Escape to the Cowichan Valley in luxury and style with LimoRide Co’s Limo Wine Tours
Your limousine wine tour starts at the destination of your choosing, usually before 10:00 am. We then take a scenic southern drive to visit some of the beautiful Cowichan Valley Wineries.
Wine tasting and tours are all about fun, and most people touring and tasting are not just in it to learn about wine, but also to enjoy a variety of different wines and wine styles. On the majority, people are not wine connoisseurs, they ‘re just out to have a great day, and perhaps learn a little bit about the wine making process along the way.
There are always suggested methods of wine tasting, but there are no actual rules to follow (or be broken!) Relax, enjoy, have fun, and remember, wine is a process of discovery!
There are no prerequisites. Simply have an open mind and let the experience guide your adventure. So, forget about all those stuffy rules you think you have to follow when you’re out on a wine tour. Just relax and open yourself up to new flavours and experiences.
It’s a fabulous way to spend a day with family and friends, or perhaps something different for a special Birthday, bachelor-ette, or just because. Let us know if it’s a special event as we will decorate the limousines to match your theme or colours.
That said, if it’s your first time on a wine tour, and you’d like a little “knowledge”. Here are some handy tips for your first endeavour into wine touring and tastings:
KEEP YOUR MIND AND SENSES OPEN
You may have tried a Chardonnay at a restaurant and maybe you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like a Chardonnay. Chardonnay is often referred to as the “winemaker’s grape”, as it takes very well to a wide range of wine-making techniques. Simply put, you can taste several Chardonnays and each one is going to be different. So feel free to give it a chance. The same can be said for reds and sparklers!
The staff at the wineries will tell you all about each wine you are going to be tasting, whether the grapes are grown locally at the vineyard, imported, or a mixed blend. Feel free to ask them what food they might suggest each wine be paired with.
If you don’t know whether you like sweet or dry, red or white or bubbly wines, simply be open to the staff’s suggestions, chances are, you’ll have a variety to choose from. You never know, you might just stumble upon your next new favorite!
Wine tours are a great way to learn about wine, but it’s also an opportunity to learn about the people behind the winery. Is it a family owned and operated estate? How did they get into the wine industry? What’s their winemaking philosophy? Is it worth all of the hard work?
Getting to know the people behind the business opens up new avenues you can explore when you visit other wineries. What makes them different? How are they the same? Wine tasting is not just about the wine, it’s about the people behind it, and their experiences.
USE ALL OF YOUR SENSES
Wine is a sensory experience that engages all of your senses, even your hearing! Observe the wine before you taste. Make note of the colour, clarity, and the viscosity in the glass. Next, SMELL the wine. Interestingly enough, most wines don’t taste like they smell. see if there are any aromas in the glass that you recognize … flowers, spices, minerals, earth? Anything’s possible and everyone smells and tastes differently.
When you sip the wine, swish it around in your mouth a bit before you swallow. Notice the sensations in your mouth: if there’s a tingle at the tip of your tongue, the wine is usually on the sweeter side. If it tingles at the sides of your tongue, that’s the acidity. Bitterness on the back of your tongue is tannin, which gives a drying sensation in the mouth (like an over-steeped tea bag). If you feel heat at the back of your throat, that’s a sign of high alcohol. Is it silky, rustic, or is it full-bodied and voluptuous, is it light and fruity? Every single wine is different, just like every person’s senses are different.
DON’T JUDGE ON FIRST TASTE
Wine is a living thing, and it changes when it contacts with your body’s temperature, the air temperature, and the saliva in your mouth. Allow the wine to unfold on your palate. Notice the flavors as they change, and take note of how long those flavours linger in your mouth before and after you swallow. This is called the “finish”. A long, complex finish is an indicator of a highly concentrated wine.
I hope these tips help you out if you’re a first timer to the wine tasting scene.
Happy tasting, and here’s to becoming a connoisseur!