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This is our weblog on interesting people, foods, wines, place we come across over the course of our travels. We hope you enjoy these highlights and tips as much as we do.
The Rise And Rise Of Merlot
2022-01-14 13:05
Merlot, the resplendent red grape variety of Bordeaux, achieved massive notoriety in 2004. The impetus was the Oscar-winning film Sideways. During a brilliant scene, the lead character Miles… Read More
Pomace Brandy: Marc De Bourgogne
2021-12-31 12:36
Recently, a leading university in California made a remarkable discovery. After conducting several experiments, scientists at the UC Davis in California found that grape pomace (the grape sk… Read More
The Origins Of The Méthode Champenoise
2021-12-23 10:59
What is Méthode Champenoise? Sparkling wine can be made almost anywhere if you have the correct equipment. It is an expanding global enterprise (despite what the Champenoise would hav… Read More
Guide To Italian Red Wine
2021-12-08 15:54
The length and breadth of Italian red wine Italy wrote the book on viticultural diversity. A nation of just over 59 million people boasts a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties and e… Read More
Tuscany’s Best Kept Secret: Canaiolo
2021-11-19 09:03
In the rolling hills between Florence and Siena, there is a grape variety with ancient origins. It has been part of this timeless landscape for centuries, providing color, acidity, and verve… Read More
The Refosco Family Reunion
2021-11-12 12:01
Refosco has spent over a century shrouded in anonymity. Cultivated in discrete corners of northeastern Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, the name ‘Refosco’ is only occasionally menti… Read More
Lagrein Grape Variety Finds Its Roots
2021-10-29 06:40
Sommeliers often remark that certain wine styles and regions sell themselves. After all, most collectors are (self-certified) experts when it comes to the Cru Classé estates of B… Read More
Teroldego: Jewel Of The Italian Alps
2021-10-20 07:28
First-time visitors often believe that the Tuscan cliché defines Italy’s entire landscape. This is perfectly understandable: the rolling hills, olive groves, and sweeping vistas… Read More
Nerello Mascalese’s Great Revival
2021-09-24 14:51
The wine trade is unanimous: Nerello Mascalese is the most exciting grape variety cultivated in Sicily today. One might even believe that it was created in a lab, custom-built to receive hig… Read More
Montepulciano’s Rising Star
2021-09-17 07:09
Montepulciano grape is something of an outlier among Italy’s eclectic palette of red grape varieties. It lacks the international renown of Sangiovese (although it is Italy’s seco… Read More
2021-08-27 14:10
What is Aglianico Wine? Italy has a thousand distinct grape varieties, each adapted to a niche in the country’s incredibly diverse landscape. Sadly, many of these wonders remained loca… Read More
The Spice Of Sicily: Nero D’Avola
2021-08-14 09:31
Although the key ingredient in Sicily’s viticulture lacks the global renown of Merlot, every Sicilian will tell you that Nero d’Avola can make spectacular wine. Not even the pung… Read More
Umbrian Cuisine: What To Eat
2021-08-05 11:17
Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria and its forest laden landscape are nestled in the center of the country. As the only Italian region lacking a coastline, Umbrian cuisine encompasses… Read More
Spain’s Red Wine Miracle
2021-07-29 11:46
Spain’s viticultural landscape is anchored in both tradition and modernity. Vines have been cultivated since Roman times, and the nation has more vineyards than any global wine produce… Read More
Venetian Cuisine
2021-07-12 20:25
Every year travelers flock to the Veneto to visit the region’s world-famous capital, Venice. A city built on the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is a worthwhile destination full of ancient his… Read More
Monastrell: Spain’s Hidden Gold
2021-07-01 09:51
Over the past 15 years, Spain has been re-evaluating its viticultural priorities. At the turn of the Millennium, the Iberian Peninsula was overwhelmingly associated with one red grape variet… Read More
Tuscan Cuisine
2021-05-22 19:52
What is typical Tuscan food? As a world-renowned travel destination, Tuscany has stolen the hearts of many. Located in Central Italy, idyllic landscapes of verdant hills and valleys encompa… Read More
2021-04-25 09:25
What kind of wine is Vin Santo? There is an abundance of diverse wines waiting to be discovered in Italy. Over 350 grape varieties are authorized for commercial wine production; this include… Read More
Amarone’s Ascent
2021-04-20 12:35
Guide to Amarone Wine Amarone della Valpolicella is one of Italy’s true classics. In English, Amarone [pronunciation – aa·muh·row·nei] roughly translates as… Read More
2021-03-27 09:38
An Introduction to Sangiovese Grape and its Wine Italy’s most-planted red grape variety comes in a multitude of guises. Sangiovese [pronunciation: san·jow·vei·zuh]… Read More
A Burgundy Cheese Platter
2021-03-24 12:43
Burgundy Cheese and Pairings by Nikki Dickerson As the world’s second-largest wine producer, France is home to several prestigious wine regions. Yet, there is one region renowned above… Read More
Insiders Guide To Visiting Lyon, France
2021-02-08 16:08
Beautiful, dynamic, exciting, and buzzy, Lyon is France’s third-largest city and home to some of the country’s best restaurants and famous chefs. Straddling the great Saône… Read More
Introduction To Marsala Wine
2021-01-27 12:44
What is Marsala Wine and Where Does to Come From? Sicily represents Italy’s most exciting winemaking frontier. After a long period of stagnation and over-production, this gorgeous Medi… Read More
Spain’s Famous Noble Tempranillo Grape
2020-12-05 13:40
Great terroir may influence a regional wine style’s nuances, but it is the raw materials that enable the magic to happen. Fortunately, Spain has both. The Iberian Peninsula boasts some… Read More
Spain’s Famous Nobile Tempranillo Grape
2020-12-05 13:40
Great terroir may influence a regional wine style’s nuances, but it is the raw materials that enable the magic to happen. Fortunately, Spain has both. The Iberian Peninsula boasts some… Read More
Introduction To The Magic Of Sancerre
2020-11-25 13:16
French Sancerre White Wine If one change has dominated the last 40 years, it is undoubtedly shifting emphasis from place to grape. In Europe, the name of a wine, with few exceptions, was its… Read More
Best Gourmet Food & Wine Shops In Madrid
2020-11-07 11:19
Madrid, Spain’s exciting and beautiful capital city, offers a smörgåsbord of world-famous art museums and historical landmarks, but for us, the biggest attraction is the foo… Read More
Insiders Guide To Visiting Porto
2020-11-03 14:54
Porto is one of Europe’s most vibrant and fascinating cities. While very much “on the radar” for food and wine lovers and culture vultures, Porto is thankfully not saturate… Read More
2020-11-01 22:00
After more than 45 years of reinvention and revolution, it is tempting to conclude that Tuscany’s wine renaissance has ended. Spearheaded by pioneering winemakers such as Piero Antinor… Read More
What Are Super Tuscan Wines?
2020-10-26 14:45
“Super Tuscan” is a wine term that you may have come across before but not known what it means, are we right? So what is the definition of “Super Tuscan” exactly? Sup… Read More
2020-10-01 22:00
Spain’s cuisine is fascinating, varied, and influenced by many diverse cultures, from the Moors, Sephardic Jews, and Latin America. Dishes so ubiquitous in Spanish cooking now (Spanish… Read More
How To Store And Serve Champagne
2020-09-28 07:28
For any visitor to Reims, the sight is instantly recognizable; row upon row of bottles being stored horizontally in the ancient and majestic chalk cellars of Champagne. Hidden underground, t… Read More
The Best Wine Hotels In Piedmont
2020-09-15 10:35
Piedmont’s wine country in Northwest Italy is spectacularly beautiful and varied from the dramatic valleys overshadowed by the Alps to the sparkling lakes, and of course to the fairyta… Read More
Best Champagne Houses To Visit
2020-08-30 22:00
Which Champagne houses to visit? Champagne is perhaps the most famous and simultaneously misunderstood of all the great wine regions of France. These hallowed vineyards – found east o… Read More
Irish Craft Beer
2020-08-16 22:00
The Microbrewery Revolution Ireland has enjoyed a prosperous brewing culture for over 200 years. In the late 18th century, there was an explosion in the brewing industry – by the begin… Read More
The Best Wine Hotels In Tuscany
2020-08-13 10:15
Tuscany Vineyard Hotels Wine lovers in Tuscany are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful vineyards, charming restaurants, and quaint family-run wine estates; however, luxurious and s… Read More
Barolo: The King Of Wines
2020-08-09 22:00
Barolo can genuinely claim to be the King of Italian wines; produced in the Northern Italian region of Piedmont from that most individual of grapes – Nebbiolo. The wine offers a unique… Read More
An Introduction To Sardinian Wines
2020-08-05 12:07
Sardinian Wine It takes a stony disposition not to be captivated by Sardinia. Even if you cannot surrender yourself to the pristine beaches, hilltop villages, and benign climate, then the in… Read More
India – Wine’s New Frontier?
2020-08-01 09:26
India is a country with an ancient wine-making tradition and a new and emerging wine-producing industry. Vineyards are multiplying, quality is rising, and urban Indians are slowly but surely… Read More
The Ten Rarest Wine Grape Varieties
2020-07-28 16:55
10 Grape Types You Probably Never Heard of Grape Varieties continue to play an essential role in the wine’s language, which is why ‘varietal labeling’ has become so common… Read More
Most Beautiful Rental Castles In Italy
2020-07-13 14:26
Staying in a castle in Italy is one of the most romantic and unforgettable experiences you could imagine. Having the whole castle to yourself is happiness at an entirely higher level! We hav… Read More
The Best  Pinot Noir From Around The World
2020-06-21 11:06
Pinot Noir was put on this earth to frustrate winemakers and excite oenophiles. In the best years and from the best sites, aficionados of the grape expect (but don’t always get) an exq… Read More
Portugal: Luxury Travel Post Covid-19
2020-06-16 13:03
Safe Private Travel in Portugal,  post-Corona Virus Alentejo Algarve Azores Douro Valley When the current Covid-19 crisis finally recedes, there is one thing we are all going to want… Read More
Champagne Vs Sparkling Wines
2020-05-21 12:41
Top Quality Alternative Sparkling Wines The sparkling wine world is infinitely more complex, diverse, and exciting than the Champenoise would like you to believe. Benefiting from an extraord… Read More
The Top Icon Wines Of Chile
2020-04-23 14:22
The very best Chilean wines: It is incredibly easy to fall in love with Chile – the landscape, its gregarious people, and, of course, the excellent wines. Nothing can prepare you for y… Read More
What Is Crème De Cassis Liqueur?
2020-03-20 07:50
Burgundy’s legendary blackcurrant liqueur Every gastronome, sybarite, and bon viveur owes Burgundy a monumental debt of gratitude. No other region has given so much in return for so l… Read More
Italian Sparkling Wine
2020-03-12 22:00
The unsung diversity of Italian sparkling wine A leading winemaker once proclaimed to Cellar Tours that “Italy is one of the great unsung heroes of the sparkling wine world.” Suc… Read More
Bordeaux Vs Burgundy: Battle Of The Titans
2020-03-07 11:04
What’s the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux? In 2015, esteemed wine writers Jancis Robinson MW and Hugh Johnson hosted a landmark event in London: Bordeaux Vs Burgundy. The deb… Read More
What Does Bordeaux First Growth Mean?
2020-02-28 07:33
The 1855 Bordeaux classification: the creation of an elite In 1855, the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce took an unprecedented step which would transform the fortunes of the Medoc region. After… Read More
What Are The Best Irish Whiskeys?
2020-02-21 19:29
Best Irish whiskey brands Twenty years ago, proselytizing about Irish whiskey was an endeavor fraught with problems. Any list of top Irish whiskeys would be depressingly easy to compile &nda&hell…Read More
The Inimitable Grape Varieties Of Piedmont
2020-02-13 11:02
What is the most famous grape of Piedmont? Piedmont and Nebbiolo. The two are as inseparable as Burgundy and Pinot Noir; a noble and longstanding marriage between grape variety and terroir… Read More
The Best Of French Desserts
2020-02-06 11:30
Top 10 French desserts paired with wine Is France Europe’s ultimate culinary Mecca, a land of superlative gastronomy that has no equal? The answer is not so clear-cut as the French wou… Read More
Ten Delicious Rose Wines From Provence
2020-01-22 11:16
Once dismissed as a passing fad, today there is no doubting the massive relevance of rose to the global wine category. There have been numerous articles, blogs and opinion pieces dedicated t… Read More
Irish Versus Scotch Whiskey
2020-01-20 19:49
Difference between Scotch and Irish Whiskey Like a match between two prize-winning boxers, the subject of Irish versus Scotch whiskey arouses and inflames the passions. The quickest way to c… Read More
Barolo Chinato – Italy’s Top Secret
2019-12-24 17:08
Piedmonts Delicious Aromatized Wine Barolo. It’s a word that elicits instant excitement from sybarites and collectors – Nebbiolo finds its most dazzling expression in the Langhe… Read More
Spanish Dessert Wine
2019-12-23 12:29
The Best of Spanish Dessert Wine Most wine regions, and indeed wine nations, have their surprises and unexpected turns. Even seasoned Bordeaux aficionados are often surprised to learn that S… Read More
Wine And Cheese Pairings
2019-12-11 18:46
The complexities of cheese and wine pairing No foodie topic is more open to debate, disagreement, and subjectivity than cheese and wine pairing. Local cuisine, different cultures, and person… Read More
White Burgundy Wine: A Collectors Guide
2019-11-30 09:05
White Burgundy Wine The status and reverence given to the superlative white wines of Burgundy are arguably under threat. California, Australia, New Zealand, and other European regions have p… Read More
The Best Cognac Brands
2019-11-23 13:34
Top Cognac Brands Cognac is as much a cultural icon as it is a luxurious brandy. Even before you have sampled any of the local firewater, there is a gorgeous, historic town to get to grips w… Read More

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