Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winetasting Around the Holidays

Visiting wine country is a popular outing during the holiday season.  Please be aware that many wineries close early on both Christmas and New Year's Eves.  A few may be closed for the entire day, particularly on Christmas Eve.  So be sure to phone the winery before you visit.  When I do a wine country tour on Christmas or New Year's Eve, I recommend tasting in the morning and having a late lunch in wine country.

I used to say that all wineries were closed on Christmas Day; however, I read that one opened last Christmas.  I don't recommend planning to winetaste on Christmas Day; however, some of the restaurants are serving special meals that day, so you can still head to wine country and have a nice outing.

There are usually enough wineries open on New Year's Day for you to drop in at a few and do some tasting.  However, you might not be able to visit all of your favorites.  Again, check first before visiting.

Since both Christmas and New Year's fall on Sundays, the legal holidays will be on Monday, December 26 and January 2.  Most wineries should be operating on their regular schedules on these dates.

If you would like to take a private wine country tour during the holidays, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel will be open on all dates except December 25 and January 1.  For more information, phone (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

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