Summerland Waterfront Resort Hotel in the Okanagan British Columbia, Canada » wine Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:28:45 +0000 en hourly 1 Wine Tasting Tips Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:37:02 +0000 admin The Okanagan wineries are known for being the home of vintners and also a vibrant community as well. The Okanagan Valley is well known for its wine production and for having over 100 different wineries. BC wines are always ranked among some of the best wine in the entire world during many international competitions. BC wine was also given over ten different prestigious awards in other major renowned international competitions.

You can go on a variety of wine tours at Summerland whether you are an experienced collector or a beginner in the subject, you will be delighted by BC’s produce and landscapes. Make sure that you go on these wine tours with your spouse, as it will be memorable for both of you. You don’t need to worry about your children getting bored while you go on these tours, as there are many things they can do. Summerland has boat rentals, skiing, golf, water sports and lots of local events. If they are joining on your wine tour, wineries often have non-alcoholic wines which will get the kids involved and feeling very “grown-up”.

Attending wine tasting events can be a great experience and a lot of fun, although a lot of people choose not to attend out of fear – or not knowing what to do or what to expect. Here are some quick tips that can help you get going:

  • At wine tastings, you’ll need to look at the wine, smell it, then after swirling it around in the glass – taste it.  Once you have smelled the wine, you should allow a few moments to take in the smell and think about the wine that you are smelling. When you put the wine in your mouth, you should always swish it around in your mouth for a few seconds, and allow the flavors plenty of time to dance on your palate.    After swallowing the wine, the aftertaste that remains in your mouth should give you even more of an idea as to the type and flavor of the wine.
  • Although acidity is great with wine, too much of it will leave a very sharp taste, so be prepared.  With the right levels, acidity will bring the flavors of the grape and fruits alive in your mouth – providing you with the perfect taste.
  • Another effect of flavor are tannins, which are the proteins found in the skins of grapes and other fruits.  If a wine has the right amount of tannins, it will give your tongue a great feel, and bring in the sensations of the other flavors.  Once a wine starts to age, the tannins will begin to breakdown in the bottle, giving you a softer feel to the taste.  Tannins are essential for the taste of wine – providing the wine has been properly aged.

Making wine and understanding wine can certainly be complex but finding a wine you love doesn’t have to be.  Great wine does not have to expensive or exotic, it just has to be delicious to you.  So keep in mind that nothing accounts for taste.

Savour your next great wine at the latest, most exciting discovery in Okanagan wine at Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive. Experience spectacular wineries and the rolling hills of the surrounding agricultural landscape with Summerland Resort’s Bottleneck Drive Wine Tour Package – coming this summer 2012.   The Okanagan’s Spring Wine Fest is just around the corner running May 03 – May 13 – stay tuned to our blog for updates and tips on some hot Wine Fest events.


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