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The chocolate Easter bunny has become a modern symbol for Easter, but this religious holiday has a wealth of old traditions in many nations that are still observed and maybe even more delicious! Easter rituals around the world vary from eating sweet hot-cross buns here in the UK, to oranges in Norway and more strangely to rodent buffets (anyone up for it?) in Columbia. To tickle your taste buds, we have compiled a list of Easter traditions, unusual customs and... read more

May is the perfect time for a vineyard visit, whether you are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere! South of the equator, in Australia, South Africa and Argentina, harvest time is over and the fermentation process is just beginning with this year’s grapes. You might be lucky enough to sample some wine straight from the barrel! In the Northern hemisphere, in France, USA and Italy, as temperatures rise to between 1... read more

What can be better than spending the Easter Sunday with a glass of good wine paired with your favourite chocolate? This sounds very intriguing, but do you know who actually came up with this idea? The history of wine and chocolate pairing is not very long, the idea being born in 2002 when Kevin Arnold was inspired by an article about the antioxidant and health properties of the cocoa bean and chocolate.  The innovative matching was introduced by the Waterford... read more

A trip to the Douro valley is a must for wine lovers, whether you're a fan of Port in particular or Portuguese wines in general. More than 2,000 years of winemaking have shaped this UNESCO World Heritage Site into a unique, vine-terraced destination dotted with wineries that welcome visitors with attractive tasting rooms, dining and accommodation options.  However, driving a car along the narrow, winding roads that make their way up the dizzyingly steep slopes is not for everyone. So... read more

With warmer weather comes cravings for lighter summery foods, and what’s more estival than seafood? More than that, what seafood isn’t enjoyed best with a wine? With there being so many options in both categories, it can be difficult to know what the best pairings would be. Never fear, we’re here to help you out with that! We’ve compiled a number of popular wine possibilities with an array of seafood favorites.  ... read more

Whether they are black or white, big or small, French or Italian, the season for one of the most loved gourmet products in the world is coming and it’s time to hunt truffles! Did you know there is a special University in Italy for training truffle hunting dogs? Known as white and black gold, truffles are a very special delicatessen because they are usually found only in some regions of Italy and France. They grow naturally underground, so... read more

Some things are just meant to be paired together. Peanut butter and jelly, tomato and basil, coffee and cream. Without one, the other seems to fall short of our appetites expectation. The pairing of steak and wine is no exception. Steak is a favorite primal fare, but there is no denying that it tastes even better with a cultivated wine. Fortunately for those who refuse to enjoy a steak without a wine there are plenty of global options to keep... 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

Perfectly located in the south of France, now part of the Occitanie region, the Languedoc-Roussillon province is a unique wine destination. The Greeks were the very first to start planting vines in the 5th century, followed by the Romans. Languedoc has been long known to be the biggest wine producing region in France blending poor quality wines. In the early 1970's, the region saw a dramatic shift, noble grape varieties were planted and young winemakers specialised in quality wines. Here... read more

From Portugal to Puglia, we have selected the best harvest tours you should consider joining in 2017!   Portugal Luxury Harvest Tour 7 days in September (from 4,500€ pp) Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in Porto and the Douro Valley with this wine tour. Feel the weight of the grapes in the palm of your hand, smell the rocky soils beneath your feet, and hear the rush of the Douro River below you. Get ready to have fun throughout the... read more