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Niagara College Teaching Winery

135 Taylor Road, Niagara On The Lake

Tour, Tasting and Lunch for Two, Four, or Eight at Niagara College Teaching Winery (Up to 0% Off)

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Highlights

Patrons tour the winery with experts and learn the process behind crafting the award-winning wines

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NathalieTOP REVIEWER
13 ratings9 reviews
February 28, 2020
Great selection of beer and wine samples and thorough tour. Extras thrown in at the end was nice. Cider tasting selection post tour was great too and a nice perk. Only room for improvement is Antipasto's sandwich and dessert does not compare to the food they make in the culinary program at Niagara College....had been hoping for Niagara College made yummies.
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Caitlan
1 ratings1 reviews
February 27, 2020
Knowledgeable staff, delicious wine and beer, beautiful location and an all around wonderful experience. Highly recommend!
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ArinTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
7 ratings5 reviews
February 22, 2020
Very friendly and accommodating. I was almost an hour late due to an emergency at my hotel and they were so sweet and understanding and just allowed me to relax and enjoy the experience.
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Jennifer
1 ratings1 reviews
February 11, 2020
We had an excellent tour guide for the wine tour and beer tour. The lunch was very good and the tastings were well chosen as well. We would definitely do the tour/lunch again!
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Guest
1 ratings1 reviews
February 9, 2020
Our tour guides were incredible and it was the highlight of our trip. Would definitely recommend it and will do it again! Great value and amazing presentation.
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Vicki-Lynn
1 ratings1 reviews
January 9, 2020
I would definitely go agian liked both the wine and beer and was nice to have the lunch included.
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paul
3 ratings2 reviews
January 8, 2020
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful grounds. Fun tour. Tasty lunch. GREAT wine samples! Fun!!!
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jenn
2 ratings1 reviews
January 8, 2020
Great value for money. Great guides. Delicious wine and beer. Yummy lunch!
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What You'll Get

Choose from Three Options

  • C$38 for award-winning winery tour, tasting, and lunch for two (C$38 value)
  • C$75 for award-winning winery tour, tasting, and lunch for four (C$75 value)
  • C$145 for award-winning winery tour, tasting, and lunch for eight (C$145 value)

Each pair receives:

  • Lunch ($8.00 value)
  • Tour and tasting ($30.00 value)
  • $10 gift certificate for a Dean’s List Icewine ($10.00 value)

Wine Aeration: Breathing Out the Bad

Whether you swirl it, decant it, or leave it out, wine is changed by interaction with the air around it. Learn how its flavor transforms for the better with Groupon’s guide to aeration.

Drink wine with seasoned oenophiles and you may notice some strange rituals: lots of sniffing, swirling, and slurping usually takes place before they reach the bottom of the glass. They may even uncork the bottle and leave it out for an hour or two, or perhaps pour it into an oddly shaped vessel or through a futuristic-looking spigot. This is called aeration, or simply letting the wine breathe.

The latter description may actually be more precise. Aeration exists not so much to let air in as to let other stuff out—namely, sulfides, sulfites, and tannins. Sulfides are a natural byproduct of the winemaking process, and although wineries strive to keep them out of the finished bottle, they’re impossible to avoid completely. Although nearly 100 types of sulfides can be found in wine, there are only 10 that mess with a wine’s aroma. Uncork a wine with these compounds and you’re liable to smell anything from rotten eggs to burnt rubber. Sulfites, in contrast, are a class of antioxidants added by winemakers to keep products from spoiling, aging unpredictably, or growing up to hang out with wine coolers. Many believe they mask desirable flavors that might otherwise develop over time, or they may simply release a burnt smell upon uncorking.

Tannins, the third sip-spoiling culprit, impart a bitter flavor and an astringent mouthfeel. When you bite into an unripe banana or a raw walnut, tannins are what you taste; plants produce this molecule as defense against being eaten before their seeds are ready to be spread. Tannins come from the grape’s seeds, stem, and skin—which is why red wine is generally more tannic—but also from the wooden barrels the wine is aged in. Tannins help give reds character, but they can also can dominate the palate and overwhelm subtler notes.

Wine aeration seems to help break down these readily vaporized compounds, opening up the bouquet and bringing forth more pleasing flavors. Although the traditional method is simply to open the bottle and leave it out for one to two hours, a bevy of aeration tools helps those who can’t wait for that first sip. Wide-bottomed decanters expose the wine to oxygen by increasing its surface area and its motion while also allowing the sediment that clouds many older vintages to settle. Other devices fit on or into the bottle in order to swirl and expand the wine during the pour. In general, the older and more delicate the wine, the less aeration time it will need—leave it out too long and the delightful complexities and inspiration to start speaking French will begin to drift away as well.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Subject to availability. Online reservation required at least 72 hours in advance. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. from May to October, and 11:30 a.m. from November to April. Click here to view available dates and additional details. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gift(s). Valid only for option purchased. May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 19 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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