Friday, July 10, 2015

7 Ways to Prepare For The Wine Trail

Ahhh summer...the time of year when the weather is warm, the lake life is hopping and the wine is flowing freely! We love when summer finally arrives, bringing fun events, outdoor concerts, and most importantly the First Annual Wine Trail Competition! All of the fun starts up at the best winery in the Lake of the Ozarks, where there will be great music, wines and food! Here are a few things you should keep in mind while preparing for a wine trail before you come spend your Saturday with us!

1. Get An Empty Box For Wine

You can get these at your local wine store, or even consider buying a Styrofoam wine carrier from your shipping store. Believe us when we say that you won't want all of your newly purchased wines banging, rolling, and crashing in the back of your car on your drive home! There are several other benefits to the Styrofoam box, but you'll have to keep reading!

2. Hire A Car Or Have A Designated Driver

You may not realize how much wine you will consume on your tours, so it's always a good idea to have a backup plan. Additionally, if you're not used to drinking wine early in the day it could catch up with you fast. A wine trail is about having fun and loving wine, don't end the event with un-safe driving.

3. Try New, Unfamiliar Things

Many different parts of the country grow native grapes, including our winery at the Lake of the Ozarks! With native grapes you will have different flavors, and if you stick to grapes you already know you could miss out on the regional specialties. Don't be afraid to try something new, branch out, and possibly find a new favorite!

4. "What kind of wine to you like?"

This is a pretty standard, go-to question that will be asked by tasting-room personnel. If you aren't totally comfortable with wine you may find this "ice-breaking" question intimidating, especially on the spot! In any event, don't be afraid to say something along the lines of "I enjoy all kinds of wine. Which would you recommend starting with?". Even if you know you like dry wines, you may enjoy a sweet wine or vice versa.

5. Don't Be Shy

Asking simple questions will show your interest, and the wineries will appreciate that. Sample questions to keep in your back pocket could be: "Does this look like it will be a good year?" or "What food would you recommend pairing with this wine?" You don't have to have fancy, complicated questions prepared, there's no need to show off. Unless you really do care about complicated answers such as malolactic fermentation...

6. Keep Wines Out Of The Hot Car

Even with all four windows cracked a bit, your car can reach 117 degrees in just 30 minutes! Wine and hot cars do not mix, and your wine will become flat in no time. Going back to point number one, getting a wine cooler that will keep it insulated will help with this a lot! Many wineries will ship their wines, so that might be a better option if you think it will be warm or if you car will be sitting for a long period of time.

7. Always Remember

The wines you buy will taste different at home than they did at the winery. A wine that has never traveled and is in pristine condition at the winery; paired with the wonderful sights, surrounding and smells of the occasion will mean that the wine will always taste better where it was created. Of course, when you live at the Lake, you can fix this problem by spending LOTS of fun times with us for the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks!

First Annual Wine Trail Competition!

There you have it! Seven great things to remember when spending your weekend on the wine trail at Seven Springs Winery. Saturday, August 22, 2015 is the first, and only wine trail competition in the state of Missouri! From 2-6 PM multiple wineries from the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail and the Lake of the Ozarks Wine Trail will compete for a traveling trophy and all the bragging rights that go along with it. This is also a charity fundraiser for both wine trails. For $60.00 per person you will get to taste Red Wines, White Wines, Open Choice and a Dessert Wine. In addition you will taste amazing food & wine pairings, receive a souvenir logo glass, and get to hear some amazing music! Call Seven Springs Winery at 573.317.0100 to reserve your space.  This event is going to be SO much fun and we can't wait to spend a part of your weekend with you!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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