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Ora Hotel, Priorat’s newest lodging destination

by  |  10-08-2022

Today sees the grand opening of the Ora Hotel in Torroja, a lovely stone village at the dead center of the Priorat wine region. It’s an opening that got quite delayed from its original timeline... more » Today sees the grand opening of the Ora Hotel in Torroja, a... more »

Drinking well, in the Faroe Islands

by  |  28-06-2022

A series that looks at how to enjoy a drink in less obvious and at times, exotic destinations. I couldn’t really place the Faroe Islands on a map until one day myself and the editor-in-chief... more » A series that looks at how to enjoy a drink in less... more »

The wine trains of Spain

by  |  01-09-2021

For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to underestimate just how big Spain actually is. Spoiler, it’s big, like, California big but squarish instead of rectangularish. Travelers often think it’s a... more » For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to... more »

Replay: The demise of “Atwater & Clough”, a cautionary enotourism tale

by  |  30-08-2021

This is a reprint of the original article that ran March 17th, 2020. As we head into the main season for enotourism, I feel it's time to take a look at a trusted enotourism brand... more » This is a reprint of the original article that ran March 17th,... more »

The demise of “Atwater & Clough”, a cautionary enotourism tale

by  |  17-03-2020

The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news to hit the travel industry in a long time--until of course COVID-19 emerged. This large, venerable travel agency collapsing meant tens of thousands... more » The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news... more »

Drinking well, in Bali

by  |  10-10-2019

A series that looks at how to enjoy a drink in less obvious and at times, exotic destinations. If asking a potential tourist where they would like to go, the answer is probably, “Where there... more » A series that looks at how to enjoy a drink in less... more »

How to visit the Priorat wine region

by  |  27-01-2019 ~ 4 Comments

Despite the fact that I travel a lot for writing about wine, when I'm around in Priorat, I'm happy to lead tastings and tours. Sharing such great wines and opening up minds to how much... more » Despite the fact that I travel a lot for writing about wine,... more »
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Seeing the Napa Valley of now

by  |  26-03-2018 ~ 2 Comments

This past February, the impossible happened: I actually slept in Napa Valley. In fact, I slept seven nights and passed an entire week within the confines of these world-famous vineyards bracketed by the Mayacamas and... more » This past February, the impossible happened: I actually slept in Napa Valley.... more »

“Wine lies” are still lies

by  |  03-01-2017

My plans for New Years were probably similar to those not terribly game for the evening which was to say, chilling with my dog and a bottle of Champagne from the “decent” range. But, at... more » My plans for New Years were probably similar to those not terribly... more »

Traveling with wine & peace of mind: The VinGardeValise

by  |  27-06-2016

If I’m traveling, I pretty much always find myself traveling with wine and doing what I assume most people did which was to wrap bottles in my dirty laundry on the way back. Beyond a... more » If I’m traveling, I pretty much always find myself traveling with wine... more »