Exploring the Alsace Wine Road

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The wine road, south from Strasbourg, is filled with lovely towns, squeezed between vineyards. Among the prettiest are Obernai, Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Rorchwihr, Ribeauville, Hunawirh, Riquewihr and Kayserville. While we drove straight through, or only stopped to take brief walks though most of them, some of our longer stops included: [Read more …]

Mosel and Rhine River Cruise


We do not normally do cruises. We generally do them only when necessary to see something we really want to see, such as the Galapagos, the Three Rivers Gorge (before the dam) and the temples and tombs of the Nile Valley. We similarly wanted to see the Mosel and Rhine River Valleys. The [Read more …]

Savoring the Foods, Wine and Liqueurs of the Mosel Valley

Our time in the Mosel Valley was relatively short, three nights and two days of exploration, before departing on a cruise which spend another half-day on the river, before entering the Rhine. The short time, however, was devoted primarily to our mission of exploring as many of the local restaurants, wines, and as [Read more …]

Cruising the Mosel River Valley: Day trips from Cochem

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Cochem was our base for exploring the Mosel Valley—and a great base it was. As explained in our blog on Cochem, it is a fairy tale town with pastel-painted and half-timber homes, winding streets and alleyways next to a meandering river with vineyards planted at unimaginable angles. And, of course, it is all overlooked by [Read more …]

Favorite Tuscan Food and Wine Experiences-2012

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Florence is beautiful, the Tuscan landscape enchanting and the smaller medieval towns are charming. But let’s face it: the wine and the food experiences are magical. Although we love most things about Tuscany (other than the driving), it is the food and the wine that keeps us coming back. Throughout our recent week in Tuscany, [Read more …]

Favorite Tuscan Restaurants

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The western Chianti villa at which we are staying is a charming, rustic home down a steep dirt road and about 15 minutes from the nearest decent-sized town. Halfway between Barberino and Certaldo, it requires a drive to get anywhere. Although we sought out and generally ate nice lunches wherever we happened to be during [Read more …]

An Almost Perfect Day in Montepulciano

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Although we have always liked Montepulciano, by the time we completed this trip, it has become our favorite Tuscan destination—the town in which we will next stay and use as our next base of exploration. Our morning began early with a 1.5 hour drive from our Chianti villa to our first winery–a drive that ended [Read more …]

An Off-Season Visit to Long Island’s South Fork

After a short ferry from Greenport on the North Fork to, and a short drive through the gracious and leisurely Shelter Island, we took a second ferry to the very off-season, South Fork. After quick pass through the lovely town of Sag Harbor and the ultra-upscale East Hampton, we drove straight through to Montauk, before [Read more …]

Tasting our way through Long Island’s North Fork

Our short, one-day visit was nowhere near enough to justice to this pretty area. The vast majority of our time was devoted to wine tastings. Rather than discuss each winery, I will just mention a few of our favorite wines from each: Palmer. Our favorite, by far was the non-vintage [Read more …]

Mendoza-Argentina’s Wine Capital


Although Mendoza was one of the first cities in Argentina to be settled, the only evidence of its colonial architecture is the ruins of a single church. The reason? The city has been leveled by so many earthquakes, that there are virtually no remnants of its past. It is, therefore, now one of the most [Read more …]