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The Basics to Serving Wine

Once you’ve found a wine you love, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Everyone has a personal preference on how they enjoy certain foods and beverages, but with wine there are certain techniques that can help to enhance the flavour, aroma, and overall experience of the wine in hand.
Questions to Ask During a Wine Tour

4 Questions to Ask During a Wine Tour

A wine tour presents the perfect opportunity to explore different wines. Not only do you have a chance to try a variety of wines, but you can learn about them, too! Our wine expert guides are more than happy to answer questions and teach you all about the wines as you tour through Niagara Wine Country. It’s important that you ask questions during your wine tour. This is the best time to learn about certain wines, which can help you identify trends with your favourites. Wine shopping will be a much smoother experience in the future once you have a better idea of what factors contribute to your personal palette.
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4 Steps to a Great Wine Tasting Party

A Niagara Vintage Wine Tour is the perfect opportunity to begin planning a successful wine tasting party. A tour will introduce you to the basics of wine tasting and provide you with a useful resource guide that’s perfect for entertaining.

Why Host A Wine Tasting Party?

There are many perks to hosting a wine tasting at your home. Why not invite a group of your wine-loving family and friends over to enjoy a night of fabulous wines and quality time? Now the question is, how do you host a successful wine tasting party? In four simple steps, you will be well on your way to an enjoyable night full of laughter, loved ones, and of course, wine!
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Wine Tasting Tips

Wine Tasting Atmosphere

The surrounding atmosphere can affect your wine tasting. If there is a strong scent, for example of perfume or food, it can affect the way you react to an aroma. A noisy or crowded room can also have a negative effect on a wine tasting. Here you are more likely to be distracted from the wine in your glass. If your wine tasting atmosphere isn’t your cup of tea (or glass of wine), simply try moving to a more neutral environment. The atmosphere may be more favourable on the other side of the room, or a different room altogether. The tasting staff at the wineries during your Niagara Vintage Wine Tour will be able to advise you of the most neutral atmosphere available.
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When is the Best Season for a Wine Tour?

The best time of year for a wine tour is now! Wine tours can be enjoyable all year long.  What season you book a tour in completely depends on your personal preference. Spring and Autumn often present more ideal times to book a wine tour in Niagara due to moderate weather. On days where the weather ranges from 12°C to 22°C you may find it to be the most comfortable, since there is some walking involved. Most can wear a comfortable and light outfit and bring along a sweater or jacket, just in case.

What Wines Should I Serve at My Wedding?

There’s no doubt about it – planning a wedding can be stressful! There are many different aspects that need to be taken into consideration and details accounted for.  This includes the food and drinks that are served at the reception. If you plan on having wine served at your wedding, it may be wise to explore wines that will pair best with your wedding food and suit the tastes of your guests. A Niagara Vintage Wine Tour provides a great opportunity to explore different wines that you could serve at your wedding. For more information about Niagara-on-the-Lake wine tours, contact us today.
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The Best Way to Store Your Wine

The fact that wine needs to be stored properly to maintain peak quality is common knowledge. However, knowing how to store wines properly is not as common. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid the negative effects of improper storage on a wine’s colour, nose, or taste. For some people, the change may be too subtle to notice or may attribute it to other factors. But if you enjoy wine, storing it properly will ensure maximum quality when you are ready to open that bottle. So what constitutes proper storage? That depends on whether your bottle is unopened or opened.
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How to Store Opened Wine

It’s important to store your leftover wine properly. This ensures that the flavour and aroma last longer once the bottle has been opened. Unopened wine can be stored for years, but once opened it will only last for a few days. Once you have found a new favourite wine from a Niagara-on-the-Lake winery you should be able to enjoy it until the very last drop! You can inquire about the best ways to store wine and more tips and tricks during your Niagara Vintage Wine Tour.
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Wine Lingo and What it Means

When on your Niagara-on-the-Lake wine tour you may hear wines being described with words such as earthy and balanced. To a wine-novice, this may sound unappealing, although once you learn the wine lingo – you will understand that these words are describing a great wine! Being aware of what popular wine lingo means can help you to understand what certain labels mean, ask more in-depth questions and follow along with ease. Understanding the basics of wine terminology can help to improve your overall experience during your Niagara wine tour.


It’s Harvest Time in Niagara Wine Country!

The wines you will taste a few months and years from now will come from this year’s harvest.  While you are enjoying last year’s wine on one of our tours, viticulturists are busy in the vineyards. Will it be an exceptional vintage year?  September to October is typically the harvest period for Niagara On The Lake wineries.  Wineries in Niagara will base their decision on the ripeness of the grape. This is measured by the sugar, acid and tannin levels. The style of wine they wish to make will determine the sought after levels of each component.

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