Want to Go Wine Tasting? You Have No Excuse!

Vineyard in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada with Vaseux Lake and McIntyre Bluff in the background. McIntyre Bluff is near Oliver in the Okanagan Valley.If you’ve really been wanting to visit a winery but have thought they’re simply too far away from where you live, allow me to explode that myth.

Presuming you live in the United States or Canada, the numbers say you should have ample opportunity to check out a tasting room — even if you live in some remote corner of one of these two great countries.

According to Wines Vines Analytics, the United States presently is home to 8,854 wineries, of which 5,455 have tasting rooms.

In Canada, there are 679 wineries, of which 508 have tasting rooms.

Live in Italy? Spain? France? We don’t need to tell you that there’s probably a winery no more than an hour from where you live.

For Americans and Canadians, a winery visit may require a day trip, or perhaps an overnight stay. But I can’t think of a single place in the U.S. that is more than a day’s drive from a tasting room — and that includes Alaska.

So, what are you waiting for? Google “winery tasting rooms” and the name of your state, and begin your research. Then plan to visit to a winery or two while the weather is still nice and getting there is still easy.

Keep in mind that some wineries — especially those in America’s northern tier — go to more limited hours once winter sets in. And it’s always a good idea to verify hours by phone before making a special trip.

P.S.: It’s very likely that the numbers shown above are off by at least a few. Reason: In the last six months alone, 400 wineries came on line… which means, on average, more than two are opening their doors every day.

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