Sipping Saint-Émilion Grand Cru at Château Cantenac

Château Cantenac Saint Emilion

Bordeaux is France’s largest fine wine region in both production and vineyard acreage, with over 9000 producers and 60 Bordeaux appellations recognized by the AOC (the Appellation d’Origine Controlle). Saint-Émilion, both a town and appellation in the Bordeaux, has a history that dates back to Roman times and is the oldest still active wine producing […]

Blend Your Own Cognac at Camus Cognac

Camus Cognac

Cognac isn’t just an after-dinner drink. It’s a charming town in the Poitou-Charentes region of southwestern France, where I’m told the sun shines no less than 330 days of the year. Though I would have loved to spend time wandering the town, which gives its name to one of the world’s most famous types of […]

The Barcelona Hotel for Wine Lovers

Praktik Vinoteca

You can savor Spain’s famous Rioja wines without ever leaving chic Barcelona, yet feel like you’re in the heart of Spanish wine country. Hotel Praktik Vinoteca is a boutique wine themed hotel located in the heart of the Eixample district, steps away from fantastic restaurants, wine bars, the Passeig de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya. With […]

7 Must Visit Wineries for Cantine Aperte

Cantine Aperte Friuli Venezia Giulia

  “And on the seventh day God rested from all the work he had done.” Twelve years of Catholic school has the Book of Genesis burned into my brain. But in America, not much is actually closed on a Sunday. As Americans our 24/7, go-go-go, need-it-now mentality makes us forget that time practically stands still […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting

Beginner's Guide to Wine Tasting

You sit down at a nice restaurant and are presented the wine list. You might ask for a few recommendations and finally settle upon a bottle to order. Before you know it, your waiter is proudly presenting the bottle to you and pours just a tasting amount in the glass with a flourish. If you’re […]

Wine Wednesday: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Arizona Hops and Vines

Are you ready for some football?! As a non-football-loving and non-beer-drinking spouse that has been dragged to her fair share of Super Bowl Sunday parties, drinkable wines are my key to surviving the hootin’ and hollerin’ game day. Wine isn’t just for pairing with a perfectly pink filet or an aromatic herb crusted lamb chop. […]

The Secret Movie Theater at One Aldwych

Film & Fizz One Aldwych

I have a confession. After a day running around sightseeing, hiking, kayaking or whatever latest adventure it is that we’re researching, I’m exhausted! I long ago was over the nightlife scene and it might sound lame, but I’m often more than happy to just order room service and stay in. So when One Aldwych, a luxe 5-star […]

Un”wine”ding at the Ritz Carlton Chicago Spa


The health benefits of wine are undisputed. Red wine – in moderation, that is – has heart-healthy benefits and doctors say that the antioxidants even help prevent heart disease. The early Europeans were ages ahead in documenting the grape’s health benefits. Greek physician Hippocrates even used wine to treat patients in the 4th century B.C. […]

The Best of Bremen

Bremen Town Hall

Bremen is a buzzing Hanseatic city on the Weser River, which delightfully feels like stepping back into the 15th century. Even on a gray day, the Altstadt (Old Town) glitters in all its glorious gilding and the Gothic Town Hall is beautifully baubled and blinged out. We really only scratched the surface, but these are […]