I am very excited about my upcoming trip to Napa. Someone mentioned that most of the wines we taste probably will need to be cellared a few years before they're ready to drink. So here's my question: When tasting wines before their prime, what am I looking for? How can people tell that a wine will be good in a few years?
Also, I have visited numerous wineries over the years without making appointments. I usually split a tasting with my companion. However, at the wineries we plan to visit, all require appointments and need to know how many are in our party. My feeling is that in these cases, it would be inappropriate to split tastings as they expect to make a certain amount of money for their time. What are your thoughts?