Category: Wines & Spirits

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 …

Pears ready for poaching during a cooking class
Sep 09, 2015

Recipe for Pears Poached in Wine

What could be more seasonal than a perfect fall poached pear? One of nature’s perfectly sweet fruits, a pear “pairs” perfectly with a variety of wines. We’ve included a classic poached recipe below, using red wine, but try using…

A meaty hamburger enjoyed during a culinary vacation with The International Kitchen.
Sep 02, 2015

Wine Pairings for Burgers

An ice-cold beer typically goes well with a burger, but here at The International Kitchen we’re a bit partial to wine with our meals, and that includes during a barbecue over Labor Day Weekend. As with any wine…

Champagne toast on a France tour
Aug 12, 2015

Sparkling Wines and Appetizers on our Culinary Tours

It’s often said that when in doubt about wine pairing, try a sparkling wine. They are more versatile than one might think, not at all just for toasting a special event. But while they might adapt themselves to …

Toasting with wine during a mother-daughter cooking vacation
Aug 05, 2015

The Wine Toasting Traditions of Greece

Every country may have a different name for it, and a different way of doing it, but there’s no question about it: toasting with wine dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Then again, it wasn’t called ‘toasting’ back then. Rather, the elite men of…

Enjoying a mojito on a cooking vacation with TIK.
Jun 17, 2015

Favorite Summer Drinks

Sitting out on the patio with a cold drink is one of summer’s true pleasures. We asked the staff of The International Kitchen what their favorite summer beverages are the responses …

View of the mountains during your cooking vacation in the French Alps
Jun 03, 2015

Food & Wine Tours of France: The Wines of Savoie

What makes the wines of the Savoie (or Savoy) region of France unique? Certainly part of it is the alpine landscape. Just imagine rows of wines blanketing the sides of mountains, sloping down to lakes, perched on the sunny…

A delicious lunch of seafood on a boat in Greece.
May 27, 2015

Crete Wines and a Prawns Saganaki Recipe

As the largest Greek island, Crete has a little bit of everything, from popular long sandy beaches to quiet hidden coves and mountain villages. It also has a vibrant, but in many ways still burgeoning, winemaking scene that has quite the history; winemaking may have started here over 3,000 years ago…

Cooking together on an Italy culinary vacation.
May 20, 2015

Regional Wine & Pasta Pairings

What better blog for pasta week than a regional wine and pasta pairing menu? While there are some pasta shapes that you find throughout Italy, each region has its own specialties. And of course, if you pair a regional pasta with …