Becker - This winery was crazy packed with cars and tour buses but smaller than I expected considering its presidential claim to fame. 2 of 10 F'burg winery reviews. The front of the building looked nice and to the left a small rustic 1890's homestead log cabin with scenic wind-vain and water tank. Walking thru the entrance, foyer to the main tasting room there were a large number of people lined up for wine tasting all around the one long bar. It isn't obvious to know what to do with so many people mulling around. We walked around until someone told us we're supposed to go to the front of the bar and get our 6 tickets(one ticket per wine) $20 for a tasting inc. wine glass, then find an opening anywhere around the bar and nudge our way in an open spot. From the ~25 different wines, we sampled 6 white and 6 red.
Plenty of different wines to taste and this winery did provide water to rinse glass, a wine waste bucket, and crackers. Also our server actually, for each tasting, swilled the glass with the new wine in the remnants of the old wine in the glass, poured that out and then poured the new wine in the same glass - a different way of removing the fragments of the previous wine from the glass - A+ simple but brilliant idea that i haven't seen any other winery do. As with the crowded & popular wineries, 'Becker' lacks customer service as they're shuffling herds of people thru and not focussing on selling/telling people about their wines.
Idea for Becker - other larger wineries actually have several bars to accommodate for large numbers of people and provide better sign-age for newcomers, or in the foyer have the front desk sell the tickets and then forward the people into the next room with the bar for the tasting.
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