012. She’s happily embraced the American culture, as well as fallen in love with the Gaffer District and Finger Lakes. So much so, that she and her husband have made a home here with their baby daughter, Phoebe. She is the principal marketing consultant at her company, vim & co., a wine enthusiast, and an avid thrift shopper. And she really, really loves food. @theyearoftricia

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