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ChampagneChampagne is the ultimate celebratory drink, the drink of toasts, of special occasions and in our book, one of the finest wines around. But ask most people how those bubbles got in their glass or what their favourite region of Champagne is and you are likely to see blank faces staring back at you. Learning the fundamentals of Champagne is not as daunting as you might think. We have broken this wine down into 5 basics that are easy enough to remember and give you a good overview of the wine.

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La Cité du Vin: No Ordinary Museum

La Cité du Vin: No Ordinary Museum


Posted on Oct 10, 2018

Bordeaux France

La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.

Just over two years ago, a museum dedicated to wine opened amid much fanfare in Bordeaux, France. La Cité du Vin is housed in an ultra-modern building that is a glaring contrast to its historical backdrop of one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Designed to conjure up the image of wine swirling in a glass, the building itself stands out while drawing you in, immediately making a statement that this is no ordinary museum.

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Wine High Club: Air France

Wine High Club: Air France


Posted on Oct 3, 2018

Airline business class

A lovely start to our Air France journey.

For the second installment of our Wine High Club, we are reviewing Air France, partner of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, who we featured in the first article of the series. Together these two airlines make up one of the world’s largest carriers in terms of both revenue and passengers. You would think that being partners would mean similar offerings when it comes to food and wine, but we were delighted to discover they have each stayed true to their regions and celebrate what makes them undeniably unique.

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The stunning region of La Rioja Alavesa.

We’ve said it before and we stand by the statement that the best travel experiences are never the ones that are planned. There’s no question iconic sites are important for a reason, but usually the most memorable moments are the ones that are unexpected. Case in point, we recently travelled from Bordeaux to Rioja with Iberian Wine Tours, and despite incredible visits that included Chateau Mouton RothschildChateau Pichon Baron, San Sebastian, and Roda, we still reminisce about our most unique wine tasting to date: our visit with Javier Guzmán Aldazabal.

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The magnificent Chateau at Pichon Baron.

We enjoyed a spectacular lunch and tasting at this top Bordeaux estate as a part of the Iberian Wine Tours Bordeaux and Rioja Tour. As we pulled up to the Estate, we knew we were in for something extraordinary. The curving cement walls flanking the gates with vines growing up them spoke of class and regality. As we entered the estate we looked across an expanse of perfectly manicured lawn to the site of the Chateau itself: with its two round turrets, steep-pitched roofs, symmetrically spaced windows and reflection pond, it is the archetype of the French Chateau.

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Video AdVINEture: South Africa

Video AdVINEture: South Africa


Posted on Sep 11, 2018

Welcome to our 2nd Video AdVINEture! This past June we were lucky enough to make our first trip to South Africa and experience an incredible G Adventures National Geographic Journey. We spent over a week in this beautiful part of the world which included stops in Cape Town, the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschoek, and of course seeing animals on safari at both Kruger National Park & Karongwe Game Reserve. What we discovered were wines of excellent quality, a food scene in Cape Town that is world-class, and people that are among the friendliest we’ve met on our travels to date. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the magic of South Africa:

Cheers!

*Click on the winery names to get the full winemaker interviews for Waterkloof, Haute Cabrière, and Le Lude.

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Franshoek wine

In the cellar at Le Lude.

The best travel discoveries are often unplanned and it seems the same often holds true of wine experiences. We discovered Le Lude wine farm in Franschoek by sheer luck. We had an interview lined up with Tim Hoek of Haute Cabrière and after professing our love of sparkling wine, he insisted we make a stop at Le Lude before we left the region. A quick call to his winemaker friend Paul Gerber and we were about to discover a little piece of France right in South Africa.

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Rekondo Restaurant (San Sebastián)

Rekondo Restaurant (San Sebastián)


Posted on Aug 29, 2018

San Sebastian

A small sample of Rekondo’s amazing wine collection.

As wine and food enthusiasts, San Sebastián has long been on our travel bucket list. We recently had the opportunity to visit this notorious foodie mecca thanks to Iberian Wine Tours. Located in Spain’s Basque region, the coastal city is recognized worldwide for its incredible dining scene, boasting the most Michelin-rated restaurants per capita of any city in the world. But with a bevy of exquisite choices well beyond what our time would allow, how could we possibly choose just one? We opted to make sure we were also satisfying our inner wine geeks which made the decision easy—we simply had to visit Rekondo Restaurant.

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