Archive for December, 2011

Tips and Tricks to Make You Seem Like a Wine Expert

December 27, 2011

Have you ever felt like you don’t know enough, or aren’t fancy enough to go to wine parties or wine tours because you’re not a wine expert? You can stop worrying after you read these easy tips and tricks to use on your next long island wine tour that will fool
anyone into thinking you’re a true wine connoisseur.

The Glass
The glass often says a lot about the wine. For example, wine glasses without stems are meant for red wines, because you are meant to hold them in the warmth of your hand, whereas white wines need a stem so that they will stay cold. Wine glasses have a lip that curves inward to facilitate swirling to release aromas, and tulip-shaped glasses are made specifically for wines the have complex aromas, so that it’s easier to swirl and release them. You want to pour about an inch at first, to taste. Then when actually serving, never
pour more than a third of a glass.

Wine Tasting
If you are going to taste several wines, begin with the lightest (sparkling wines, roses, light whites and then full-bodied whites) and progress to the heaviest (light reds to more full-bodied reds followed by dessert wines). Sipping water between wines can help preserve your palate. Start by noticing color, hold your glass against a white paper or napkin– white wines gain color as they age, and red wines lose color and become more burgundy and brown than red. After color, move on to smell, then sip. For the first few sips, let the wine sit in your mouth, and roll it over the tongue or “chew” on it before swallowing.

The Smell
One of the most notable aspects of a wine is the smell, so it is important to swirl the glass to release aromas, and don’t be shy about poking your nose in there; that’s how it’s done. Remember this acronym when looking for smells: F.F.E.W. This stands for F- fruit notes, look for three primary ones, F- floral scents, herbs, vegetables, E- earthy tones such as soil, mineral properties such as slate, limestone, and W – wood, like oak factors, baking spices, tobacco, chocolate, this says a lot about the barrel it was made in.

Over all, the most important thing is to savor the wine. True aficionados do not drink wine just to drink; they drink it because savoring it is so enjoyable. Do not comment on your opinion of the wine until everyone has tried it, it is wine tasting etiquette. Note the finish, or the last taste the wine leaves on your tongue, and comment on the complexity of the wine (how many tastes, smells, and color aspects there are).

The point of wine tasting is simply to find wines that you will thoroughly enjoy. There is no wrong or right answer, but if you know these simple facts and things to look for, those around you are sure to be impressed by your knowledge and know-how! So fear no more, and book your wine tour today!


Countdown in Style this Year with One of Our Classy NYC Limousines

December 20, 2011

As we draw to another closing year, it’s time to start making plans for New Years’ Eve. The countdown in Times Square is one of the most popular choices to experience the countdown, and if you haven’t done this before, it’s highly recommended sometime in your life. But Manhattan can be quite a busy area leading up to the countdown, and you could very easily lose your party in the madness. Limousines put you real close to the action and offer a luxurious way to experience the countdown.

Book your appointment with NYC area limousine service immediately. Reservations are filling up in a number of limousine companies, so it’s best to act fast if you want to get the right limousine for your group. Browse online to see the different limousine models offered and choose the best option according to price and interior accommodations for your specific needs. Depending on your party, you may not need certain options while other features may be mandatory. Consult with the limousine service to find the best model and make your deposit today.

Determine a single location for everyone to meet to save your party some time on the big night. A limousine can pick everyone up at a convenient location, but making individual stops can waste time when you’re on a strict schedule. This is the end of the year party, and you don’t want to waste a single moment!

Your Picture-Perfect NYC Wedding Limousine

December 16, 2011

Planning for your big day to take place in the big apple? It is by far the most romantic and magical setting you could have for this most special occasion, and if you want the elegant and flawless wedding of your dreams, then you need to put the cherry on top of your day and hire the perfect limousine!

With a NYC wedding limousine, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable entrance and departure. Wherever your wedding day takes you, there will be a touch of elegance and class to make your day shine even brighter, with a spacious limo that is roomy enough to safely fit that once-in-a-lifetime gown. You can have your limo tailored to meet your specific needs, by filling it with your favorite snacks -to quell those butterflies of anticipation in your stomach- or stock it with your favorite chilled wine or champagne when it’s time to celebrate!

The chauffeurs are familiar with the busy New York City streets; they are knowledgeable, professional and will take all of the stress out of transportation. You’ve probably gone through enough anxiety making sure that everything is as perfect as it possibly can be for this happy day; you should be able to rest assured that you will arrive on time and in style, and let yourself relax and enjoy the bliss of your wedding.

This is such an exciting time! And in your beautiful new life together, the memories of this day will live on forever. So make them extra special, give yourself the royal treatment for the day, and let the perfect limo to take you to your Happily Ever After!