Category: Wines & Spirits

A wonderful picnic with French rose wine.
Jun 22, 2016

The Perfect Summer Drink: Rosé Wine

The pink drink of Starbucks has been shared far and wide on social media this Summer, but don’t forget the original pink drink of the summer: a deliciously crisp and light rosé wine. While a good rosé — with its pale pink hue — can be found all over the world, from Europe to South America…

The colors of Cognac
Jun 20, 2016

Crafting a Cognac Cocktail for Summer

Cognac may be best known as a brandy and aged spirit that is wonderful for sipping. Plus, with its warm and comforting earthy flavors, it’s also often associated with enjoying it alongside…

Bottles of Cognac ready for a tasting during a food and wine tour of France
Apr 13, 2016

All About Cognac (and Why It Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List)

All cognacs are brandy, but not all brandies are cognac. For that designation, the grapes used in the eaux de vie — or “water of life” — must come from the six vineyard growing areas, or crus, of Cognac. (And yes there’s a town to that goes by the name of Cognac too). But those facts don’t do this lovely — and largely undiscovered by tourists — region justice…

A beautiful Port wine cocktail on a cooking vacation in Portugal.
Apr 06, 2016

Culinary Tours in Portugal: Port Wine Cocktails

It’s Wine Wednesday! And since we’re featuring Portugal this week, we’re featuring one of our favorites, port wine (or Porto). Port is actually a fortified wine, which means it is produced with the addition of …

Sunset over the vineyards of Chianti during our wine tours Tuscany Italy.
Feb 24, 2016

Antinori in the Chianti Classico

When you first spy the new Antinori winery from the roadside leading from Florence into the heart of the Chianti Classico, you almost miss it. Then you do a double take, and your jaw drops open. It is built into the hillside in such a way…

Closeup of margarita cocktails
Feb 10, 2016

Mexican Cocktails

One of our favorite sunny destinations is Mexico, and for wine Wednesday we’ll feature Mexican cocktails! It’s not just the tasty mix of salty, sweet, and sour that you find in a margarita or sangrita…

An assortment of cocktails for a New Year's toast on a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.
Dec 30, 2015

New Year’s Eve Cocktails

Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve! We can’t believe how fast the year as gone, and we look forward to an amazing 2016. My husband and I are not big partiers for New Year’s – usually an easy dinner …

Chianti bottles on a food and wine tour in Tuscany
Dec 16, 2015

Wines of Tuscany

What makes Tuscany, and Florence in particular, so popular with Americans and tourists from around the world? Is it the art? Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, it certainly offers unparalleled masterpieces to see. Is it simply its history as…

A delicious pan of sauteed clams in wine sauce during a culinary vacation in Italy.
Nov 04, 2015

The Food and Wine of Puglia

Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot, is a fertile land with fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, and meat in abundance, and is Italy’s top producer of bread, olive oil, and wine! More than Tuscany, more than Sicily, more than Umbria. And yet, as one of Italy’s …