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Wine Tours

Catch the Spirit in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Luxury, Mexico, Wine Tours

El Arco at Lands End in Los Cabos (Credit: Jerome Levine) From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, hotels and restaurants are showcasing wine and spirit experiences. If your liquid memories of Baja, Mexico are limited to cheap tequila shots or six-packs of Corona, it’s time to return
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Southwestern Michigan’s Wine Country Delights the Senses

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, United States of America, Wine Tours

Napa Valley in California; Tuscany in Italy; The Rioja region in Spain; and….Michigan? While the aforementioned destinations are top of mind as a wine lovers paradise, don’t overlook this lesser known but beautiful hidden gem just 90 minutes out of Chicago. Round Barn Winery in Baroda All up and down
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Bypass Border Hassles With a Quick Getaway to Baja California via Tecate

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Destinations, Mexico, Wine Tours

Baja California’s raw beauty and stunning contrasts draws visitors year-round. Most common is the entry point at Tijuana, just south of San Diego. While convenient to accessing the area’s coastal towns of Puerto Nuevo, Roasarito and Ensenada, the border crossing is large and somewhat confusing, and drivers need to be
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Getting a taste for Mendoza

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Posted in Activities, South America, Uncategorized, Wine Tours

The stunning mountain backdrop to Mendoza This one looks delicious, I thought as I swirled the wine around in my glass and took an indelicately large slurp. “Ah yes, a definite aroma of diesel and a lingering taste of salami. Is that normal for a Malbec?” I wondered as I
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Victoria Falls Safari Club, Zimbabwe

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Africa, All Inclusive, Birdwatching, Lodging, Rafting, River Cruises, Safari, Style, Wild Life, Wine Tours

The Victoria Falls Safari Club is the ultimate in lodge accommodations. Each of their sixteen club rooms and four spectacular suites have private patios and uninterrupted views across the bushveld. It’s all a potent mix of African wilderness and history seamlessly blended with exotic luxury, complete with a private check-in
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A Tuscan Dream

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Culinary, Europe, Italy, Wine Tours

Driving from Parma, navigating a winding mountain road to Tuscany, I came across Castello di Compiano, a medieval castle embraced by fortified walls and built atop a rocky outcrop of a mountain village. The castle’s jaw-dropping views across the Taro River and the Apennines mountains make it one of the
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Gourmet Secrets from the South of France – a 100km/3-day culinary tour of the Midi-Pyrenees

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Culinary, Europe, France, Wine Tours

Toulouse is the birthplace of Concorde, the Ariane Rocket and home to Airbus. It also boasts sixteen-hundred boutiques, a thousand restaurants and a myriad other gourmet finds which demand further investigation. Which is why, upon arrival at Toulouse Blagnac Airport, I made my way to the prestigious Victor Hugo market, famous
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Wake Up to Wine in the La Rioja Region of Spain

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Culinary, Destinations, Europe, Spain, Wine Tours

I’m not advocating necessarily waking up with a glass of “vino tinto” (red wine) with your scrambled eggs and jamon…Although that isn’t out of the question in this area where wine flows often more freely than water. La Rioja is in Spain’s far north, just below the sunny shores of
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Organic Wine Tours in Penedès, Spain

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Destinations, Spain, Wine Tours

Albet i Noya Organic Vineyard Almost everyone agrees: some very tasty wine comes from Spain. As a Barcelona resident with “localvore” tendencies, I mostly buy bottles from nearby Emporda, Priorat and Penedès. Of the three, Penedès is the most established and also closest to the city, making it an effortless
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Drinking it up in Piedmont

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Destinations, Europe, Italy, Wine Tours

In northwest Italy, Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) is home to some of the country’s best wines. And truffles. And food. Some might say this area bordered on three sides by the Alps is a little slice of heaven. It’s hard to disagree. View out to one of many hill towns
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Five Wineries to Visit in Argentina

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Holiday Travel, South America, Wine Tours

Clos de Los Siete Winery Argentina is a county of unparalleled beauty, from lush pampas, filled with grazing beef (or cows, depending on your view), to the crisp beauty of the lakes, mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, to the arid and largely indigenous desert of the north. Its tourism has
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Aruba’s Fabulous Flurry of Festivals

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Aruba, Beach Vacations, Caribbean, Culinary, Family Travel, Festivals, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Luxury, Romance, Wine Tours

Though best known for their colorful Carnival, Aruba has all kinds of cool festivals, annual events, and visitor-inclusive celebrations happening all year round! Though Carnival lasts for three months, it really doesn’t matter when you visit Aruba as there are all kinds of gala events going on all year-round. And you need never
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Touring the Wines of New Zealand

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Posted in Australasia, Culinary, Luxury, New Zealand, Wine Country Tours, Wine Tours

New Zealand is a surprising wine destination, to say the least. Given that cold, rainy islands aren’t usually known for producing great wines (let’s face it, have you ever heard of a British vintage?), Kiwi wines can be shockingly good. For obvious reasons, many of New Zealand’s most celebrated wines
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Unique Day Trips in San Francisco

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Posted in Biking, California, Destinations, North America, United States of America, Wild Life, Wine Tours

San Francisco has a lot to offer to both tourists and locals. Take a ride on a cable car, be awe inspired by the ingenuity of the Golden Gate Bridge, eat a noodle bowl in Chinatown- there are so many places to explore and experience. These sites attract thousands every
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