Archive for April, 2010

Long Island Wineries to Visit On Your Next Limousine Tour

April 30, 2010

The Macari Vineyard is just one of the 23 wineries on Long Island you can visit while on a limousine tour.

There are 23 different wineries that are available to experience while on a Long Island limousine tour and all of them are spectacular. However, since you’ll probably only have time to see 3-5 different Long Island wineries during your tour, how will you choose which ones to visit, especially on your first trip? To help you make the decision, the next few blog posts will describe the different wineries, so you can not only get excited for your first wine tour, but also figure out which ones are a must-visit for you and your group.

Macari Vineyards & Winery: This winery is located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck and is owned and operated by the Macari family. It was established in 1995, but the property has been in the Macari family for about 50 years. The vineyard has 180 acres of vines with additional farmland that houses to cows, goats, Sicilian donkeys and ducks. The Macari family is dedicated to a more natural approach to winemaking and Joseph Macari, Jr. is recognized as a leader in the movement toward organic farming on Long Island. Critics have called the Macari’s wine “beguiling” and “complex” and their beautiful wine tasting area has lovely views overlooking the vineyard.

Waters Crest Winery: Located on the East End of Long Island, this family owned and operated winery produces wines made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chardonnay grapes. The tasting room has a barrel-and-marble bar with a view of where the wine is made. There’s also a Waters Crest Wine Club that allows members to sample new vintage wines straight from the barrel.

Bedell Cellars: Owned by Michael Lynne, the producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Nightmare on Elm Street, Hairspray and the Austin Powers films, this winery is among the oldest on the North Fork of Long Island. During your limousine tour visit, you’ll be able to sample Bedell’s blends called Taste, Gallery and Musée. The property include 100 acres of vineyards and winery that was completed in 2005. The tasting room is actually a renovated potato barn that was built in 1919 and contains a collection of contemporary art. The property also boasts an outdoor tasting pavilion that gives visitors are view of the vineyard and farmland.

Palmer Vineyards: Once described as “Long Island’s most important winery,” Palmer Vineyards takes pride in each wine they produce. They have a wide variety of wines, and their large wine tasting area has a breathtaking view of the property. Palmer wines are sold in many stores across the country and can also be found in top restaurants such as Gallaghers Steak House, Fultons Crabhouse and The View Restaurant.
Stay tuned next week to hear about even more beautiful wineries that are available to visit during a Long Island limousine tour from Five Towns Limo.

A Guide To The Types Of White Wine You’ll See On A Long Island Limousine Tour

April 22, 2010

Sample many types of delicious wine while on a delightful Long Island limousine wine tour.

Last time we discussed the types of red wine you will come across when on a Long Island limousine wine tour. White wine tends to be much sweeter and lighter than most red wines. This makes white wine more popular with people who aren’t usually big wine drinkers. White wine can be dry or sweet and some varieties can be made bubbly or still. Here is an outline of the most common types of white wine so you will know what to expect on your Long Island limousine tour.

  • Chardonnay: This was the most popular white grape in the 1990s, and can be made sparkling or still. It is nice to pair with fish or chicken dishes and is a wide-bodied wine with rich citrus flavors. When it is fermented in new oak barrels it adds a buttery flavor of vanilla, toast, coconut and toffee.
  • Pinot Grigio: This wine is a little dryer, but has a pleasant fruity flavor that improves after a few years in the bottle. It’s very versatile and can be paired with many different dishes.
  • Riesling: Riesling can be dry or sweet, but is generally much lighter than Chardonnay. It has a fresh taste with a hint of apples, and the flavor improves greatly with age. Dry versions of Riesling pair well with meals that contain fish, chicken and pork.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: This wine is great with seafood, poultry and salads. It’s flavor usually consists of apples, pears and gooseberries or tropical fruits like melon, mango and blackcurrant.
  • Muscat: This wine is best on its own, without being paired with food. It generally has a sweet and fruity taste.

These white wines are light and fruity, perfect for a spring or summer afternoon in the country. Now when you are on your next Long Island limousine wine tour, you’ll be able to know beforehand which wines you will be interested in sampling and you’ll impress your friends with your wine knowledge. Reserve a Five Towns limo today.

A Guide to Types of Red Wine for Wine Tours on Long Island

April 16, 2010

If you are going on a wine tour in Long Island and want to know a little bit more about each wine you’ll be able to taste, read this guide of the 8 most common types of red wine and what kind of meal they are best paired with.

  • Shiraz: Usually has aromas and flavors of wild black fruit with black pepper spice and roasting meat. The fruit flavors are usually complimented by warm alcohol and tannins. Shiraz varieties are usually hearty, spice red wines.
  • Merlot: Usually as blackcherry, plum and hebal flavors. It’s easy to drink, making it the “introduction” wine for many new red-wine drinkers. It’s a great wine to drink with any meal.
  • Pinot Noir: The aromas are very fruity, containing cherry, strawberry and plum with notes of tea-leaf, damp earth and worn leather. It’s delicate and fresh with soft tannins and is great to drink with grilled salmon, chicken and lamb.
  • Zinfandel: This is a very versatile wine grape, which can make White Zinfandel, a blush wine, as well as rich, heavy red wines. It usually has a zesty flavor with berry and pepper and is best to drink with tomato-sauce pastas, pizza and grilled barbecued meat.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: It’s a full-bodied wine that is often blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It has notes of bell pepper, and some have vanilla. It’s best to drink with simply prepared red meat.
  • Barbera: This wine is similar to Merlot and like Merlot, is nice to drink with any meal. It has a silky texture with tastes of black cherry and plum.
  • Malbec: This wine is usually easy to drink that has flavors of plum, berry and spice. It’s great to drink with all kinds of meats and can be blended with other wines such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to make Bordeaux style wines.
  • Sangiovese: This is a medium-bodied wine that contains berry and plum flavors and is a lovely choice for Italian or Mediterranean-style meals.

These are only the red wines that wine tours in Long Island can offer you. Stay tuned next time for the variety of white wines that will graze your palette during your time at Long Island’s breathtaking Wine Country.