Winos - er, oenophiles - and beer lovers unite! Here we go galavanting after the grape and hopping after the hop - and there are of course scores of fetching (and sometimes surprising) countries and regions to choose from. Cheers!

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6 scintillating sparkling wines from Europe

  Raise a glass to the world of sparkling wine! French Champagne is the most famous, of course, but there are many types of bubbly wine enjoyed around the world, and some of the best/most nobale hail from Europe. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy a glass with friends, there is a sparkling wine out there for everyone. Here are some of the most popular types that you can find at your favorite wine shop or online.    read post  

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The wine country around Solvang, southern California

Fess Parker Winery And speaking of vineyards, Solvang is also surrounded by more than 125 wineries producing some of the world's best vintages and many accepting visitors for tours and tasting; among of the most popular are half-century-old Firestone Vineyard, Fess Parker Winery (above, founded in 1988 by the actor famous for playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV in the 1950s and 60s), and Sunstone Winery, in business since 1990 and with an enphasis on environmental sustainability. read…

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Discovering wine and more in New York State's Finger Lakes region

Luke Petrinec/Steuban County CVB As a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), I was fortunate to attend a webinar on the Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes presented by Kevin Costello, president and CEO of the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Dave DeGolye, the bureau’s communications manager. I was only somewhat familiar with this wine region, so was pleased to learn more about its wineries as well as to be introduced to all its…

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Saying 'G’Day' to some fine Australian wines

      Some weeks ago, our Southern California Wine Council greeted 2022 with a tasting of five wines from the Land Down Under which are exported to the United States.  Four of these wines are produced by Eight at the Gate in the Wrattonbully wine country located along the country's southeastern coast, about 280 miles from Melbourne and stretching throughout the hill country of the Stewarts and Naracoorte mountain ranges.  This area has a temperate climate, long growing season, and significant…

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  • Having traveled for the first time several months ago above the Arctic Circle (specifically in Norway), I was intrigued to come across locally produced wine. And it turns out that Arctic wine is now a thing - and given climate change´s impact on most other wine-growing regions around the world, has a bright future and perhaps a few things to teach other regions:
    The Arctic Circle: A new frontier for sustainable wine
    Once seen as experimental and at the fringe of what's possible, a commercial wine industry in regions just below the Arctic circle is taking advantag…
  • Prost to a sudsy summer in Europe!
    Revealed: Europe’s top 20 beer destinations to visit this summer
    And Munich doesn't even make the top 10
  • It´s the holiday season here in Spain- and that´s when our homegrown cava especially sparkles, as the Washington Post recently wrote about:
  • I´ve been following the 42 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites announced last month, and this one might be of interest to beer aficionados: the town of Žatec and the Landscape of Saaz Hops, a bit over an hour northwest of Prague:
    Žatec and the Landscape of Saaz Hops
    This cultural landscape has been shaped for centuries by the living tradition of cultivating and trading the world’s most renowned hop variety, used…
  • Wine in...India?? Seems so...
    Tropical vineyards put India on the wine map
    With little history of wine-drinking and unfavourable weather, developing vineyards in India is tough work.
  • I recently came across this admirable summing up of Europe's premier wine regions. It of course includes the expected powerhouses - including my own country, Spain - but also several surprises (would you believe Albania?)
    Uncorking Europe's Best Wine Regions: Hidden Gems & Top Producers
    Discover the best wine regions of Europe, from well-known destinations like Tuscany and Bordeaux to hidden gems like Lavaux and Moravia.
  • If you're a beer lover, just came out with a piece highlighting the USA's 17 best cities for suds - with some interesting surprises!
  • A new craft-beer hotspot in - would you believe Guanacaste, Costa Rica??
    This Sunny Costa Rican Province Is Becoming A Top Destination For Craft Beer
    Traditionally known for its abundant natural beauty, Guanacaste has undergone a serious brewery boom over the past decade.
  • In the U.S., cities especialy known for craft beer include Portland in both Maine and Oregon, San Francisco, and Denver. But these days other locales are angling for a piece of the pie - one of the latest is Tampa, Florida:
    Craft beer is the focus of Visit Tampa Bay's latest marketing campaign
    The relaunched Bay Crafted effort is aimed at driving new and repeat tourists to the region.
  • Who would've though - wine production booming in the desert? But Coahuila state is the site of the oldest still functioning winery in the Americas, founded in 1597, and in recent years vineyards have been booming - here's an interesting read all about it:
    ‘A focus on quality’: Mexico’s wine industry bears fruit in revival of tradition | Mexico | The Gua…
    Vineyards are blooming in the desert of Coahuila state, but vintners must make do with increasingly scarce water
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