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Top Ten Wine Destinations: Lisboa
Lisboa is both a city and a famed wine region. Here's your guide to all its vinous and edible delights.
10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2019: Tasmania
Considered remote even by mainland Australians, Tasmania’s isolation is part of its appeal. For rich doomsday preppers, “Tassie” has become the latest hillside bunker Plan B. For adventurous gourmands, however, this heart-shaped island offers serious enticement to compensate for the long flight. Capital city Hobart’s flourishing dining scene, urban wineries, countryside cellars doors and whisky distilleries are worth all the hassle alone. But the island’s relaxed pace has also drawn-in travel...
Behind Your Inflight Wine List
Whether you fly in business or economy, wine options on flights come down typically to “red or white.” And if you’re a wine-loving frequent flier, you know that airlines face unique challenges that can explain why bottles on a plane so often disappoint.
Selecting wines for an airline program is a monumental task, and each carrier employs a different methodology. For Singapore Air, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, author Oz Clarke and Michael Hill Smith a wine consultant, wine judge and writer, blind-taste...
The Best Cruises for Wine Lovers
As the winter cruise season launches, bookings for spring and summer sails across Europe steadily rise. From renovated barges and nimble yachts to mega-ships, wine lovers are spoiled with options.
“Wine has been an enormous growth area for cruises, and the lines are adding programs all the time,” says Chris Gray Faust, managing editor at Cruise Critic. “Examples include the wine-focused theme river cruises run by European line AmaWaterways, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) courses ru...
The Best Wine Regions for Ski Vacations
Whether you fantasize about fresh powder, challenging moguls or half-pipes, ski and snowboard season doesn’t mean you have to give up great wine. Ski towns and resorts in the U.S. have come a long way with their wine lists, and if you’ve ever hit the mountains in Europe, you know that slope-side sips and après-ski are as important as the sport itself. Here are eight destinations that incorporate local wines and great drinks.
This legendary destination has a split personality. ...
Your Guide to Drinking Wine Through the Zombie Apocalypse
Halloween is around the corner, so what better time to prepare for a zombie infiltration than now? You’ve formulated your escape plan. You’ve stockpiled supplies like food and candles, but what about wine? Does a deep cellar figure into your preparation plan when hiding out from zombies? It’s a good bet that a great bottle of rosé with that canned tuna may be the only bright spot while waiting out the undead uprising.
However, it could be years before society rebuilds itself, and wines age at...
Rías Baixas, Spain’s Undercover Paradise for Wine Lovers
From the crest of a hill at Bodegas Martín Códax winery, the fog hovers thick and silvery, ebbing and flowing over the ragged coastline. The setting could be confused for the firths of eastern Scotland, but for the miles of patchwork vineyards and prevalence of sparkling Albariño. This moody landscape belongs to Spain’s Galicia.
Exposed to the Atlantic, Galicia lies in the northwest corner of Iberia. A succession of finger-like inlets, or rias, known formally as the Rías Baixas, forms the coa...
Get to Know Austin’s Wine Scene
You’ve likely heard of Austin’s fondness for barbecue, beer and music. That’s all true, but there’s more to it. The city is transforming into a haven for wine lovers, thanks to an influx of discerning young professionals and organizations like the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the just-launched ATX Somm Society. And with appreciation for local, natural and small-production, the wine scene is in line with the city’s eclectic vibe.
Start the day on South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, a ...
Eugene, Oregon, is for Wine Lovers
Long known for counterculture politics, the outdoors and a robust craft beer scene, Eugene may not seem like a destination for wine lovers. But this is a city of contrasts, one which proves that not all wine regions look alike.
Surrounded by pine forest and cattle farms, Nike-clad University of Oregon students drink macchiatos at coffee houses, next-generation hippies sell cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products on the main drag and wine lovers hop on bikes to ride to nearby wineries. Located at t...
Make Food Not War: A Growing Network of Businesses is Empowering Women and Refugees in Lebanon
A network of inns, restaurants and farm markets in Lebanon has become so much more—keeping family recipes alive, healing post-war wounds and building a thriving food truck business for refugees.
Photo: The Recipe Hunters
Driven by an ethos of economically empowering women and small farmers while uniting the country through nourishment, Lebanese food and travel writer Kamal Mouzawak defines his growing organization, Souk El Tayeb, by its slogan, "Make food, not war."
The idea for Souk El Tayeb...
The Two Surprising Wine Regions That Flipped Me Back To Chardonnay
There’s an enduring consumer adoration for Chardonnay that, frankly, I’ve never fully grasped. In America, let alone the rest of the world, Chardonnay has been far and away the most popular grape. But the world of wine brims with exciting grapes, so why adhere so faithfully to one?
Six Wine Cities on the Rise
London. Paris. New York City. Some travel destinations will always be considered classics. Cultural icons, they boast access to many of the finer things of life. That list certainly includes wine, and those culinary capitals offer plenty of it.
Wine Co-operatives in Cariñena Serve as a Boon to the Region
Wine co-operatives, colloquially known as co-ops, have largely suffered from a negative image. And yet, not only has the purpose behind their creation as a safety net for farmers and regional wine industries been fulfilled, many persist today as models of well-run, ambitious wine producers. There is no better region to consider this phenomenon than in Spain’s Cariñena.
Fall for Vins Doux Naturels
When fall ushers in cooler weather and brightly-hued leaves, consumer drinking preferences change, too. Where summer demanded a light, flirty wine as carefree as the season, autumn speaks to drinks of warmth and depth.
Sicily: The Ultimate East Coast Itinerary for Wine Lovers
Visitors flock to Sicily’s eastern coast for wine, sea-inflected cuisine, and volcano tourism.