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Candlelight Cove Light Show at Candlelight Winery
Candlelight Cove Light Show at Candlelight Winery

One of the great things about enjoying wine is being able to check out so many great wineries. Each one of the 50 states has at least one winery so no matter where our travels take us we try to visit at least one winery during each trip.

Unfortunately there have been a few occasions where our trip to the local winery is disappointing. So during a recent wine outing we found ourselves at a winery that we did not like. We stayed through the tasting however, it was an experience that I would soon like to forget.

Instead of going through a tasting that you are going to regret, I have some pointers to get out of a winery situation. On our recent experience we had a feeling from the time that we pulled into the winery that we should turn around. This winery was on a farm that focused more on the farming part instead of the wine part of the winery. However we decided to check it out.

Once inside the winery, it took the winery staff about 10 minutes to acknowledge us at the tasting bar. As with most of our winery visits, even if the tasting bar is busy most of the tasting room assistants will at least acknowledge you. I am a believer that if someone doesn’t acknowledge you, the rest of the experience will be worse.

Since I didn’t take my own advice, we then suffered through the next 20 minutes trying wines that we usually wouldn’t drink because the tasting room assistant insisted we would like these wines. Unfortunately, we did not like the wines and quickly paid for the tastings and left.

If you are faced with this situation, be sure to tell the assistant that you will try a couple of wines (it’s always a good idea to expand your wine tastings) however, you prefer a certain kind of wine and if they could give you a good idea of the wines that match your preference you will be more likely to buy some wines.

If you find that you do not care for any of the wines, graciously thank them for their time, ask how much the wine tasting is and after you pay, quietly leave. If you make a grand exit you are only making the experience worse for you and the winery.



Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more gift ideas or wine lists from the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery
in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly
column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate
about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day
job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for
her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially
to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.