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Amista Vinyards - Good wine but they don't credit tasting fee to purchase

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Mick Ruthven Nov 28, 2009 06:53 PM

I stopped into Amista Winery today for the first time. It's a very small operation with a two-year-old tasting facility in Dry Creek Valley. Their owner/winemaker makes the wine in another winery's facilities (a common practice for very small wineries). I liked the facility, the tasting room staff, and their quite good red wine. They pour six tastes for $5. Then I bought a bottle of the 2004 Syrah ($28) and was surprised when the tasting fee was added to the price. I asked about that and immediately received what sounded like a standard speech about how their $5 fee was less than most wineries charge and their six tastings were more generous than most and about a full glass of wine. I politely expressed my disagreement with the policy and left with my wine. I want to like this place, but that policy feels quite unfriendly for lack of a better word. I'm sure I've ever encountered it before, but of course I haven't been to all wineries in the area. What say you?

Amista Vineyards
3320 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707.431.9200
farrow@amistavineyards.com

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    adamshoe RE: Mick Ruthven Nov 28, 2009 07:03 PM

    You got off cheap!! Try going to Artesa (which I thought you were talking about) in Carneros. $20.00 to taste and no waiving of the fee upon purchasing. It always behooves you to ask if they waive the fee for purchases. Caveat emptor... adam

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      duck833 RE: Mick Ruthven Nov 28, 2009 07:22 PM

      You are getting off cheap.

      Spent some time around Dundee Friday, tasting fees in most places, no credit for purchases. Exception at a few that they waived the tasting fee if you were picking up futures (I was :) ). Tasting fees went from $10-20.

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