The Savor of the Mediterranean: Grenache Noir

In 2010, wine producers, importers, and journalists attended the first International Grenache Symposium, held in the village of Crestet in the Southern Rhône Valley. The event was created by the grape’s most ardent supporters, passionately committed to transforming both winemaker and consumer perception of this historically maligned red variety. Have they succeeded? The high prices […]

The Cuisine of La Rioja: One of Spain’s Best Wine Producing Regions

La Rioja Food Guide La Rioja is one of Spain’s most esteemed wine regions famous for velvety, robust red wines made predominantly with Tempranillo. The region has captivated the palates of collectors, aficionados, and newly-initiated wine enthusiasts for decades. Typically, exceptional cuisine abounds where outstanding wines are made, and the La Rioja region is no […]

The Rise and Rise of Merlot

Merlot, the resplendent red grape variety of Bordeaux, achieved massive notoriety in 2004. The impetus was the Oscar-winning film Sideways. During a brilliant scene, the lead character Miles delivers an expletive-filled rant about his passionate disdain for the grape. Thanks to the power of celluloid, US consumers were suddenly talking about this much-loved variety in […]

Pomace brandy: Marc de Bourgogne

Recently, a leading university in California made a remarkable discovery. After conducting several experiments, scientists at the UC Davis in California found that grape pomace (the grape skins, pulp, and seeds left behind after fermentation) potentially had numerous health benefits. These included the ability to boost the body’s immune system and intestinal health. ‘Early results […]

French Cuisine: Explore the Diverse Dishes and Regional Gastronomy of France

French cuisine is often recognized as the best gastronomy throughout the international culinary landscape. French food is beloved worldwide, from fresh baguettes and buttery croissants to artisanal cheeses and dishes like coq au vin, croque monsieur, and quiche Lorraine. Traditional French meals begin with an aperitif to whet the appetite, potentially served with something to […]

The Origins of the Méthode Champenoise

What is Méthode Champenoise? Sparkling wine can be made almost anywhere if you have the correct equipment. It is an expanding global enterprise (despite what the Champenoise would have us believe), with key players in the US, Spain, England, Italy, Australia, South Africa, and even Russia! The climatic conditions, terroir, and grape varieties will vary […]

Saluti to the Glorious World of the Italian Aperitivo

Italian Aperitif Italians of all stripes owe the Piedmontese a debt of gratitude. Not only is this spectacular region responsible for the creation of the Slow Food Movement, but it is also the birthplace of the aperitivo. Far better than the Colosseum, Vatican, or even the Sistine Chapel, this evening ritual of sipping pre-dinner drinks […]

Lyonnaise Cuisine: What to Eat in the Gastronomic Capital of the World

Known as the Gastronomic Capital of the World, Lyon is the ultimate destination for the culinarily inclined traveler. The hilly city lies in the southeast of France, surrounded by the venerable vineyards of the Rhône Valley, Beaujolais, and Burgundy. Located at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, Lyon has always been a hub […]

Guide to Italian Red Wine

The length and breadth of Italian red wine Italy wrote the book on viticultural diversity. A nation of just over 59 million people boasts a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties and esoteric wine styles that has no equal anywhere in the world. If you care to look, untold riches are waiting to be discovered […]

Esoteric, eccentric and underrated: the Croatina grape variety

Croatina Grape Variety If you’re worried about the globalization and standardization of wine – head to Italy! This glorious nation has the widest variety of indigenous grape varieties, terroirs, and wine styles in Europe. This country does not stake its primary reputation on Bordeaux imitations and a surfeit of wines made from French varietals. Yes, […]

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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

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