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The Route of the stars -The Yeatman- Best Of Wine Tourism 2014

For the third consecutive year, The Yeatman, Best Of Wine Tourism 2014, will be hosting “The Route of the Stars”, the most important culinary event on Porto’s gastronomic calendar, with a constellation of national and international Chefs for 3 days of “haute cuisine”.
Route of the Stars, an exclusive star …read more

Lebanon, the Phoenicians and Iberian Grapes

Bekaa Valley

Standing in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley was an amazing experience. This beautiful rugged terrain was once part of the ancient land of Canaan and is drenched in history. The air smelt of wild herbs and cedars as the sun beat down on the rocky landscape and stony soils. Wild flowers colonised …read more

Update on the New Zealand Vintage

Vintage 2014 in New Zealand has been one of highs and lows. Marlborough, which produces the majority of wine in the country, had really good conditions for most of harvest, if a bit less sunny than usual, but the rain came in mid April and decided to stay for …read more

Rhône Road Trip

Ahhh only 2 short weeks to the fabulous long weekend that is the gateway to summer: We call it, Memorial Day. It’s been a long stretch since President’s Day, and I think most of us could use an extra day off.

I am looking forward to a short road …read more

Rhône Road Trip

Ahhh only 2 short weeks to the fabulous long weekend that is the gateway to summer: We call it, Memorial Day. It’s been a long stretch since President’s Day, and I think most of us could use an extra day off.

I am looking forward to a short road …read more

The first flying winemaker…

The consultant winemaker has always been important. Many people have a vision and the means to start a winery, but not the winemaking skill. Perhaps the best example would be Robert Mondavi. Mondavi was not a winemaker. He always hired winemakers to make his wine. For many years, his sons …read more

What Do I Need to Learn About Italian Wine?

Wow! How does one answer that one in 1000 words or less? Fortunately I have been asked that question a lot more lately. A new crop of wine salespeople is rushing towards Italian wines. And most of them are women under 30.

I see it all now. The bearded …read more

Tast del Decenni of 2004 in 2014

tast-decenni

Last week I was one of the lucky few to be invited to the annual Tast del Decenni in the Priorat comarca. Essentially what this is, is a taste of the wines from a decade ago from both the DOQ Priorat as well as starting in 2012, <a target=_blank …read more

Sauternes Wine Festival & Marathon 2014

The 2nd Edition of Sauternes Wine Festival will take place on 31 May 2014. This event was born from the desire of some young and dynamic winemakers of Sauternes wishing to revitalize and promote the sweet wines of Sauternes.

Winemakers have prepared a great and frendly program : music, dance, …read more

Mumm’s the word

Mother’s Day is coming up, and hopefully you are able to spend some time with your mom to celebrate her. What better way to celebrate mom putting up with your crazy than some bubbly?

Recently, I visited Mumm Napawith Vindulge’s Mary Cressler, my partner in crime …read more

Portuguese wines at full speed

carlos

Carlos Álvarez is a sommelier in Barcelona that we kept bumping in to over various tastings until one day we said, “Didn’t we see you at the last 20 events we were all at?” From that point forward we’ve been doing a lot of things together including his taking …read more

Hopping up to Hopland

Hopland Passport

It’s that time of year again! The Easter Bunny is coming, hams will be baked and wines will be opened. After the celebrations of food, wine, and family, why not spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle in Mendocino’s hopping wine town of Hopland.

On Saturday and …read more

The Drives du Médoc

After a short drive from Bordeaux, join the most prestigious amateur tournament that combines the passion for golf and the magic of great Bordeaux Wines…

  • Three-day tournament on 2 prestigious golf courses: “Vignes” Course and “Châteaux” Course at Golf du Médoc
  • Immersion of players in the heart of Médoc vineyards
  • Preferred …read more