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An introduction to wine tasting etiquette. Whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it. To help you out at your next event, we’ve compiled a list of our top dos and don’ts,... read more

For many people a cruise is the ultimate holiday, a destination that stays the same yet is always moving, a base amidst the changing beauty of many a scenic port town hugging the sunny coastline. The Mediterranean captures our imagination as an exotic land of culture and history, good food, good wine, and sunsets over quiet waves. Many Europeans make what could almost be considered a pilgrimage to its shores every year, its very name conjuring up images of relaxation... read more

One of the nicest ways to holiday, if you are a wine lover, would be to hire a car and drive around your favourite wine regions, stopping to stay in interesting places and visiting wineries. Add to that, tasting the food and exploring wine regions, and you have a memorable wine holiday. One of my favourite regions is La Rioja. Spain's most special wine region has over 500 wineries and is a short distance away from other Spanish cities: Bilbao, San... read more

England Sparkling wine is the highlight of this country as of late. Yes, England makes still reds and whites, and even a few cheeky fortified wines. But within the past few years sparklings are where England shines brightest. In fact, just last year, English sparkling wine won over Champagne in a Paris blind tasting. Sacré bleu! Wine has been produced in England for hundreds of years, but it seems that only within the past decade or so have they... read more

Mendoza: Argentina’s largest and most important wine region. The climate and topography found here provide an ideal environment for the consistent production of high quality wine. Meanwhile, the rich selection of restaurants and bodegas (wineries) make this region a wine lover’s mecca and must-visit location on any oenological atlas. Comprised of three sub-regions (Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley) that span over 400km², knowing where to go and what to do... read more

Here is our selection of the best boat ride and wine tasting experiences combined to make your day or week a memorable one. Our experts have created for you the most exclusive tours. 1. Douro Valley Wine Tasting, River Cruise and Mateus Palace - Portugal The tour starts in the morning, with a stop at a splendid Portuguese Palace home to the famous Mateus rosé. After a stroll around the manor house and gardens, you will be taken to... read more

Bordeaux wine has been celebrated as the best wine in the world for hundreds of years. Leading the charge are the famous First Growths: Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Haut Brion and Margaux. While every wine lover in the world wants to visit these chateaux, gaining an invitation can be difficult. But don’t worry; with over 3000 estates in the greater Bordeaux area there are plenty of other amazing chateaux and elegant wines to enjoy. 1. A 5th Growth owned by... read more

Rioja has got it all - from traditional bodegas and medieval caves to modern, jaw-dropping architectural cellars. Our regional expert, Jenny, names some of the best wineries to visit in Rioja. Check out our map to discover where the best wineries in Rioja are. Bodegas Muga in Haro - many consider it the best tasting room in Rioja. No appointments needed; just call in and taste! A visit of the winery is also not to be missed as they... read more

  With continued technological advancements and massive investments in R&D, the wine production in Australia has achieved great heights in the course of the last 30 years. The country is currently the eighth largest wine producer in the world and the iconic New World wine nation. The production is concentrated in the southern part of the island, near the coast, where the climate is cooler, mediterranean. In particular the region of South Australia holds 50% of the national planted... read more

When you think of Eastern Europe, a long troubled history of war and hard-line Communist regime may well be what springs to mind. For years this part of the continent has remained nearly undiscovered - but things have changed.  Surreal, exciting and constantly surprising, Eastern Europe is an amazing warehouse of culture, history and architecture as well as picturesque scenery. What you’ll find is historic sights, heritage buildings, lakes, rivers, glorious countryside, cosmopolitan cities flavored with... read more