In this short video, we have some great wine tasting tips for the Napa Valley. The first hurdle is to decide which of the 500 wineries to visit. We have two suggestions. First, you can follow one of our designed wine routes centered around a theme. Secondly, plan your tastings is using winecountrygetaways handy Trip Planner. Using this tool you can select wineries based on your interests and then click to map your trip and share your plans with your friends. Figure on visiting just a few wineries in one day. Pace yourself and enjoy your stay at each winery. Wine tasting fees can add up quickly. Most wineries charge $20 and above for basic tasting. Take your time tasting the wine and following the tasting notes if provided. If you don’t see any tasting notes, ask for them. Using the tasting notes is an excellent way to educate your palate. We recommend you take at least one tour at a winery. A very good tour will show how wine is made from start to finish, include a vineyard walk, and maybe even a barrel sample. One of the most enjoyable wine country activities is having a picnic lunch in the vineyards. It is so pleasant to sit peacefully in wine country sipping a chilled glass of wine with your deli lunch. Check our list of picnic wineries and places to buy your picnic goodies. Make sure you have a designated driver or if you are driving you can do what the pros do. Smell the wine, swish it in your mouth but don’t swallow it. Use a spit cup, and you really won’t miss a thing. In fact, we think it improves your senses because it forces you to concentrate. If you buy any wine on a hot day, don’t let your wine cook in your car. Take a cooler or transport your wine to your hotel as soon as possible. Whatever you do figure out a way to keep your wine cool. Use your smartphone to document your trip, share photos or video with friends on your favorite social media sites. Happy wine tasting travels.