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Nov 28, 2009 06:53 PM

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

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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.