Category: Wines & Spirits

Nov 05, 2014

How to Make a Wine and Cheese Course

Everyone loves a cheese plate, so today we’ll talk about how to put one together and how to pair it with wines. Both endeavors can be complicated: there are plenty of …

An antipasto featuring Mediterranean foods and olives and wine on a foodie tour
Oct 29, 2014

Olives and Wines: The Perfect Pairings

he olive may be a small fruit, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in variety and flavor. All those different flavors are due to a number of factors: from how the olives thrive in many climates and soils (from Morocco to California) to how they’re cured. And when it comes to curing…

Sign for truffle at an Italian market
Oct 15, 2014

How to Pair Truffles with Wine

Truffles are a luxury and an indulgence, and the last thing you want to do when you partake in this expensive ingredient is to eat it while drinking the wrong kind of wine. Similar to pretty much all wine pairings…

Wine barrels full of delicious wine during a culinary vacation in Italy with The International Kitchen.
Oct 01, 2014

Wine Lover’s Italy: Celebrating Montepulciano Wines with a Festival

Just south of Siena, discover the ancient walled city of Montepulciano with its stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. In the heart of the Vino Nobile wine region, it’s no surprise that this town – complete with Renaissance and Baroque architecture – is best known for it’s red wines. But what may surprise

Enjoying a wonderful outdoor wine festival with plenty of wine and delicious food on a culinary vacation with The International Kitchen.
Sep 24, 2014

A Wine Lover’s Guide to Wine Harvest Festivals

Fall is a great time to travel to Europe for many reasons, from truffle festivals to wine and olive harvests. In fact, there are numerous wine festivals in September and October to celebrate the grape. Whether you are a serious …

A winemaker on our Tuscany wine tours.
Sep 22, 2014

The Wine Harvest

Vendemmia, vendange, vendimia: the Italians, French, and Spaniards consider the act of harvesting grapes for wine so important that it merits its own word, different even than the word used for picking grapes for eating…

Learn to make Sangria
Sep 17, 2014

Sangria Recipes from our Portugal Cooking Vacation

No matter which way you pour it, sangria is a delicious concoction that originates from Spain. The centuries-old “punch” first became popular centuries ago, during Roman times, when water was largely considered unsafe to drink. While many enjoyed wine on its own, others added fruit…

Feasting in Italy with good food and wine.
Sep 10, 2014

Foodie Trips to Italy: The Wines of Puglia

Puglia (or Apulia) and Sicily are Italy’s top two wine producers, but the vast majority of the grapes produced in Puglia are shipped out in the form of blending wine (usually high-alcohol) or concentrated grape must. But, like many of Italy’s wine-producing regions…