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7 Ways to Enjoy Santa Barbara Aside from the Beach

With many exciting outdoor activities, Santa Barbara is perfectly poised to be your beach destination of choice. But there’s a lot more happening in this big little town than first meets the eye. With a population of around 100,000, a mean annual temperature of 72, and miles of beautiful coastline, Santa Barbara is a playground […]

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July 1, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Discover the Best Food and Wine in Melbourne

It’s hard to pin one particular tag on Melbourne’s cuisine; it’s too diverse. From cool coffee shops to classic Italian bistros, authentic Thai street food to and molecular gastronomy inspired eateries, Melbourne is bound to have something to satisfy your tastebuds.

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April 16, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The 10 Best Wine and Food Festivals in the World

Wine connoisseurs and foodies have plenty to get excited about this year, with a packed roster of gastronomic events taking place around the globe. From celebrity studded culinary masterclasses to grape-stomping competitions, here are 10 Wine and Food festivals that you don’t want to miss.

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April 4, 2013 by | 2 Comments

5 Lesser-Known South Australia Wine Regions

Wynns Coonawarra

While most people have heard of the Barossa Valley, South Australia has many other lesser-known yet worthwhile wine regions to explore. Experiences like fine chocolate and wine pairings, biking vineyard trails, wine gallery browsing and artisanal cheese and wine sampling are possible in these off the beaten path wine destinations.

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February 14, 2013 by | Comments Off on 5 Lesser-Known South Australia Wine Regions

Wine Tasting in Australia’s Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley wine tour

The Yarra Valley is arguably Victoria’s premiere wine and food region and is the birthplace of Victorian wine. We recently spent a day there sipping its highly regarded cool climate wines. Just one hour from Melbourne’s city center, a day trip is a great way to experience Victoria’s scenic countryside while sampling some fine wines […]

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December 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa

Constantia Vineyards

Zipping between sandy bays and swank wine estates, our driver pointed out Kalk Bay—a popular site for seeing southern right whales—then drove us to the oldest winery in South Africa. We’d only left downtown Cape Town a mere 25 minutes prior, and my mind was trying to throw off preconceived notions as quickly as the […]

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November 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa

The Wine Guide to Burgundy, France

Burgundy bike

With its ancient chateaus set amidst swooping valleys and over 5,000 wine growers helping keep the region at the top of the wine lists, there are few destinations more idyllic for wine lovers than Burgundy. Bordeaux’s more rustic rival, Burgundy still retains much of its historic charm, with family-run vineyards, stone-built wine cellars (or ‘caves’) […]

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November 12, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Country

Baja Wine_Kyle Ellison_03

Mexican wines are proving themselves to rival vintages found anywhere across the globe. In fact, the soil in Baja was historically so amenable to grape production that in 1699 Spain banned the production of Baja wine because of the dire effects it was having on wine exports to the New World. In modern, independent Mexico, […]

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November 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Country

Kangaroo Island: South Australia’s Foodie Paradise and Wildlife Haven

Sea Lions

As the sky streaked orange and yellow, dusk found us in Grassdale National Park surrounded by hundreds of reddy-grey kangaroos in a feeding frenzy; they grazed unconcernedly as we moved among them, bouncing off across the tussocky grassland if we got too close. My husband and I had journeyed to Kangaroo Island, sitting off the […]

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October 23, 2012 by | 3 Comments

California Wine Country Romance in Napa Valley

Napa

Most of the world’s great winemaking regions are considered romantic destinations; after all wine is a generally a celebratory drink meant to be savored over great food and conversation, an emblem of “the good life” and the luxury of time to enjoy it. Napa Valley is one of California’s most famous winemaking regions, and undoubtedly […]

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October 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on California Wine Country Romance in Napa Valley