How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

Our experience traveling to Bordeaux, France, was far from planned ahead of time. Instead, we made our way to this world-renowned French wine region to house sit, or more accurately, dog sit, for a friend. We had no idea how to visit Bordeaux, how to go wine tasting in Bordeaux, or whether Bordeaux wine was even too expensive for our bank account. We were surprised by what we found about wine tourism in Bordeaux. Here, we share our tips for a great Bordeaux wine trip, including some of the best Bordeaux wine tours.    Book the most popular Bordeaux Wine Tour on Viator – from €115 per person *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. Vin de Bordeaux – What’s it All Mean? The wines of Bordeaux could perhaps be some of the most intimidating wines. It’s why I was so interested in figuring out how to book Bordeaux wine tasting tours, to learn about some of the best wineries in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is on the west coast of France and has one of the longest, and most prestigious of wine histories. The region surrounds the city of Bordeaux and includes over 50 wine appellations, or wine regions, around the city. It’s the largest wine producing area of France. And, other than Champagne, Bordeaux probably gives off an impression of wealth, of luxury, and perhaps in pretentiousness more than any other wine. That also means it can be intimidating to wine travelers. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about wines, particular Spanish wines, Italian wines, and even Portuguese wines. But, I am a mere novice when it comes to any...
Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

When I first started learning about Italian wine, my knowledge was limited: Chianti and Pinot Grigio. Chalk it up to a mess of trips to Tuscany and Umbria, along with a messed up number of bottles of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Later, I learned about Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. If you would have told me at the time that I would be touring small wineries in the Emilia Romagna region Italy learning about a grape called Albana di Romagna DOCG, I wouldn’t have believed it. Exploring Italian Wine Grapes I’m not a trained sommelier, although I considered it as an option when I was first thought about leaving the law. My palette is not all that sophisticated. I sort of know what I like and what I don’t. I’m the farthest thing from being a wine snob. I am just as likely to be drinking a free glass of wine in a hotel executive lounge as I am drinking a fancy bottle of something special. I can usually tell when a wine is cheap and can tell when a wine is not. But, it’s not always the most expensive wine that wins my heart. When we talk about being wine bloggers, we are really talking about wine travel or wine tourism. For us, we love the opportunity to tour wineries, meet winemakers, and often indulge in great food and wine in a fabulous setting. I don’t often write about a particular grape and how it tastes. And I don’t offer tasting notes or compare vintages. I do enjoy talking about the story behind a wine, the winery, and the winemaker. And, this...
Negretto Wine – Italy’s Secret Wines

Negretto Wine – Italy’s Secret Wines

Sometimes I am amazed at how much I have learned about Italian food and wine over the last few years, particularly from traveling to Emilia Romagna. Before our recent trips, all I knew about Italian wine was Chianti, Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio. But, much to my surprise. there are so many Italian grape varieties that I never knew about before. And part of being a wine tourist is learning about these wines, often from the winemakers themselves. That’s how we learned about another of Italy’s secret wines, Negretto. We spent an afternoon learning about Negretto from some Italian winemakers, who are full of character. Welcome to a Negretto Wint Tasting The first person to walk in the door was Giorgio, an Italian winemaker in his late forties 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. 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,...
The Best Wine Carrier Bag – Wine Suitcase and Wine Luggage Buying Guide

The Best Wine Carrier Bag – Wine Suitcase and Wine Luggage Buying Guide

We’ve visited more wineries while traveling than might be healthy for two people. Every time we visit a winery that we love we want to purchase a case of wine (maybe two). Now that we live surrounded by an amazing Catalan wine region, it’s not a problem. But, when we were traveling, there was always the problem of how to go traveling with wine. Whether driving with wine or flying with wine, a lot goes into figuring out what is the best wine travel bag, and that can include wine luggage or a wine suitcase. But it also can include a wine carrier bag, or just packing wine in a suitcase. In this wine carrier bag buying guide, we are going to walk through how to pack wine bottles in a variety of ways. This will cover everything you need to know about taking wine on a plane, as well as advice on how to protect wine on the ground with a wine bottle carrying case. Buying Guide – Wine Suitcase and Wine Luggage There is a lot that goes into bringing wine on a plane. Unfortunately, most international flights don’t permit wine in carry-on luggage unless it’s purchased from duty free. Whether you want to learn how to pack wine in luggage, or purchase official wine luggage that is made for transporting wine. Below we cover in more detail the different wine bottle packing options, but if you are looking for some quick recommendations for a wine carrier bag, here are our top recommendations:  Wine Carrier BagCategoryCapacityPrice FromBuy Now CasePro 12 Bottle Wine Carrier with WheelsWine Luggage12 Bottles$360...
Best Online Wine Gifts – Top Gifts for Wine Lovers

Best Online Wine Gifts – Top Gifts for Wine Lovers

Are you stuck shopping for a wine lover, with no idea where to begin. Yeah, we’ve been there. Why head to a wine store when there are some truly unique online wine gifts? Our guide offers some unique gifts for wine lovers, as well as some of the most popular and, ultimately, some of the best wine gifts. These are online wine gifts that we’ve given, we’ve received, or, more often than not wish that someone had presented to us (hint hint!). Let us help you find the perfect wine gift, for a birthday, wedding, holiday, or really any ole time that demands a great wine lovers gift. Wine Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. There’s more to purchasing gifts for wine drinkers than purchasing a case of wine online. Sure, that can work and it can get the job done. But a really great way to send wine as a gift is to find something a little more unique. This can be a wine gift basket, or some cool wine accessories. But, there are some things to keep in mind when shopping for wine gifts online. At the top of my list of things to consider with gift ideas for wine lovers is worrying about the wine delivery service that is available. Many of our recommended online wine gifts can be purchased on Amazon, not only in the US, but in Europe, or even Australia. Outside of the US it’s easier to send wine as a gift. In the US, mailing wine as a gift can get a little...
The Best Australian Wine Tours – How to Visit the Australian Wine Regions

The Best Australian Wine Tours – How to Visit the Australian Wine Regions

It’s been a long time since we traveled to Australia. But, we are looking to plan a trip, mostly to focus on wine. Of course, we know some of the biggest Australian wine brands. The ones that are available around the world. But, we want to know more. We want to experience some of the best Australian wine tours, and to visit the best Australian wine regions. But, we needed advice from some experts.  First off, Australia is big! Very big. And, much like the United States, wine is grown in several regions. There are six states in Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. This Australian wine tourism guide includes wine tour recommendations in 5 of these states! That’s a lot to comb through. We sought advice from some of our travel blogging friends, those who know a lot more about Australian wine than we do. After all, I wanted more than just some advice on basic Australian wines, or Australian wine tasting notes. I wanted to know which Australian wine regions to visit, which Australian wineries to visit (or Cellar Doors as they are known down under), and which tours to take. In this guide, we include all of the wine tour advice we received to plan our trip, and hopefully to help other wine travelers. Top Australian Wine Regions There’s more to Australian wine than Shiraz, and there’s more to the wine country than drinking Shiraz while spotting kangaroos. Although, that could be entirely possible. Some of the most famous Australian wine regions include Hunter Valley Australia, the Barossa Valley, Yarra Valley, and...