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Paso Robles' Premier Wine Tour Company Now Leads the Way in Virtual Wine Tasting Experiences

Posted on March 23, 2021

Paso Robles, CA (March 22, 2021) Toast Tours, a wine-savvy and experiences-based tour company, is once again raising the bar in what people can expect from Paso Robles wine country. Recently named by TRAVEL + LEISURE as one of the “9 Best California Wine Tours for Learning, Sipping, and Sightseeing”, Toast Tours has partnered with local certified sommelier, Vanessa Igel, to teach guests what they need to know before coming to Paso Robles. 

Toast Tours has always created tours that focus on wine education through fun and engaging experiences, and now they are taking that same passion to the virtual space. With a knack for teaching people about wine through humor, Igel leads guests through a virtual Wine 101 course. During the private, one-hour class, Igel shares all the basics about wine tasting including how to identify smells in wine, how to taste the differences between acid and tannins and what to expect from common lingo said in tasting rooms. 

“I remember doing a lot of smiling and nodding in tasting rooms before I understood what was happening,” said Vanessa Igel, Certified Sommelier. “A wine tasting trip is so much more fun when you can relax and are able to understand what’s being said and what you actually like in a wine. Falling in love with wine is a journey and never should be intimidating or stressful. They are easy tricks that can be learned very quickly to enhance your experience.”

Through Toast Tours, guests can book the tasting experience using wines they already have at home or can select from a curated list of wines available in most stores. From there, they select a date and will join Igel virtually for a private wine lesson and experience. For more information and availability, click here

About Toast Tours LLC

Toast Tours offers memorable wine tours & experiences on California’s Central Coast, with a focus on visiting smaller producers and going behind the scenes. The owners, Lars & Kristina, have sommelier training and years of guiding experience in Napa & Sonoma, as well as Barcelona, Spain.  They have two public small-group tours and offer complimentary itinerary planning for their private tours. In addition to visiting wineries, they often include other activities such as farm tours, horseback riding, kayaking, distillery & beer tours, food-and-wine pairings and much more. For more information, visit Social - #toasttours, @toasttours (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook)

About Vanessa Igel

Vanessa Igel is a Certified Sommelier with a passion for wine that is deeply rooted in an obsession for hospitality and how wine connects us to different times and places.

Moving from Chicago to California’s Central Coast six years ago, Igel quickly fell in love with the people, the place and the incredible wine community here. Starting from the basics and quickly learning over the last several years, she has since overseen and developed creative wine education experiences for distinguished wineries in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.


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