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About our Shore Excursions

The French Riviera is every tourist’s dream destination. And is that really any surprise? After all, the region is full of such wonderful attractions! Whether you want to sun it out on the beach, sample the very best of the local cuisine, explore the Riviera’s hidden gems or enjoy a fine wine experience, then you’ll be sure to find it right here on the Cote d’Azur.

Having worked in the tourism industry for so many years, we’ve come to understand what makes for a memorable experience. And we try to apply that to all of our tours and activities. During any of our shore excursions, you are in the hands of a trusted local expert with years of experience and vast knowledge of the region. They know the French Riviera like the back of their hand, so you can be sure to learn all the best tips and tricks to make the most out of your stay. Our guides are also here because they love working with people and sharing our unique culture with them. So don’t be afraid to interact and ask questions, our guides are only more than happy to help!

Yes, we do offer our fair share of general tours and activities. However, you miss out on the benefits of a personalized private tour. If you’re already travelling with a group, it only makes sense to want to enjoy the experience and make memories amongst yourselves. Something that may be difficult to do if you’re stuck in a group of 50 other rowdy tourists. What’s more, with our private tours and activities, you get to customize your day out. Want to stop off somewhere for lunch or organize transport to pick you up from your hotel? Then just let us know in advance and we’ll organize the ideal day out for you and your group in as little as 72 hours. Not to mention the personal attention that you’ll get from our knowledgeable guides. Escape the crows and get to know the city more intimately.

Arranging your most memorable holiday yet has never been easier than with our shore excursion packages. So get booking and don’t hesitate to contact us with any requests or queries. After all, your satisfaction is our top priority!

The same wine will be rated differently depending on the environment

We often have great opportunities to taste new wines. We must not deprive ourselves! These are often unique moments to discover a new region, a new grape variety, a small estate, or merely a new vintage.

However, you must know that depending on when and where you taste; you will not appreciate the wine in the same way. The environment plays on your judgment. Your physical fitness and your psychological predisposition also play.

It has already happened to us all that on a particular day, we strongly appreciate a glass of wine … and to have a different judgment a few days later. It is perfectly normal.

Suitable crockery is key 

To learn how to taste wine, preferably the fitted wine glass, ideally a tulip-shaped glass. It will allow the wine to aerate while concentrating the aromas on the upper part. A glass for each of the wines is the best way to discover the wine smell if you have to taste several at the same time is ideal. It allows us to better compare the wines among them.

Before you start tasting, let your wine cool down for about a minute. It will depend on the wine, but it needs to aerate after long months in its bottle.

In which order to taste the wines

It is best to start with less powerful wines. We do not necessarily talk about alcohol but a wine with a lot of lightness. The reason is, again, quite simple. If you start with a too powerful wine, the next ones will not be able to express their richness and their complexity.

In general, the more you go south, the more powerful the wines will be … but that’s just the theory! Indeed, each grape variety, each vineyard, each parcel may reveal specific characteristics of excellent wines.

Wine tasting tips: how to evaluate the wine?

There are as many ways to taste as tasters. To approach this question is, therefore, to rush into a very vast universe. But it’s also a lot easier than it seems. If you take pleasure in the tasting, it is that your method is the right one!

Anyway, it is not necessary to master all the lexicons of the sommelier. All you have to do is to have some ideas in mind that can better decode a wine. And as with any method, the experience will allow you to forge yours.

 

  1. The eye

You can admire the bubbles in a glass of champagne or the color of an old Sauternes. But forget those stories of the huge importance of the look of the glass of wine you are tasting.

The visual examination gives us little information. The dress of the wine (that is, its color) may indicate that a wine is more or less concentrated. But counter examples are legion. Some grape varieties (such as Pinot Noir) can be less dyer and give full-bodied wines. It is only in the context of a blind tasting that this phase is beneficial: it can indicate the age of the wine. We look then, not the color but the reflections.

For white wine, we will look at the reflections of the disc by placing his eye at the glass. A white wine first has green highlights, then silver, then gold and bronze. A white with silver highlights is likely to be a young wine, such as one or two-year-old wine.

For red wine, we bring the glass in front of a white sheet, and we look at it. The reflections are first of cherry or raspberry hue, to evolve towards the tile.

  1. The nose

The nose is analyzed in two stages: the first and second noses.

The First nose: we feel the wine without airing it, that is, without moving the glass. Generally, this nose is not very powerful. It is how we identify the defects of the wine. The aromas are still not present, the flaws “jump in the nose,” as the famous ” taste of cork,” also very noticeable on the nose.

The Second nose: we air the wine, and as it opens, its aromas are increased tenfold. Wine is a living product that reacts with aeration. If you do not feel anything, it may be that the wine still requires aeration (in the bottle or carafe). It is interesting to move your nose in your glass to detect new aromas.

But to recognize that a wine smells peony is not essential, far from it. Some points to know:

  • The winemaker does not add the aromas (well usually).
  • A wine that smells of rose did not macerate with petals.

And precisely, we can group 3 families of flavors:

  • The primary aromas that come from the grape (a wine made with Gewurztraminer, often expresses aromas of rose and lychee)
  • Secondary aromas: they come from fermentation.
  • Tertiary aromas: those are the aromas that come from breeding.
  1. The mouth

It is probably the most critical phase. It is essential to hold your glass by the foot. Because the grip of the glass will affect the place where the wine will arrive in our mouth. But the sensors of acidity, sweetness, bitterness, and acidity are not located in the same areas in the mouth. It will be necessary to turn the wine in the mouth to decrypt it completely.

It is even advisable to suck air at the same time (we speak of grumble wine) that we enjoy to air it. It is not rude to make noise while enjoying wine!

Finally, we will pay particular attention to the 3 phases:

  • The attack: we look mainly at its power: is it frank, flexible.
  • The mid-palate: this is when the flavors on the palate unfold with the acidity for the whites and the tannins for the reds. At this moment, we can analyze the texture of the wine.
  • The finale: to which flavors does wine evolve? And above all, how long does the wine persist in the mouth?

During a wine tasting, you will recognize a great award-winning wine to its ability to evolve in the mouth and to persist even once we have swallowed. Recall that it is perfectly reasonable to spit a great wine during a tasting.

So, if you want to know more about the many wine tasting events available in your area, get in touch with some of the best wine tasting event organizers and enjoy some fun evening with other wine enthusiasts.

Just keep in mind that a wine tasting evaluation is very personal, and you will each have a different appreciation, it is normal.