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*/ This post about Bodegas Miguel Merino in Rioja, was submitted by Bill Eyer for the 2014 Guest Bloggers program.   Explorers, where have they all gone? It's a big question on my mind these days, as I quietly recall fond memories of a summer travel adventure to Rioja. Our history is replete with explorers, yes some of fame and others of infamy. With navel-gazing being today’s new Olympic ‘...
We are all looking forward to spending quality and fun times with our loved ones, while dreading planning the whole thing. At some point we have all done the all-inclusive resort, where the kids happily play in the children’s club and the parents relax by the pool. Let’s face it though - towards the end of it, it tends to get a bit boring as you never go out of the resort! Wouldn’t it be easier...
This post, by Clare Tooley, was submitted to the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program. Blogs are meant to be personal but I have a feeling this one should probably come with a health warning: ‘DANGER, winelover falls head over heels’. My brief encounter with the Napa has left me a little breathless and greatly inspired. It has provoked an emotional response which I express here, warts and all, in the...
This post, by Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Great Wine Capitals guest bloggers' program. Blog post URL:  http://www.insidertasting.com/blog/2013/06/28/star-satellites All photos:  Wendy Narby   The satellites, as their name implies, circulate around a star – the star being Saint Emilion. Although these appellations carry the name of their illustrious neighbour they are also in its...
This post by Wendy Narby is part of the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program. Blog URL:  http://www.insidertasting.com Photo credits:  Wendy Narby   If you are planning a visit to Bordeaux this year, here are a few ideas I’ll be suggesting to visitors.   Stay somewhere (very) different. I’m constantly suggesting lovely places to stay in and around Bordeaux on this blog but this year why not stay...
This blog post, submitted by Carlos Janeiro, participated in the 2013 Guest bloggers' program. Blog URL:  http://comerbeberlazer.blogspot.pt (All pictures copyright Comer, Beber, Lazer)   End of a sunny and hot summer afternoon in Douro. In that day I had the pleasure to visit a friend. More than a friend, a wine producer from a House in Douro that is constantly giving us wines with superior...
This post by Britt Karlson of BK Wine Tours (http://www.bkwinetours.com participated in the 2013 Guest Bloggers Program. All pictures copyright BKWine Tours As long as I can remember I have wanted to go to Valparaiso. To start with it had nothing to do with wine. There is a song about Valparaiso, written by my favourite Swedish poet. He travelled a lot in South America as a young sailor in the...
“FIESTA NACIONAL DE LA VENDIMIA”: THE ARGENTINIAN HARVEST FESTIVAL, THE BIGGEST WORLDWIDE WINE CELEBRATION   Many people wonder what is the “FIESTA NACIONAL DE LA VENDIMIA´s” attraction and appeal. Imagine fireworks, wine queens, dancing, and lots and lots of wine, set against the foothills of the Andes, and you've got the Argentinian Harvest Festival. And it´s always hard to explain, since it...
This post by Annabelle Latz was entered as part of the 2013 guest bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Blog post URL:  annabellelatz.blogspot.com   We flick the calendar page over to the month of March, harvest time rolls around in Marlborough, and a unique atmosphere encompasses the region. Cellar hands gather from all over the world, thriving on the fact they...
This post was submitted by Asa Johansson for the Great Wine Capitals 2013 guest bloggers program. All photographs copyright BK Wine Photography. http://www.bkwinetours.com   It may take a little bit of effort to really appreciate the wines of Tuscany but match it with the delicious food from this beautiful wine region and you will both be happy.     Italy is a paradise for wine lovers.  Wherever...

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