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Haute Cabrière: A Franschoek First

Haute Cabrière: A Franschoek First


Posted on Aug 21, 2018

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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

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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

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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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Stellenbosch & Franschoek: A Primer

Stellenbosch & Franschoek: A Primer


Posted on Jul 25, 2018

Vineyard views at Waterkloof.

We recently travelled to South Africa with G Adventures to experience the extraordinary beauty of that country. We found that some of the most stunning settings were in the Western Cape where high mountains rise next to the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Settled into those mountains are South Africa’s two best wine regions: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

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Stellenbosch South Africa Wine

Waterkloof Winery

As you wind up the long, scenic driveway at Waterkloof Wines in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, the first thing you notice is the building sitting atop the ridge that houses its winery, tasting room, and restaurant. It is a stunning, architectural marvel that features a protruding glass cube to maximize the views of the vineyards and False Bay. And while the facilities are modern and the winery relatively new, it’s the deep connection to the earth surrounding this structure that is truly at the heart of this estate.

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Chateau Mouton Rothschild


Posted on Jul 11, 2018

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The private tasting room at Mouton Rothschild.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild (often simply referred to as “Mouton”) is truly one of the world’s greatest wine estates. It is relatively rare but sought after by collectors all over the world which has resulted in very high prices upon release, that over time can increase in multiples as wealthy connoisseurs chase the opportunity to have a bottle. We were very privileged to taste this wine and hear its amazing story at the winery as a part of an exclusive wine trip with Iberian Wine Tours.

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World Business class

A glass of the Nicolas Fuelliatte Champagne.

Having travelled to more than 80 countries, it’s fair to say that we’ve had more than our share of in-flight experiences. While economy class inclusions seem to be declining, airlines are going out of their way to win business-class travellers. Today, lie-flat beds, in-flight entertainment, and in-flight dining are common among all international carriers, but it’s in the latter category where airlines seem to be trying to differentiate themselves. Our “Wine High Club” series aims to provide our readers with a review of what wine is being offered onboard different airlines. After all, if you’re going to be spending more than a few hours on a plane, it’s worth making it time well spent. First up in our series is Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, also known as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which we had the pleasure of flying from Vancouver to Amsterdam on our way to an AdVINEture in Bordeaux.

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