Santorini Wineries

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Santorini has been producing wine at least since its Minoan days, more than 3,500 years ago. Its sandy, mineral-rich (but potassium-poor) volcanic soils, lack of organic material, intense sun, high heat, strong northerly winds and lack of water (with moisture during growing season coming almost exclusively from the night air) stresses its old wines (most [Read more …]

Wineries in Crete Italy

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Crete Wineries Wherever we are in the world, we make it our mission to learn as much as we can about the wines in the area and to visit wineries when possible. Crete Italy was no exception. Although we had local wines with many of our dinners, we limited our formal Cretan wine tastings to [Read more …]

Peloponnese Wineries

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Since we were in Greece, we had to visit some of the country’s premier wineries on The Peloponnese Peninsula. Although we tasted wines from a number of wines from Peloponnese wineries at restaurants, we had actual tastings at three wineries: Palivos Winery Our vineyard tour began with a very useful history of the Greek wine [Read more …]

Attica Wineries

The southern suburbs of Athens has a small wine region called Attica. While we were in Athens, of course we had to visit it. Few grapes do well in this hot and dry area. In fact, overt 90 percent of production is of the white, savatiano grape. This low-acid grape is predominately used to make [Read more …]

Checking out Sicily Wineries

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Sicily Winery Visits Whenever we are in any area with wineries, of course we need to visit them. Although we attend many wine events in San Francisco, actually visiting a winery is much more helpful to teach us about the various wine regions and grape varietals. Our exposure to Sicilian wines has been extremely limited. [Read more …]

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Wine Tasting

Gambero Rosso is an Italian publishing company that produces the Vini d’Italia wine guide. Each year, its staff tastes and rates more than 25,000 wines, from Italy’s 350 varietals from all of its 21 wine regions. Each year, the guide awards fewer that 500 of these wines its highest distinction—Tre Biccheri. Then the [Read more …]

Waiheke Island

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A 40-minute ferry ride from the Auckland Harbor is a beautiful island called Waiheke Island. We packed as much as we could into a Day trip. The ferry ride provided nice views of Auckland as well as providing evidence of the dozens of volcanos that created, and whose underlying faults still shake the region on [Read more …]

Central Otago Wine Region

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After our fabulous Milford Trek, we decided that we needed to get back to some wine tasting while we were in New Zealand. Central Otago was calling us…….. New Zealand’s Central Otago Wine Country Central Otago is the furthest south of any wine region in the world (45 degrees south). It has the coldest and [Read more …]

Queenstown New Zealand (South Island)

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After spending over 3 weeks in Sydney and 2 months in Australia, we were ready to move onto our next country….New Zealand. This is our third trip to New Zealand. We have toured many of the country’s primary cities, sights and of course, wine regions. We have partaken in many of the South Island’s primary [Read more …]

Hunter Valley Wine Region

From Mudgee, we continued to the Hunter Valley wine region. This hot valley with its long growing season is the largest, most well-known wine region in New South Wales. It is especially known for its semillions, its big, juicy shirazes and its dessert wines. We normally dislike Semillons, which we have found too citrusy and [Read more …]