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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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Haute Cabrière: A Franschoek First

Haute Cabrière: A Franschoek First


Posted on Aug 21, 2018

Franschoek south africa

The stunning view at Haute Cabrière.

There really is a first for everything. We recently visited South Africa for the very first time and we are the first to admit that our experience with wines from the region was limited at best. Relatively speaking, few South African wines make it to Canada so our experience has been inconsistent in terms of quality. Our first visit to the region of Franschoek began with a stop at storied family winery Haute Cabrière. We were drawn to this particular winery because of its history and the fact that they are reputed to make top quality Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine. We discovered not only does this winery’s reputation precede it, it’s a reputation that is well deserved.

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Baer Winery: A Washington Star

Baer Winery: A Washington Star


Posted on Aug 15, 2018

Woodinville washington winery

Erica Orr & Les Baer

August is Washington Wine Month and we think we kicked it off in grand style with a visit to Baer Winery. Baer definitely is one the stars that shines bright amongst what has grown to over 1,000 wineries in Washington State.  Though they have remained small by intention, they have received numerous 90+ point scores by the mainstream wine reviewers including being named number #6 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for their 95 point 2008 Ursa. We met up with Les Baer and winemaker Erica Orr at their Woodinville winery to hear their story.

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Txomin Etxaniz: The Pride of Basque

Txomin Etxaniz: The Pride of Basque


Posted on Aug 8, 2018

Basque wine country getaria

Txomin Etxaniz Winery.

In the heart of the coastal town of Getaria, not far from San Sebastián, you’ll find yourself in the middle of Spain’s most unusual wine region: the Denomination of Origin Getariako Txakolina. Txakoli (pronounced “chock-oh-lee”) wine is produced here and it is the pride of Basque Country. Slightly fizzy, it’s a dry white wine with high acidity and low alcohol content that is the perfect pairing to the area’s plentiful seafood. We paid a visit to the most renowned Txakoli producer, Txomin Etxaniz, with Iberian Wine Tours, to see firsthand how these wines are made and the history behind them.

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Bodegas Roda: Distinctly Different

Bodegas Roda: Distinctly Different


Posted on Aug 1, 2018

La Rioja Spain Wine

Roda Winery

In the historic town of Haro in Spain’s Rioja region, you will find the Railway Station District which is home to one of the biggest concentrations of high quality wine in the world. Heralded wineries Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia and La Rioja Alta are among several wineries within a 2km radius that have been making wine there for more than a century. Roda is the youngest winery in this district and while more modern in style and facilities in comparison to its traditional counterparts, it has already proven itself as a reputable producer that belongs among its distinguished neighbours.

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