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Tuscany or Umbria: Which is best for wine tastings in Italy?

I love wine and I love to travel. So what could be better than combining the two with wine tastings in Italy? Just like culinary travel and adventure travel, wine travel is gaining popularity. Wine travel offers enthusiasts the opportunity to truly experience the wine production process, and if you travel at the right time of year, to actually be part of harvest and production. As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some…

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The best site for booking a wine tasting vacation

I love wine. And I love to travel. So there is no sweeter experience than wine travel. We travel to experience many different things and wine tourism is a category that is taking off. Wine tourism is loosely defined as travel that includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine, often at or near the source. Winerist is a UK-based website that scours the world and offers the best wine travel experiences. The founders of Winerist have a strong belief that…

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The best wine tastings in Tuscany: A visit to ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’

While living in Milan, I spent many weekends exploring the small enotecas and private vineyards throughout Tuscany. On this visit back, I was interested in seeing a boutique winery, enjoying a few wine tastings in Tuscany and learning more about how Tuscany is embracing luxury wine travel and wine tourism.   If you’re looking for an authentic Tuscan wine tasting experience, I recommend the Baracchi winery and resort. The Baracchi family is very passionate about their wine business but also about…

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France Wine

Is Champagne Making a Comeback? The Champagnes of Armand de Brignac

Armand de Brignac Champagne

I was invited to attend a Champagne tasting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the esteemed boardroom for a select group of wine collectors, distributors and writers to celebrate the release of Armand de Brignac’s latest cuvée – Assemblage. I especially love these events because of the table conversation among other oenophiles. I was surprised to hear from the distributors at the table they’re having trouble selling Champagne these days, whether it’s in stores or restaurants. Champagne has been marketed…

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Taking a wine tasting trip? Here’s what you need to know

If wine tasting was an Olympic sport, I’d win gold. Seriously. I have this sport down to a science. The key is having a plan and pacing yourself. Whether you’re new wine tasting or an experienced oenophile, here are 10 tips you need to take with you.   1. Set a goal for your wine tasting. Don’t laugh. Having a plan makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Are you looking to buy some inexpensive house wines for everyday drinking?…

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Where to Enjoy the Best Cocktails Around the World in 2017

The Lodge at Ashford, a 4-star hotel located on the grounds of Ashford Castle’s 350-acre estate, is the perfect destination for visitors looking for a more affordable, yet still luxurious, way to experience the extravagant property and all the many activities available on-site. The hotel features its own separate bar menu with signature cocktails, including the newly created “Summer Wind,” which can be enjoyed at the Lodge’s gourmet restaurant, Wilde’s, featuring fine contemporary Irish cuisine (with views of the serene…

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