Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries, and today, it is the largest producer of wine in the world. Italian culture is saturated with wine, from the antiquated varieties produced by the Etruscans to the vast number of types made today.
There’s a lot more to Italian wine growing regions than Tuscany, and while it’s a good place to start, beginner wine connoisseurs can boost their knowledge of Italian wine by visiting any of Italy’s 20 wine regions. With over one million vineyards growing grapes, you know Italy won’t disappoint even the toughest of critics, and if you’re not well-versed in wine culture, you’ll still love sipping a glass in these amazing wineries. Continue at Source: 10 Italian Wineries That Every Would-Be Connoisseur Should Visit
The first-ever World’s Best Vineyard Awards has named 2019’s leading wine destinations. Vineyards from France, Germany and Spain were among the best, but the top prize went to a New World producer.Forget crumbling chateaux in the French countryside. For the ultimate vineyard vacation, try a Bond villain-style lair in the majestic mountains and valleys of South America.Wine experts, foodies and travel industry insiders from around the world gathered in London’s Banqueting House on Monday night for the inaugural World’s Best Vineyard Awards, created to honor the finest in modern wine tourism.The 2019 winner is an Argentinian winery in the lush heart of the Uco Valley, at the foot of the Andes mountains. A family-run business founded in 1963, the Zuccardi Valle de Uco unveiled a stunning new modernist bodega in 2016, designed by architects Tom Hughes, Fernando Raganato and Eugenia Mora.“We are three generations involved in the wine and working together,” said managing director José Alberto Zuccardi when accepting the award under the frescoed ceiling of the 17th-century Banqueting House. “It’s a great way to be in contact with the wine lovers.” Continue at Source: The world’s best vineyard revealed
From Anchorage to Adelaide, the world is rife with cities perfect for wine-lovers to indulge in a fine tipple.
We could be sipping on a glass of two of Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz to accompany our dinner, we could settle in on the couch with a glass of vintage Merlot, or we could be sharing a bubbly bottle of Prosecco in a time of celebration with our nearest and dearest. Regardless of the situation, we’re blessed to never be short of opportunities to enjoy a glass of wine.
From the sunny valleys of South Australia to the historic, centuries-old vineyards scattered across various European countries, and then over the diverse wine-centric cities throughout the USA, wine snobs will have no trouble rejoicing with the plethora of blends on offer. Continue at Source: 10 Cities Perfect To Unleash The Inner Wine-Lover
Whether it’s a glass of Merlot to pair with a hearty steak, a Pinot Grigio alongside a lightly-grilled chicken breast, or a time of celebration with a bottle of bubbly, the opportunities to have a glass (or two, or five) of wine are endless. Continue at Source: 10 Cities That Every Wine-Lover Needs To Add To Their Bucket List
Whether you’re looking for reading materials for a long weekend, or bringing a gift to a friend with a beach house (lucky!), there’s an array of excellent drinks books this season. Read on for five of our favorites.
Perhaps you’re looking for a gift for someone who just invited you to their beach house (lucky!), or maybe you want reading materials for a long plane, train, or bus ride. Whatever the reason, there’s an array of excellent wine, beer, and cocktail books this season. Here are five of our favorites. Continue at Source: 5 Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Books to Throw in Your Beach Bag (2019) | VinePair
From picking vendors to choosing outfits, wedding planning is a full-time job. But one task we can simplify? The venue. Here’s your guide to a dream day.
Wineries and vineyards provide a gorgeous backdrop, and their wines can make your drinks menu a breeze. Your vendor is essentially on site, which can help with planning and logistics, as well as provides a unique experience for guests. Continue at Source: 10 of the Best Wineries and Vineyards in the U.S. to Host Your Wedding
Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast sip and sup their way around the country, seeking eateries that incorporate wine in thoughtful and exciting ways. This list isn’t a ranking, nor is there a matrix of number of bottles, prices or types of food. Instead, it is a selection of restaurants where wine is shared and celebrated, and where, in our experiences, the selection, food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional. Cheers! Continue at Source: America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2019
Wine is definitely a thing in San Francisco. After all, just across the Golden Gate Bridge lies the country’s best wine regions. So it would make sense that Fog City boasts some of the best wine bars this side of Bordeaux. Here are a handful that we particularly love.
Set in an erstwhile record store in a 19th-century building in the Mission, 20 Spot focuses on big Old World wine, many of which hail from France and Germany with a few nice selections from Italy and Croatia as well. Snacks include avocado toast, steak tartare, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Continue at Source: 7 Best Wine Bars in San Francisco
In 2017, Sonoma County was devastated by three weeks of aggressive wild fires. Thousands of homes were reduced to ash, winemakers lost hundreds of acres of vines, and ongoing projects ground to a halt. Many producers were left with unusable wine that was either tainted by smoke or boiled from the heat. See more at Source: 48 Hours in Sonoma: Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay This Summer
Take a typical southern French village of roughly 200 people, erase the frankly uninspiring car park that acts as the main town square and turn the whole place into a digital detox haven dotted with three gastronomic restaurants and five-star designer rooms. The result, , a luxury village-hotel boasting 12 independent houses scattered around a handful of cobblestone alleyways.
From magenta to lilac, plum to lavender, each house has its walls and shutters painted in contrasting shades of purples and pinks to create a “village within a village” effect. Since its opening in 2015, the place remained voluntarily confidential thanks to a strict no-wifi policy. You won’t find many Instagrammers around the stunningly photogenic streets.