Category: Wines & Spirits

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May 17, 2017

By Peg Kern

Like Wine? We've Got the Trips for You

Filed Under  Destination Features, Wines & Spirits, France, Italy, USA

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 (although there are of course exceptions). If you are interested in doing a food and wine tour that focusses a little more heavily on wine, here are a few options for you to consider:… Read
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April 14, 2017

By Peg Kern

How to Make Homemade Limoncello

Filed Under  Recipes, Wines & Spirits, Italy

Limoncello is one of our favorite liqueurs or after dinner drinks. It is wonderful tangy, fresh, and when made properly imbued with the very essence of lemons. You can drink plenty of limoncello on any of our Amalfi Coast cooking vacations, or you can learn to make it yourself on our best-selling Mediterranean Cooking Experience! Contact us for details on our Amalfi Coast cooking vacations. Scroll down to see how… Read
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November 18, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

Cocktail Recipes with Cognac or Armagnac

Filed Under  Recipes, Wines & Spirits, France, USA

Brandy is a subject that comes up frequently in our blogs, in our office conversations, and on our French culinary vacations. 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… Read
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October 5, 2016

By Peg Kern

Best Wines to Pair with a Hearty Dish

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Wines & Spirits, Argentina, France, Italy

We can't talk about hearty fall dishes without also talking about which wines we think should accompany them, and which you can discover on our food and wine tours! 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 jamón. But what specific wines do we recommend for comfort food? One… Read
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September 28, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

A Walk through the Douro Valley

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Wines & Spirits, Portugal

Portugal isn't nearly as well known as its neighbor, Spain, other than perhaps, for its wine: port wine, to be specific. And where will you find port wine, and how it's made? In the stunningly beautiful Douro Valley, which was named one of the best places to visit this year by Travel+Leisure magazine. The valley stretches from the city of Porto (worth of a visit of its own too) to… Read
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September 14, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

Food and Wine Tours: From Grapes Into Wine

Filed Under  Food History, Wines & Spirits

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 is the very basic process of turning grapes into wine.… Read
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