Tasting Room Tips

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While to many of us, wine is a part of our everyday life, it can be a very intimidating beverage to lots of people, especially the huge percentage of those who do not drink wine more than a couple times a year....if at all. Here are a few hints to help you sell more wine when those novices, tourists and Bud lite drinkers walk through your doors:

  • Keep an area to the right of your front door open and uncluttered to allow someone to enter and get their bearings before they approach your tasting bar

  • Instruct your team to greet guests with just a hello and smile to recognize them, but not make them feel pressured

  • Once they approach the tasting area: use 2 questions: Do you like red or white? Dry or sweet?

Then teach your staff to make sure the newbees are not looked down on for their preferences, whatever they might be

  • On a tasting card or sell sheet of some kind, along with the names of your wines, the prices and simple descriptions, add 2 or 3 things:

  • a pronunciation guide

  • a sweetness scale that they can peruse before your team begins the tasting and/or selling effort

  • perhaps some food category suggestions

  • Supply baskets or multi bottle tote bags both to make handling bottles easier and to potentially sell more wine

About the author:

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Donniella Winchell, Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association...

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