The Rhône-Alpes region of France provides an exceptional destination for a variety of travelers. During winter, skiers, snowboarders, and snow lovers flock to the east of the region dominated by the Alps. The Savoie department encompasses this Alpine zone and was formerly part of the historical Duchy of Savoy. Travelers searching for the arts, museums, […]
First-time visitors often believe that the Tuscan cliché defines Italy’s entire landscape. This is perfectly understandable: the rolling hills, olive groves, and sweeping vistas of central Italy have been hyped out of all proportion. Moreover, it is undeniable that Tuscany is one of the most beautiful examples of Instagram heaven on earth, with delectable wines […]
Considering the sheer diversity of high-quality wines produced throughout the region, the Loire Valley should be at the top of every wine lover’s bucket list. There is elegant Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, and Touraine. While Savennières delivers age-worthy Chenin Blanc and Muscadet in Nantes offers refreshing Melon Blanc. Not to mention the sparkling wines […]
Collectors love Italian wine, but they do tend to quibble about one thing. “It is so difficult to understand Italy’s wine culture, with its multitude of regions, grapes, and vineyards,” they often complain. Indeed, there are over 350 DOC appellations and more than 100 IGTs (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) in this glorious country. There are more […]
Perched along the Atlantic coast in northwestern France, Normandy boasts a storied history, stunning landscapes, and novel culinary traditions. Though World War II buffs flock here annually to visit the infamous landing sites of the allied invasion on D-Day, Normandy has a ton to offer for the gastronomically inclined traveler. Unlike Burgundy, Alsace, and other […]
Nestled next to Germany in northeastern France, Alsace is a French region that both countries have fought wars over and have ruled at different times over the centuries. The multicultural influences of Alsace’s history are evident in the region’s culinary traditions, cultural customs, and local dialect. Alsace and Germany even share a continuation of the […]
Located in northeastern France, Burgundy is home to some of the world’s most exquisite, costly, and sought-after wines. The region stretches from Dijon to Mâcon, (a lovely town along the river Saône) north of Lyon, encompassing the wine capital of Beaune and the renowned Côte d’Or in between. Over a thousand-year period from the 8th […]
The wine trade is unanimous: Nerello Mascalese is the most exciting grape variety cultivated in Sicily today. One might even believe that it was created in a lab, custom-built to receive high scores from critics. All the cards are in order – Nerello Mascalese is often planted on spectacular volcanic terroir and has an uncanny […]
Located in central Italy, Lazio is nestled between Tuscany, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, and the Tyrrhenian Sea. This Italian region is home to Rome, the Eternal City, where thousands of travelers visit annually to experience the city’s illustrious history, architecture, and art. Rome has many celebrated sites worth exploring, from the colosseum to the Vatican, the […]
Montepulciano grape is something of an outlier among Italy’s eclectic palette of red grape varieties. It lacks the international renown of Sangiovese (although it is Italy’s second most widely planted indigenous variety) and the glamour of Nebbiolo. It is not achingly trendy; it does not lend its name to luxury brands marketed at oligarchs. And […]
Italian cuisine is renowned the world over for its fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors. While classic Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, and lasagne are often thought of as traditional Italian food, there is so much more to the cuisine of Europe’s third most visited country. Italy became a single nation-state in the Risorgimento in 1861 […]
The Essence of Lombardian Cuisine Lombardy is a geographically and culinarily diverse landlocked region in northern Italy. Switzerland borders Lombardy to the north, followed by the Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige to the east, Emilia-Romagna to the south, and Piedmont to the west. Geographically, the spectacular Lombardian landscape consists of three zones: a mountainous Alpine and a pre-Alpine zone in the northern territory near […]
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