I was thinking recently about winery tasting room experiences. You read all the time about a wineries wine, its wines and maybe the architecture/decor, but you don't often read about the overall tasting experience.
Of course, the wines themselves and the surroundings are all a part of the overall experience, but the people pouring is one of the most important parts of the equation. To me, I can have a great tasting experience in an ugly space if the wines and the people pouring them for me are good.
What do you look for when you visit a tasting room? What elements are the most important to you? Do you expect a certain level of wine acumen from pourers?
I have my own thoughts, but as I continue to think about my LI wine guide, I want to build some consensus as well.