Anniversary: Peller Estates (Part 4)

This post is long overdue and is the last post about our wonderful winery experience at Peller Estates. If you need to catch up, here are parts one, two, and three.

The next part of our winery tour was sampling wine! I’m acting excited, but I actually do not like wine. The name lady gave me some sparkling juice — which was actually just okay to me — I don’t like the bubbles (what can I say?) Anyway, “we” were able to sample 3 wines: a white, a red, + a red ice wine. We started by learning the 5 S’s of wine sampling.

1. Sight.

2. Smell.

3. Swirl. This opens up the aroma of the wine. You can smell again after this step as well — it really does smell different than the first time you smell.

4. Swoosh. This step gets your mouth ready for the 5th step. Basically you swoosh the wine all around your mouth.

5. Slurp. Somehow I don’t have a picture of this step… but some might say “sip” — our guide said slurp! If you slurp without swooshing, your slurp will taste different — try it!

I did try the red ice wine tasting, as it is sweeter + has less alcohol. As far as wines go, it wasn’t terrible. I really just can’t get past the alcohol taste + smell. I know I’m so boring. Mr. Healthy really enjoyed the tasting and each wine. We were even going to bring a bottle of red ice wine home until we saw the price tag! Red ice wine is less common than white ice wine since the red grapes have a thinner skin + don’t grip the vine as well.

Was also learned a bit about why some wines have a cork vs. a screw.

  • Red wines + ice wines are going to have a cork. This is because the wine makers assume you want the option of aging these wines.
  • White wines usually have a screw. This is because the wine makers assume you’ll want to drink this right away or in 1-2 weeks.

I thought this whole process was incredibly interesting!

Have you ever taken a tour of a winery? What is your favorite kind or wine? Do you follow the 5 S’s or just drink it!?

Miss my other anniversary posts? Here they are: Happily Ever After, Brockamour Manor, Paper Gifts, Cake, Brockamour Breakfasts, and Journey to the Falls. The rest of the winery posts are at the beginning of this post.


  1. 1

    we have so many fun wineries here in Oregon… I love spending a day visiting a few at a time. we do a modified version – maybe 3 S!!

  2. 2

    I’ve never done a wine tour but would really love to. It sounds fun to me. I do love wine though. 😀

  3. 3

    Haha – I just drink it. My only request is that it’s a sweet wine, other than that I’m pretty cool with whatever! :)

  4. 4

    I love wine tastings…although I always feel silly going through the steps…it all usually tastes pretty good to me :-)

  5. 5

    I’m with you – I’m not much of a wino. I enjoy a glass here and there, but I’m picky about it and it has to be sweet. But still, I enjoy winerys and the tours. Looks like you had a great time!

  6. 6

    oooh I love wine tours!!! My girlfriends and I have done a couple and they are so much fun!!!

  7. 7

    I’d love to learn more about wines! Unfortunately any time I have had the possible opportunity to do so, I usually end up just drinking the wine and socializing instead of listening. Oops :)

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