For many years, connoisseurs have been arguing over who makes the perfect macaron. For what is ‘merely’ a moreish concoction of egg whites, sugar, ground almonds and icing sugar has become something of a massive cult food item among patisserie lovers in recent times. Some would argue that this exquisitely formed, bite-size ‘meringue sandwich’ finds […]
Chile is a magnificently diverse country with the mountainous Andes and rugged Patagonia regions, Santiago its cosmopolitan capital, wine country and the countless coastal beach towns and busy ports. Despite being the most regionally diverse country in South America with an extensive variety of vegetables, countless forms of beef, lamb, goat, and even llama, not […]
The delights of Pairing Sea Bass with Chablis and more! For a long time, the accepted wisdom was that white wine goes with fish and red wine with meat. That was as complex as food matching needed to be. It was a useful rule of thumb when fish came poached or simply grilled, and red […]
A remarkable amount of knowledge has been shared, debated and contradicted on the subject of food and wine pairing, useful albeit loosely defined principles and tips that can help us enjoy both the food and the wine, rather than letting one suppress the other. Open an expensive bottle of St-Emilion, eat a flaming hot Mexican […]
What lovelier town to dine Al Fresco, than the mythical wine hub of Bordeaux, a mini Paris! Bordeaux is far more than just the world’s most renowned wine region. It competes with the city of Lyon for the title of France’s most important gastronomic center, after Paris of course. Locals are justifiably proud of their […]
As Spain has such a diverse mix of climates (from desert-scapes of La Mancha to fertile hills in the green north to Mediterranean seascapes, and to the far-flung volcanic Canary Islands), the gastronomic offering is astounding. Cow´s cheeses from Asturias, Sheep´s cheeses from Extremadura, Gin from Menorca, Plantains from the Canaries, white asparagus and artichokes […]
Here is a handy food glossary (translations from Spanish to English) which can be printed out and used on your vacation in Spain. We have included most of the ingredients you will see on menus including seafood and fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy, nuts and more. Wine lovers, check out our Spanish wine glossary […]
Insiders Guide to Truffles in Italy- By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Specialist Truffles are a gourmet delicacy, one of the most expensive and desired in the world. Foodies swoon over them, international top chefs search them out and bid for them at auction, and truffles are without a doubt one of the priciest and most precious […]
Tuscany in the Fall- By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Specialist Tuscany is the ideal destination for a gourmet wine tasting getaway in the autumn! Imagine freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil on bruschetta; exquisite white truffles shaved over handmade pasta; aromatic porcini mushrooms and roast chestnuts; pumpkin and sage stuffed pasta; ripe figs wrapped in prosciutto; […]
We had a special wedding anniversary to celebrate earlier this month and decided to visit some of Ireland’s famed country houses. Being foodies, we looked for ones with a fine reputation for their cuisine. We were blown away by the quality of the cooking and hospitality and are delighted to share our travel notes with […]
Lisbon for Food Lovers, Cellar Tours recommendations: From small, family-owned restaurants offering delicious and inexpensive food to high-end cuisine, the capital of Portugal has enough options to satisfy even the most demanding of foodies. And although the Portuguese are known for sticking to their culinary traditions, Lisbon offers much more than the familiar staples of […]
The Ten Best Restaurants in Paris for Wine lovers- Cellar Tours Selection Paris is a city of over two million people and is today the undisputed economic, political, artistic and gastronomic hub of France. Citizens of Lyon would undoubtedly disagree, but as far as we are concerned no other city in France offers as much […]
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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).