During a recent trip to wine country, I had a very short list of wineries I was looking to visit. I wasn't out to get drunk and go crazy while wine tasting, I only went to the wineries I already liked and enjoyed and was looking forward to Grgich.
We arrived and were greeted in the courtyard and signed up for the progressive tasting since it also included a "tour." Our group steadily grew to about 15 people, and off we went. A few points that I found a little disappointing...
The tour was being led by someone who seemed to be sticking to a script, and didn't seem to have a great love for or interest in the wine. I do believe that the Grgich employee may have been playing to the audience since as many as 10 of the 15 people on the tour were clearly just there to get drunk. Those people clearly had no interest in the information provided or in Grgich.
Another strike against the tour is that while it takes you into the wine making facility, you make 4 "stops" along the way which are all condensed into a single room (with the first tasting happening outside near where you check in). You don't end up leaving with much insight into the unique techniques that make Grgich unique.
Lastly, the final stop is the actual retail counter, where space is tight, the cash registers were loud, and the tour guide has to raise their voice to speak over other tours as they pass by.
Overall, we had a good time, but I would definitely consider doing an estate tasting or one of the more personal tastings where you really get to spend more one on one time with a wine expert. I think that would allow you to really enjoy the great product Grgich puts out.
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