Posts Tagged ‘Long Island Limo Wine Tours’

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.

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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.

Etiquette Tips to Follow on a Long Island Limo Wine Tour

April 12, 2010

Knowing the proper etiquette for a Long Island limo wine tour beforehand will enable you and your party to have plenty of fun without feeling nervous about doing something new.

If you’ve never been to a winery or on a Long Island limo wine tour before, it’s nice to know what to expect and the proper etiquette to display while tasting the many different wines the Long Island wineries have to offer. It’s common for many people to have questions about what is polite while inside a winery if they have never been to one or if they are not wine drinkers. Following these tips will prepare you for your Long Island wine tour to make sure you have plenty of fun without offending the local wine makers.

  • In a winery’s tasting room, white wines are generally tasted first, followed by red and then dessert wines. Usually, lighter-bodies wines precede fuller-bodied ones. Water and crackers are usually offered to cleanse the palate between each wine. You may also use the water to cleanse the glass when switching from whites to reds to dessert wine.
  • Proper wine tasting technique: Notice the color and clarity of each glass of wine. Swirl the wine in your glass by rotating your wrist. Smell the wine by placing your nose just over the tip of the wine glass. Notice the different aromas. Then finally, taste each wine carefully by rolling it over your tongue for a few seconds before you swallow. Savor each sip.
  • If the winery has a sheet of tasting notes make sure to read over and see if you notice any of the aromas or flavors listed.
  • Correct wine etiquette doesn’t require you to finish every glass. Wineries provide jars to dispose of excess wine. Don’t feel like you need to sample every wine offered, only taste what appeals to you.
  • If you request a second tasting of a particular wine, while on your Long Island limo wine tour, it’s an indication that you are interested in purchasing the wine. This means it’s pleasant to your palate and a fine quality of wine.

By knowing what to expect and following these tips before embarking on your Long Island limo wine tour, you will feel more comfortable with a new experience and know what to do to get the most out of your day. Five Towns Limo offers luxury limousine tours of the beautiful Long Island wine country, complete with gourmet lunches for your group.