I'm going to a wine tasting and vineyard tour event. There's also a bit of networking opportunities to be had. Any ideas of what to wear? My natural instinct always leads me to a waistcoat. Maybe a suit. Maybe a tweed jacket. But if I'm touring a vineyard, there's a possibility it could be muddy. Then there's the wine tasting and networking with possible future employees, I still need to be on top form with my clothes. Any ideas?
In Napa, nice jeans, non-shiny leather shoes, belt to match shoes, long-sleeve button-down, sport coat, no tie
Don't know about other wine-growing regions
ETA: Don't worry about mud in Napa for another year. :-(
Outdoors tasting: Dress shoes, stylish blue jeans, a polo style shirt and semi casual sport jacket is fine.
If the tasting is indoors, dress one step up from that.
If the tasting is in a restaurant, dress one more step up from that.
If the tasting is a fundraiser, you're going to be one step away from a tuxedo.
Oh, I forgot to say I'm in England. How I would love to be going to Napa!
England (And the european wine world in general) tends to be just a touch more formal than in America. You can still go by the same basic guidelines though. It's a little more formal there because the education level of wine professionals is a little higher. Here in the states, the wine world is sales based, where as in Europe it's based more on oenology and traditional practices. So they don't really expect you to be dressed all that much better than the expectation in America, but in Europe it's a little easier to get the hairy eyeball from people if you say something that shows you have no idea what you are talking about.
Hint: Don't act like you know what you are doing if you don't. You can openly say you have no idea what you are doing, and that is fine. You'll get almost annoyed by the number of people who want to take you by the arm and show you around. If you handle it the opposite way, it becomes harder to engage and when you do, you will say something incorrect and you'll get the cold shoulder. Just relax, be honest, have a great time. Wine is more about the socializing than it is the wine.
Should you either of you ever come out, note that UC Davis is NOT Napa, unless you're going to a fine arts performance.
In San Luis Obispo you can wear 501s and a t shirt to anything.
SLO does not have a world-class program in oenology.
Thank's, that's the sort of thing I had in mind.
Depends on the vineyard. Depends on the reason for your visit. The nature of the event should at least partially dictate the attire. The personality of the vineyard, its staff and its owners dictates the rest.
If you're going for a specific event or function, you could always creep the event's social media sites to see pictures from previous events to get an idea of the attire.
If you're going just for fun then "come as you are". Or, if you're uptight about that kind of stuff, creep their social media pages, go through the pics and mirror what you see.
The vineyard is putting on the event to show its new products to retailers. It includes a tour around the vineyard and its facilities. Its a good networking opportunity for me.