Category: Wines & Spirits

The wines of Bordeaux sampled on a culinary tour of France
May 11, 2018

Food and Wine Tours to France

Earlier this week we talked about some of our fabulous food and wine tours in Italy and Portugal. From the northern regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, and the Veneto, to the southern Puglia, Sicily, and Campania, Italy is a great food and wine tour destination. But France of course offers a plethora of other options for […]

View of the Veneto, home for your culinary vacation
May 09, 2018

Food and Wine Tours with TIK

Good food and good wine are the hallmarks of any great trip if you ask anyone at TIK! Whether you are traveling in the rolling hills of Tuscany, or the volcanic shadow of Mt. Etna or Mt. Vesuvius, whether in the esteemed vineyards of Bordeaux to the high-altitude region of Mendoza, Argentina, great food and […]

Rose wine in glasses during your food and wine tour
May 19, 2017

Rose Wines

What’s a rose wine, and how does it get it’s pink hue? First, as you (hopefully) realize, the dark color in red wines comes from the skins – when the grapes are crushed, the resulting…

View of the vineyards on your food and wine tour
May 17, 2017

Like Wine? We’ve Got the Trips for You

For those of you who can’t think “vacation” without thinking “winery” – we’ve got you covered! Most of our itineraries take place in areas where wine production is a key part of the local gastronomic scene…

Limoncello making on an Amalfi cooking vacation
Apr 14, 2017

How to Make Homemade Limoncello

You can drink plenty of limoncello on any of our Amalfi Coast cooking vacations, and for April you can currently take advantage of a 30% off promotion at our best-selling Mediterranean Cooking Experience! Contact us for details.

Learn how to make this famous Amalfi Coast liqueur at home, and read about the time Peg (successfully!) brought home a jar of limoncello on a flight here – needless to say, it was an adventure!

Casks of cognac on a French wine tour.
Nov 18, 2016

Cocktail Recipes with Cognac or Armagnac

Brandy is a subject that comes up frequently in our blogs, and in our office conversations. There are so many types of brandies in France alone that it’s no wonder we return time and again to this wonderful spirit. If you thought brandy was just, well, brandy think again! It is at heart a spirit distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice, but the results…

Wine glass during wine tasting on Argentina cooking vacation
Oct 05, 2016

Best Wines to Pair with a Hearty Dish

We can’t talk about hearty fall dishes without also talking about which wines we think should accompany them! We do tend to pair like with like – so we like a good Italian wine with a dish of pasta, but a Spanish wine with a plate of jamon. But what specific …

Making wine from grapes on a food and wine tour with TIK
Sep 14, 2016

Food and Wine Tours: From Grapes Into Wine

The flavor you taste when snacking on grapes is quite different than the flavor of wine those grapes can turn into. But those flavors are dependent on a whole lot more than just blending different grapes (although it’s part of that too). While every wine estate and winery does things a little bit different, some more modern than others, this…

Pisco Sour on Peru Cooking Vacations
Aug 01, 2016

Pisco Sour

While the precise origins of the pisco sour remain disputed, one thing is for certain: it’s a must-try when you visit Peru. It’s easily the most popular cocktail in Peru, in part because pisco is one of their most popular high-proofed alcohols. With its continuing rise in popularity, the brandy is also becoming easier to get in the States. So if you’re looking for a sweet and delicious cocktail to try this Summer, try this recipe!

This particular pisco sour recipe comes from our newest Peru cooking vacation, Culinary Journey into the Amazon. In addition to a variety of cooking classes, the 6-night journey into the San Martin and Amazonas region, features a cocktail demonstration.

Learn more about the specialties of Peru with a cooking vacation to South America.

Spicy Mexican cocktail on a culinary tour of Mexico
Jun 24, 2016

Two Unique Summer Cocktail Recipes

There are some cocktails and Summer beverages that seem so tied to and associated to a place. A margarita is like that for Mexico, just as sangria is for Spain. But on your next overseas culinary vacation…