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Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!



I am planning to visit Oregon again, however I'd like to know if the
Washington wineries in the Yakima Valley follow the same practice?



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Ben wrote:

Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!


In my experience in California, the practice of "Napa Valley: tasting fees;
everywhere else: no charge" is historical at best. At this point, I expect
everywhere to charge a fee in the tasting room; if they don't it's a bonus.

Actually, I don't mind if they charge me; it's a nominal amount, they need
to defray their expenses, and it keeps down the marauding hordes of "let's
hit all the wineries in the area and get blitzed" people. But if they don't
apply the fee to a purchase, I do think it's arrogant.

Curt
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When I was in Oregon-Dundee area all the places I went to applied the
tasting fees to the purchase of wine or if Club joined.


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Ben wrote:

Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and
I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!


In my experience in California, the practice of "Napa Valley: tasting
fees;
everywhere else: no charge" is historical at best. At this point, I
expect
everywhere to charge a fee in the tasting room; if they don't it's a
bonus.

Actually, I don't mind if they charge me; it's a nominal amount, they need
to defray their expenses, and it keeps down the marauding hordes of "let's
hit all the wineries in the area and get blitzed" people. But if they
don't
apply the fee to a purchase, I do think it's arrogant.

Curt



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Curt Wohlgemuth writes:

Ben wrote:

Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!


In my experience in California, the practice of "Napa Valley: tasting fees;
everywhere else: no charge" is historical at best. At this point, I expect
everywhere to charge a fee in the tasting room; if they don't it's a bonus.

Actually, I don't mind if they charge me; it's a nominal amount, they need
to defray their expenses, and it keeps down the marauding hordes of "let's
hit all the wineries in the area and get blitzed" people. But if they don't
apply the fee to a purchase, I do think it's arrogant.


Unfortunately, many wineries in Oregon don't apply the fees to a
purchase. In their defense:

1) These wineries are mostly very small compared to many California
wineries (especially Napa!). So running a tasting room probably
costs them more relative to their size.

2) The wineries don't get the same PR benefit as (say) Phelps does.
Even the ones in McMinnville don't have nearly as many people
nearby (Portland being smaller than the extended Bay area). And
since the wineries are small and distribution is spotty, you are
much less likely to _see_ a bottle of Erath in your local store
three months later and think "that was a nice visit, I'll buy
this" than you would be with Phelps.

But I agree, they _should_ credit it to a wine purchase.
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Ben wrote:
Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!


Ben,
The Willamette Valley is now a "destination" for wine lovers, so
wineries now get far more business than they need. Tasting fees are the
result, and if you speak with most wineries they'll explain that,
without them, they get hordes of people with no interest in buying wine
crowding out those few who do. Why thy don't credit it to a purchase is
a good question.

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"Richard Neidich" wrote in message
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In my experience in California, the practice of "Napa Valley: tasting
fees;
everywhere else: no charge" is historical at best. At this point, I
expect
everywhere to charge a fee in the tasting room; if they don't it's a
bonus.

Actually, I don't mind if they charge me; it's a nominal amount, they
need
to defray their expenses, and it keeps down the marauding hordes of
"let's
hit all the wineries in the area and get blitzed" people. But if they
don't
apply the fee to a purchase, I do think it's arrogant.

Curt


I was in the historical category of the marauding hordes of "let's hit all
thewineries in the area and get blitzed" in the Napa Valley in the very
earliest 70's. They were happy to have us. You were welcomed to the bar,
given more wine than you could possibly drink.

Now that they've got notoriety, they don't need the hordes; they even
charge them! Ah, yes, success!
Dee Dee


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I prefer to go to the wineries that charge a fee.

It keeps all you cheap-assed freeloaders out of the place.

A decent bottle of reserve pinot is worth $30, so you got what you
paid for.

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Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!



I am planning to visit Oregon again, however I'd like to know if the
Washington wineries in the Yakima Valley follow the same practice?

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I am surprised you did not get credited toward purchase. Did you ask ? I
have been charged a tasting fee a few times and when I go to buy they
might not offer it but if I ask if they credit towards purchase they
always seem to agree and credit my tastings.

Other places, don't make me pay till after the tasting to see if I am
going to buy and when I do get that bottle or two, I notice I only pay
for the wine I bought, not for what I tasted.

Then again I live in Oregon and visit a wineries often so maybe I have a
"I have seen him before" thing working for me.

J~

Ben wrote:
Just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast. Along the way my wife and I
stopped at a number of wineries (McMinnville) to sample and purchase the
local products. The tasting fees ranged from $5.00 to $15.00!! I was
appalled at the high dollar tasting fees charged and the arrogance of not
applying the fee to a purchase!



I am planning to visit Oregon again, however I'd like to know if the
Washington wineries in the Yakima Valley follow the same practice?





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