Why drag your car from one hard-to-find location to another? And even more importantly why worry about having to drive after tasting the wares? By hiring a limousine to take you and your party to the wineries you travel in style, saving a lot of time and effort. But of course, even if you are not driving you will want to limit your wine consumption so that you and everyone else fully enjoy the wine tour.
These articles are half travelogs, half wine-tasting blogs. Enjoy them, with or without an atlas and a wine glass at your side. While we do not necessarily agree with each author's affirmations, we only present articles that we feel are of value. We plan to add relevant articles from time to time.
Palmer gives us the bug for exploring this South African wine route. She includes and describes several destinations. If you're going to be anywhere close, get out your calendar and your map.
"Couple that wine with a picnic from their Deli, the setting sun, swallows winging their way through the early evening sky, candles and the Cape Town Philharmonic orchestra playing Christmas carols and you ..."The Cape Town Wine Route Wonders
Jay describes the fabulous Medoc wine region close to Bordeaux. It is hard to read about these famous wine growing communes without a glass in hand.
"By far the best way to arrive in the Medoc refreshed and ready for adventure..."Discovering the Medoc Wine Region
Hofman makes an excellent case for buying local wines and visiting local wineries. Given the perhaps surprising fact that all fifty states have wineries, several wineries may be within easy driving distance.
"Once you have followed your local wine trails, you will know how to pick out a good local wine you will enjoy. You'll probably even buy several bottles from the wine trail you visited! Not only will you be drinking good wine that you didn't know about before, but you ..."Explore the U. S. Wine Trails
Pacher describes a tour of Canada's largest wine producing region, the Niagara Peninsula, within relatively easy driving of Canada's largest city, Toronto.
"The bucolic countryside along the Niagara River features a large number of wineries and orchards and the road is lined with fruit stands, featuring fresh Ontario produce. Finally, we parked our car next to a beautiful park, right where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario. By this time, the Niagara River had turned from..."Hello from Toronto (3) - Exploring Niagara Wine Country
Oakville is home to the world-famous Opus One, perhaps the greatest wine of the world-famous winemaker, Robert Mondavi. It is also the home of Heidi Barrett, "One of the best, if not the best female vintner in the world."
"Some of the best wine collections in the world boast a Cabernet Sauvignon from Screaming Eagle. Located in the hills above the Oakville Bench, Screaming Eagle is the epitome of a cult winery. In fact, their 1997 Cab scored a perfect 100 from Robert Parker of Wine Enthusiast. Many wineries lay claim to perfection, but Screaming Eagle walks the walk. If you want to enjoy a wine from Screaming Eagle, get ready to..."Oakville Wine Country
Bicais presents a short history of a major Napa Valley wine region, one that lead the battle against Phylloxera. He introduces two European giants of American winemaking. Try to visit several Rutherford wineries.
"Wine embodies the heart and soul of the winemaker. Consequently it takes more than..."Rutherford Wine Country
Hudson gives us a guided tour of a world famous wine route, also known for its cheese and olives. Some of these estates have been producing wine for more than 300 years. I'll leave it up to you to agree or disagree with one of his statements. "The Red Route's Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are undoubtedly the best in the world."
"Along the way, if we're lucky, we may make the acquaintance of a genuine Garagiste, a class of heretic winemakers shunned in France by the old school traditionalists because of..."A Wine Drenched Tour Along The Red Route of Paarl, South Africa
If you have the time, the money, and an excellent network connection, why not attend the European Wine Academy's online courses in Malta, as described in this article? By the time you are reading this, these courses may be expanded to California.
"Following a successful trial run in London, the European Wine Academy (EWA) has expanded internationally and chosen Malta as the base for its Mediterranean Campus offering a range of high-standard short, long and professional wine courses..."Wine E-Learning Campus in Malta
Bicais describes a major wine region in California's world famous Napa Valley and how to decide which wineries to visit. He tells you about several of the best. The article concludes with a discussion of how to behave (etiquette) when visiting wine tasting rooms.
"The taster's overall experience is by far the most important part of wine tasting. Most wineries in Carneros realize this, and offer whatever they can to make your trip more enjoyable. Many tastings..."Wine Tasting in Carneros
Wine tasting without the tedious drive to the wineries? What a pleasure. Roth describes her wine tasting room just a ferry ride away from San Francisco.
"...Proprietor Marcy Roth aims to feature the wines of ten exceptional California wineries; the roster currently includes Ckebread, Domaine Carneros, Duckhorn, Grove Street, Miner, Quintessa, Rosenblum, Schramsberg, Silver Oak and Starry Night. ..."Wine Tasting in Sausalito