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Low Cost Weekend Ideas: Visit Local Wineries

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I’m starting a new series here and it’s called Low Cost Weekend Ideas. I plan on trying to highlight some cheap fun things to do on weekends that are relatively low-cost but loads of fun. Now, chances are you might not be able to take advantage of some of these ideas depending on where you live, but maybe it’ll spark an idea (that I invite you to share) for what to do the next time Friday rolls around.

Everyone knows about the California wineries, the famed Napa Valley, but there are tons of local wineries up and down the east coast as well. In fact, there are so many that Mr. Carlo De Vito has penned a book titled East Coast Wineries (blogger too!) that my friends in New York swear by.

So what’s fun about going to a winery? If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. All wineries will have a tasting room in which for a few bucks will permit you to sample a whole slew of their wines. In fact, in some places you can try all of their wines and they won’t even collect a single cent. A lot of these wineries have a very hometown friendly feel to them and many times the person pouring the wines will be the owners themselves. Sometimes, if the winery is big enough, they’ll have a dining room with some live music as well.

A few weekends ago, in a weekend trip up to visit from friends in New York, we visited a few wineries over the course of three or four hours. Now, I’m not a wine and cheese type of guy, I’m more like a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon (Natty Light actually but I do enjoy PBR) guy but the four of us popped a bottle of wine and shared some mini-pizza’s, a cheese plate, and some mozzarella & tomato sandwiches to the sound of two guys strumming away on their guitars. Granted, that wasn’t a low cost idea but visiting a winery, enjoying the sights of the countryside, and sampling some wines isn’t a bad way to kill a few hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Just remember… don’t drink and drive.

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8 Responses to “Low Cost Weekend Ideas: Visit Local Wineries”

  1. Steve Mertz says:

    Great series idea and great fun! The Wall Street Journal’s Friday editon has wine tastings section and I found one of my favorite Cab’s under $10 there!

  2. jim says:

    That is one downside of going to a winery, actually liking the wine!

  3. Tammy says:

    Plenty of wine stores have free tastings on the weekends, too.

  4. Eric says:

    Great idea! There are plenty of good, small wineries in the Great Lakes region as well. My fiancee and I spent some time this summer visiting a number of wineries in Michigan. Tastings were completely free, although we did walk out with a few bottles of reasonably priced wines at the end of the day. :)

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  7. Elle says:

    As a Natty Light and PBR guy, don’t forget to add Brewery Tours. I live in a state known for having the most microbreweries per capita, but plenty of other states have brewery tours as well that are free and include free samples. I toured New Belgium Brewery last weekend (creator of Fat Tire) for free and we could choose 4 free samples. I’ve also done the Coors tour as well.

  8. jim says:

    Elle – That’s a great idea, that’ll be the topic of the next Low Cost Weekend Idea. :)


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