Should I tip the pourers in a tasting room?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

When visiting wineries, is it appropriate (or required) to tip the people who pour? Does the answer vary by locale?

—P.Q., Hillsborough, N.J.

Dear P.Q.,

I took a consensus among tasters and tasting-room employees alike from different regions, and the simple answer is that it's not necessary. Most tasting rooms charge a fee so that you can taste guilt-free. But a tip—especially when you've gotten great service—is always appreciated. So if you have spectacular service, if you're with a large group, or if you're served additional wine (beyond the fixed list), please consider tipping.

—Dr. Vinny

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