Category: Wines & Spirits

A view of Santorini Greece on a culinary tour with TIK
Jul 02, 2014

Food and Wine Tours in Greece – All About Santorini Wines

The island of Santorini is regaled today for everything from its local foods — particularly fava, capers, and white eggplants — to its stunning views of the surrounding Aegean Sea. But the island originally became famous for its wine…

Spritz cocktails enjoyed on a culinary tour of Italy.
May 28, 2014

Venetian Cocktails: Spritz and Bellinis

Try visiting Venice and you will run across one thing that is more abundant than the canals: the “spritz.” Doesn’t sound Italian to you? How about “Bellini,” have you heard …

Tequila on a tasty Mexico cooking vacation.
May 07, 2014

A Guide to Tequila and Mexican Spirits

Everyone has heard of it, and our clients sure enjoy it on our culinary vacations to Mexico, but what exactly goes into making a tequila? What is the difference between tequila and mezcal? And are there other ways to drink it besides tequila shots or margaritas?…

Cantucci and vin santo on a cooking vacation in Tuscany
Apr 30, 2014

Wine Lover’s Italy – A Guide to Tuscany’s Vin Santo

Italians have developed the knack for making wonderful alcoholic drinks to accompany their desserts, and the result is the many digestivi and dessert wines you will find to end your meal in Italy. One of the most famous examples of this…

A sherry tasting on a culinary tour of Spain
Apr 09, 2014

Spain Wine Tours: a Guide to Sherry Wines

Everyone has heard of sherry, but did you know that it can be pale gold and dry or mahogony and sweet? Or that its name comes from the Spanish “Xeres” (Jerez), a town in Andalusia? Most would simply call sherry a fortified wine, but having travelled to Andalusia, I can tell you, it is so much more! From its taste to its production techniques, sherry is certainly unique…

Wine Toast on a Culinary Tour in Italy
Mar 26, 2014

Wine Lover’s Italy: A Guide to the Wines of Tuscany

What is a “super-Tuscan”? How do you pronounce Sassicaia? Where do they make Chianti Classico? What’s the difference between a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and a Brunello di Montalcino? In today’s blog we’ll do a brief survey of Tuscan wines to answer these questions and more…

Italy Culinary Tours and Amalfi Coast Limoncello
Mar 19, 2014

Limoncello, the Drink of the Amalfi Coast

There are many Italian after-dinner liqueurs, or “digestivi,” and each region boasts its own favorites. If you take a cooking vacation to the Amalfi Coast, be ready for some limoncello, the lemon liqueur that has grown in popularity outside Italy as well…

Dessert wines on a culinary tour in France
Mar 05, 2014

Wine Lover’s France – A Guide to French Dessert Wines

Dessert wines abound in Europe, from the sweet reds and moscatos of Italy to the ports, madeiras, and sherries of Portugal. France too is well known for its after-dinner wines, considering nearly every region has their own sweet wine…

View of the Veneto, home for your culinary vacation
Feb 26, 2014

Wine Lover’s Italy – A Guide to Veneto Wines

Any cooking vacation in the Veneto would be incomplete without a tasting of its wines. This is the land of Amarone di Valpolicella, one of the most unique and prized wines in the world. And yet, much of the the Veneto’s wines are mass produced. How to sort out the true gems from …