Languedoc: Exciting times for the region

For a first timer getting a handle on the various wine regions of Languedoc-Roussillon it can be a bit daunting.  In the U.S. these individual regions don’t get a lot of promotion so I contacted a local expert, Dominic George.  Dominic is the owner of Le Wine Shop in Pézenas, and also is the guide […]

Languedoc: Two more weeks please

There is so much to say about my visit to the Languedoc.  To sum it up; I need to go back for at least two weeks!  The region is jam packed with not only exceptional wine, but historic towns, antiques, oysters, cheeses – you name it.   Many people flock to Provence, which is lovely, but […]

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux: So much more than wine

Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint-Émilion is one of those unique travel experiences that to me is what a trip to Europe is all about: Steep hilltop village, tiny cobblestoned streets, family-run restaurants, ancient ruins and quaint boutiques – and about 200 wine shops eager to ship your wine anywhere. Last time I […]

Cognac: Hanging with Louis XIII

Seeing as we were driving from the Loire Valley to Bordeaux we thought this was a great (and rare) chance to do some tastings in Cognac.  Yes, Cognac is a place; like many French products which are named after the place they are made.  We had two fabulous, but different, experiences at Rémy Martin and […]

Loire Valley: Châteaus, Goat Cheese & Sancerre

The Loire Valley might be world famous for its renaissance history and châteaux, but being a huge fan of Sancerre it has been high on my hit list.  A few weeks ago I got the chance to visit.  Generally when people talk about Sancerre they are talking about Sauvignon Blanc, but you’ll also find some Pinot Noir […]

Best of Paso Robles: Syrah, Zin and more

Wow, why did it take me so long to plan a visit to Paso?  This area is ideal for those that love Rhone-style wines like Syrah, Grenache.  Another bonus, you’ll also taste many great Zinfandels.  We spent a long weekend here and it was well worth it! Restaurants:  We loved Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles.  On […]

Willamette Valley, Oregon: Pinot lovers only

Visiting Oregon wine country was so overdue.  While my father was staying this May we nipped up north to see what the fuss is all about.  The fuss is rightly so.  The wines are in short, phenomenal.  I wish we had more access to these wines in California. Our first stop was Sokol Blosser. We […]

Puglia, Italy: Raw, real and fabulous

Puglia surprised me, in a good way.  This is a wine region on the verge of greatness.  It is still relatively undiscovered and the wineries need help with creating experiences – but for the quality of the wines and incredible value, the no frills tours and interesting culture, it is a great place.  If you […]

Douro Valley, Portugal: Harrowing drive pays off

Wow, I can see why the Douro Valley has received such great press lately.  It is probably the most dramatic and beautiful wine region in the world.  Views are spectacular.  Vineyards are planted on steep terraces that hug the Douro River.  But, this all comes at a price.  The drive on the other hand, is […]

Madeira, Portugal: More, please

If you haven’t tried Madeira wine yet, let me introduce you to your new best friend.  Think gingerbread, toffee and spices and so much more.   Actually, it’s not as sweet as you might think as the high acidity offsets the sweetness.  As a fortified wine it is just like Port, but will pair with any […]