While traveling overseas to enjoy the regional food specialties of a particular region is a passion for everyone at The International Kitchen, food is never complete without some wine, particularly in… well, most of the countries where we have trips! No matter which country you travel to, chances are, there’s a vineyard or two, or many many more, that will offer both tours of their estate as well as tastings of some of their best wines. While it’s hard to go wrong with any wine, we all have some wine tastings or experiences that were more memorable than others. Here are just a few!
Founder Karen Herbst’s Favorite Wine
“One of my memorable wine experiences was many, many years ago. I had a large booking at a hotel in Florence, and, when I left the hotel manager presented me with a bottle of Tignanello. I knew it was a very expensive wine from Antinori, but I had never had the opportunity before to taste it.
“That night I was invited to dinner at the house of a friend in Florence and I brought the bottle. We shared it over dinner and, OMG, I had never tasted anything like it before, it was superb. It remains one of my favorite wines to this day.” (We also have an amazing cooking vacation at Antinori’s wine estate!)
Richard’s Favorite Wine Tasting
“My favorite wine tasting was actually a champagne tasting at the Moet et Chandon cellars in Epernay (Reims), France. Obviously the champagne was quite tasty but my interest in French history is what made the tasting special to me. The house started in the 18th century and served the French court of Louis XV. It also had a close connection to Napoleon (who had an account with the house and visited regularly. And if that is not enough they also produce Dom Perignon!”
As for one of my cherished wine tasting memories? During a fam trip to Provence — organized to familiarize tour operators with particular parts of France and to find new cooking vacations and wine tours — we stopped at a number of wineries, but one in particular stood out. After a long drive in a bus, we pulled up to a charming building which was home to the corkscrew museum of Ménerbes. The museum was packed with ancient corkscrews of all shapes, sizes, and designs — I never knew such a place existed! And after perusing all these fabulous pieces of history, we enjoyed a glass of wine and then visited the mayor’s house, a very special treat.
What’s your fondest memory that relates to wine or a wine tasting?
By Liz Hall
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