Originally signed up for the Tour of the Palate but canceled because of a conflict with another vineyard I wanted to visit that didn't have as open an agenda as Hess. Needless to say, I didn't have time to see the two floors of art but I really did enjoy the drive up to Hess on the winding road and the grounds are especially picture-worthy.
Tasting was fine, reasonally priced, and I liked the flexibility of the flight options vs what some other vineyards offer. I bought two bottles then a third since my tasting fee would be waived.
Just me but I like to sample wine when it is first poured and then swirl before the second taste. I was all set to repeat my routine for my second wine choice but my Hess host, explaining while taking my glass, it was best for me to swirl first to remove whatever remained of my first wine. IMO? If Hess is that concerned, give me a fresh glass or swirl, dump, and refill.
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