Ever Dream of South Africa? Win a Braai Trip!

Ever Dream of South Africa? Win a Braai Trip!

Recently, Excelsior Wine in South Africa asked if we could spread the word about their latest contest, where our readers and followers can win a dream trip to South Africa. Let me tell you how. But first, this was an interesting time for Excelsior Wine to come to us asking about promoting a contest for a wine and BBQ trip to South Africa. Our South Africa Plans for 2017 As we are in the final weeks of our #USChowDown, we are already planning for our 2017 travels. Although we have spent a lot of time this year returning to places we love, we are hoping to get to a few new destinations, and in particular new countries, in 2017. We placed South Africa on the top of that list. Why? Wine. Pure and simple, we want to explore the wine tourism offerings in South Africa. And, what goes well with wine? Current BBQ and Wine Explorations During our current #USChowDown, we’ve been exploring Southern BBQ. From The Shed BBQ in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, to a weekend of BBQ love in Memphis, we’ve been enjoying loads of different types of tasty BBQ. And, although many people think that BBQ goes perfect with beer, we’ve been experimenting with BBQ and wine. During the #USChowDown, we were pairing refreshing sparkling red Lambrusco with home made BBQ, seasoned with Mama Honey’s Hiney Rub in Macon, Georgia. We’ve been eating and drinking well, so I am sold on the concept of BBQ and wine. When I heard about the concept of drinking South African wine, while enjoying South Africa’s version of BBQ, though, I was intrigued. I was...
A French River Cruise – Food and Wine on the Rhone

A French River Cruise – Food and Wine on the Rhone

For me to even consider stepping foot on a cruise ship, of any kind, I would have to be certain the food and wine would meet my standards. After all, one of the main reasons why we leave our tropical lifestyle in Bangkok, to fly half way across the world to Europe, is to eat great food and drink wine. Luckily, our French river cruise was all about the food and wine. Our French River Cruise Route This particular itinerary was aboard Viking River Cruises’ Lyon and Provence Tour. We started in Avignon, known as the City of Popes, as it was home to seven popes in the 1300’s. The main part of Avignon is encircled by high Medieval walls. Our first stop was Arles, then off to Viviers, Tournon, and Vienne, before ending in Lyon. In addition to our scheduled ports, there were excursions offered to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Beaujolais, and Mâcon, all well known wine regions. Frankly, these are a bunch of French towns and villages that I had never heard of before, and most likely would not have visited on my own. This is one of the benefits of taking a French river cruise. Normally, we would have just hit the main cities, and gloss over the rest.  We passed on many of the walking tours offered during our French River Cruise, as we prefer to do our own thing. We joined the group walking tour, though, in Viviers, a small pedestrian friendly village. I certainly learned a lot more than I would have otherwise. The town itself is one of the best preserved medieval towns. Tiny alleyways, beautifully...
Czech Wine? Yes, That’s a Thing

Czech Wine? Yes, That’s a Thing

Everyone knows that the Czech Republic is known for beer. But, after touring some lesser known European wine regions, it seemed fitting to explore a Czech wine region, and to see what it is all about. Introduction to Czech Wine Before we started researching the wine regions in the Czech Republic, I don’t think I had ever tasted Czech wine before. I’ve had Turkish and Hungarian wines, but never Czech wine. This is surprising because Czech wine has a long history, dating from the Roman times. But, much of the wine production ceased during Communism. It’s only been the last two decades that the wine industry has had a bit of a renaissance. For all of these reasons, this wine research project seemed intriguing. Czech Wine and the Wine Regions – Moravia Wine is grown in both Bohemia (where Prague is located) and Moravia (where Brno is located). We were out to explore Moravia, basing ourselves in both Brno and Mikulov. Although Czech beer is common in Bohemia, and part of the daily ritual, in Moravia, it’s all about wine. It’s more common to drink wine, even though it is more expensive than Czech beer. It’s just part of the culture of Moravia. For example, while in Mikulov, we were staying at Hotel Galant, a conference hotel that also has a vinoteka, or wine bar, on site. The people of Mikulov were surprised when Hotel Galant opened their own brewery as well. It’s just not within the culture of Moravians to drink beer. Walking around the town, it was much easier to find a vinoteka than a pub. The opposite is...
Negretto – Italy’s Secret Wines

Negretto – Italy’s Secret Wines

The first person to walk in the door was Giorgio, a late forties Italian winemaker with wild grey hair and a big smile. He walked right over to us, greeted us with “Buongiorno!” and a kiss on each cheek. We were like old friends, despite the fact that we’ve only met each other once before, and we don’t share the same language. The only thing we share is our love of wine. And on this day, we were there for Negretto. We had arrived at Agriturismo Gradizzolo before anyone else from our lunch party. Gradizzolo is set at the edge of a national park, which also seems to double as the small region where the Pignoletto grape is grown. Quite nearby is Corte d’Aibo, one of the first of the Bologna Hills wineries we visited. Also nearby, is our friend Alessandro’s winery, where we drank Pignoletto sparkling wine the year before. We wound along the edges of the national park, where Google Maps inferred we were about ready to fall off the face of the earth. And, there was Agriturismo Gradizzolo. We sat in the dining room waiting for Giorgio, and the rest of our party, to start our Negretto wine tasting. Find what other travelers have to say about Agriturismo Gradizzolo at TripAdvisor What is Negretto? Negretto is an ancient grape, from the Roman times. The word Negretto translates to something like dark, or black. The grape itself and the wine it produces, are so dark it’s almost black. In earlier times, the grape was so hard to grow that the wine in its natural state was nearly undrinkable. As a...
What is Lambrusco – Italy’s Secret Wines

What is Lambrusco – Italy’s Secret Wines

When you think of Italian wines, what do you think of? Do you ever think about Lambrusco? More often it is the Tuscan wines, like Sangiovese, Chianti (which is made from Sangiovese), Barolo and Montepulciano. Maybe you think of Prosecco, or God forbid Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. It’s no secret that I have, perhaps, an unhealthy fascination with sparkling wines. My motto for years has been that Champagne and sparkling wine should not be reserved merely for special occasions. When living in Chicago, with quite the collection of wine in our “cellar”, we would often drink bubbles merely because it was a Tuesday night. I think everyone should do the same.  What is Sparkling Wine? Champagne is a term reserved for sparkling wine that is produced in the Champagne region of France. End stop. If someone is making sparkling wine in Italy, Spain, Portugal or the US, it legally cannot be called Champagne. It must be called sparkling wine. This is something I learned very early on in my sparkling wine drinking days. During our early trips to Italy, I loved drinking Prosecco, a type of Italian sparkling wine. I love drinking Cava, a type of Spanish sparkling wine. And now I love drinking Lambrusco, a wine made from an ancient grape that is seeing a Renaissance of sorts. Just don’t call it Champagne. Why Lambrusco? Lambrusco is a wine that I was wholly unfamiliar with, despite my years of learning about wine. It was entirely possible that it may have been served to me in the US, but it was not one I knew of before our first trip...
Episode 13: Talking Italian Wine And Zero KM Cuisine

Episode 13: Talking Italian Wine And Zero KM Cuisine

We returned to Emilia Romagna for yet a forth visit. And, we returned to stay at Corte San Ruffillo, a luxury Italian country resort near Forli. We sat down with the owner of Corte San Ruffillo, Sara Vespignani, to talk about the history and renovation of this lovely resort. But, we also chatted about their restaurant, which has offered us some of the best meals we’ve had in Italy. We talked about Chef Emanuele, and the dishes he made for us. We talk about their dedication to farm to table cuisine, or Zero KM cuisine. Find the best deal on hotels in Emilia Romagna, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor I just wish you could have tasted the meal we had at Corte San Ruffillo! If you want to see what it looks like to eat in Emilia Romagna, check out this video from Corte San Ruffillo. And, check out this video of our stay at Corte San Ruffillo:   Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/Ep_013_Italian_farmhouses_Romagna_wine_and_zero_kilometer_cuisine_with_Sara_from_Corte_San_Ruffillo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Do You Eat? Then Get Your FREE COPY of 37 Must Eat Foods in Southeast Asia!

Do you love to eat?

Don't miss a tasty morsel. Subscribe and receive a FREE eBook "37 Must Eat Foods in Southeast Asia"

You have Successfully Subscribed!