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Congratulations to Zevenwacht Wine Estate!

A huge congratulations to my friends at Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Cape Town! Their 2015 Chardonnay was recently included on the prestigious wine list at La Promenade in the Loire Valley, France. The South African wine is the first non-French wine ever to be included on the Michelin star restaurant’s list. Read the rest of the details in the press release below. I became acquainted with Zevenwacht Wine Estate on our African…

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Food, Travel, United States, Wine

48 Hours in Santa Barbara – A Guide to Santa Barbara Wineries

There are very few places in this world that have the beauty and charm of Santa Barbara. When I ride my beach cruiser along the beach, drink wine on a pier over the ocean, run into a celebrity in the grocery store or take in the pristine views from atop a mountain peak, it’s hard not to feel a bit spoiled living in this town. And there’s the Santa Barbara wineries themselves……

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Food, Travel, United States, Wine

Indulge! A Guide to Sonoma County Wineries and Food

As my wife passes her due date (and still no baby yet), I’ve enlisted the help of some fellow travel bloggers to keep up with regular postings. This second post comes from Megan of Traveling Nine to Fiver. Megan makes us all a little jealous as she provides a food and wine guide to one of the many wine regions on her home state of California. Don’t we all wish Sonoma County was a little…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting the Vienna Wine Gardens

Visiting the Vienna wine gardens, located in the Vienna Woods, can seem daunting to first time visitors, especially if you’ve only booked a short excursion to the city. The Vienna Woods aren’t exactly central to the tourist path. Thus, many newbies, including myself on our first trip to Vienna, tend to skip them. This was a huge mistake! Much like beer plays an integral part in Munich’s culture, wine plays a major…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

Visiting Codorniu Winery – The Birthplace of Cava

There’s a story in the world of wine that for almost a half century has been lost. This story can been seen and tasted in the barrooms and wine glasses throughout Barcelona and the greater Catalonia province.  This story is the story of Cava. Many visitors to Barcelona are taken aback by the quality of Spain’s famous sparkling wine. The message of Champagne has falsely led us to believe that only France…

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Travel, Wine

Best Wineries in the World

So as not to leave out the winos who follow this blog (and you know who you are), I wrap up the Best… in the World series by raising a glass to the Best Wineries in the World! Our wine journey takes us to California, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and South Africa. Notice that all the wineries submitted by fellow wine and travel bloggers fall in the New World category. Are we…

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Africa, Hotel Review, Travel, Wine

Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa

A Reintroduction to South African Wine It had been quite some time since I sipped a South African wine.  The last one was in a gimmicky bottle with bright colors and an animal name marketed to compete against the fruit bombs that were all the rage coming out of Australia.  I remember preferring the South African juice to the Australian as it was more nuanced.  Yet, for some reason, I stopped buying…

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Wine

Spanish Cider Tasting Sidra Natural Fanjul and An Introduction to Spanish Sidras

An Introduction to Spanish Ciders You may have noticed in October’s Beer Versus Wine Challenge that I paired a Spanish sidra (cider) and not a beer or wine with soft shell crabs.  I know, I know.  I completely broke the rules.  A Spanish cider is NOT a beer or wine, and I gave If It Falls on the Floor hell for suggesting a cider in a past Beer Versus Wine Challenge (she…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

A Walk Through Montepulciano in Pictures

Our agrtourismo was planted in the midst of a sea of bright, luscious vineyards.  Rows and rows of vibrant green vines producing the seductive wines of Montepulciano lined the hills and teased us in the distance.  The panorama was so real and appeared so close that I could reach into the sundrenched Tuscan horizon and snap off a juicy Sangiovese berry.  This was terrior, and we were lodging in the middle of…

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Wine

The Bryan Hall Wine Incident

It happened at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  The year was 1998.  I was a lowly sophomore, or “wise fool” if you prefer the Latin translation.  I knew very little of the world and even less about wine.  The first thing I knew about wine was that it was something my father made in our basement.  The second thing I knew was that the romanticism of a bottle was enough to get…

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