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 was far from planned out 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 on what we found about wine tourism in Bordeaux. Here, we share our tips for a great Bordeaux wine trip, including recommended 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? 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 French wine, outside of Champagne. This is what I learned, at a very high level, about Bordeaux wines. Most wine produced is Bordeaux red wine, which is also called Claret in Britain. It’s always made with a blend of grapes, predominantly...
Best Online Wine Gifts for the Wine Lover on Your List

Best Online Wine Gifts for the Wine Lover on Your List

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 out there? 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. Sign up for Amazon Prime TODAY and receive 30 days free. Ends July 17! 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 bottle or wine 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. At the top of my list of things to consider 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. But, particularly in the US, mailing wine as a gift can get a little more complicated. There are...
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...
Top Wooden Wine Racks – The Best Home Wine Storage

Top Wooden Wine Racks – The Best Home Wine Storage

We drink a lot of wine. And, we drink a good amount of it at home. That means we are always struggling to figure out the best wine storage for our home. We’ve considered, and purchased, wooden wine racks and metal wine racks, of all sizes and all price points. In this post, we round up some of the best wine rack furniture options, including what to take into consideration before you purchase your next home wine storage solution. Sign up for Amazon Prime TODAY and receive 30 days free. Ends July 17! Our Wine Bottle Storage History When we lived in Chicago, we had everything short of a wine celler. When we first were married, we started small. We had a metal wine rack, with a glass top. It held about 9 wine bottles, and had a hanging wine glass rack for a handful of wine glasses. On top we were able to keep our cocktail and wine accessories. It was a hybrid wine rack bar and wine glass rack. We grew out of that one pretty quick. Only 9 bottles? When we moved into our condo in Chicago, we knew it was time for an upgrade. We eventually bought a Danby 75 bottle wine fridge, which was awesome. Eric likes to say it was the second best thing we owned, after our Mini Cooper named Winston. But, it still wasn’t large enough. Then, we bought a few wooden wine storage racks, which together held about 200 bottles. Finally, we were able to store all of our wine! Buy our Danby Designer 75 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler from...
The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Perfect Wine Subscriptions

The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Perfect Wine Subscriptions

One of the best parts of our wine tasting trips to California was the chance to find new wines. Many of these wines we couldn’t find at our local Whole Foods or wine shop. And, when we found wines we really enjoyed, we joined their wine club. I loved the excitement of receiving a monthly wine box. Sometimes, with a few of the top wine clubs, we signed up for quarterly shipments. The best wine clubs shipped fancy sparkling wines over the holidays. Whether you are looking for the best wine subscription out there to help fill your home wine cellar, or you are looking for the best wine of the month club to give as a gift, we’ve got the best options. Check out our wine gift guide offering recommendations for the best wine gifts for wine lovers. What is a Wine Subscription? A wine subscription can include monthly or quarterly shipments of wine direct to your home or office. They vary in the number of bottles shipped, and the price per shipment. Some wine subscriptions include just the wine bottles, some include wine and food pairings, and some are shipped as wine gift baskets. In this post, we share wine of the month club reviews for various wine companies that all ship to the US. These are not necessarily the places to buy cheap wine online. Instead, the one thing that each of these wine clubs has in common is that they search for great wine to ship regularly to wine lovers. And, that is what counts. Some of the best wine subscriptions can be purchased as...
The Best Wine Tours Around The World – Wine Tasting Tours

The Best Wine Tours Around The World – Wine Tasting Tours

Traveling for wine is becoming more popular as many travelers seek something a little more from their travel experiences. The concept of “wine tourism” is just as popular as adventure tourism or ecotourism to the right kind of travelers. And, finding the best wine tours is an important part of the travel research process. Please want to go wine tasting while traveling and they love wine tasting tours, whether half day, full day, or multi-day. Sure, a trip to the wine store is easy and convenient, particularly if you are looking to pick up a few bottles for your wine fridge at home. But wine tasting when traveling opens up a whole new world. One where it’s possible to try different types of wines, many of which you may never have heard of before. And, the best wine tasting tours even offer a chance to meet the winemaker, a truly special experience. Recommended Wine Tasting Tours This comprehensive post includes our recommendations, along with recommendations from some top travel bloggers, about the best regions to taste wine when traveling. A few things to note. First, there are wine tours of every type, variety, and budget. It’s possible to wine taste by private jet. Or, it’s possible to do a Google search for “wine tasting near me” to find great wines close to home. But, in this post, we share recommendations for amazing wine tours, all over the world. And, our expert wine travel bloggers share recommendations for wine country destinations on 6 continents! (Perhaps someday we an do a post on the best wine tours in Antartica…) At the end...