Seafood and Wine Pairing

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 […]

Difficult Food and Wine Pairings

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 […]

Best months for wine tours/ best time of year to travel to wine country

When is best to Visit Wine Country People always ask us, “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” The answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and, of course, September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond to […]

French Wine A-Z Dictionary

Who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon? These French grapes are world-renowned and planted across the globe in both hemispheres. Herewith is a list of some more of the most famous and also lesser-known grapes from France, from Alicante Bouschet to Viognier Armagnac – High-quality grape brandy from Gascony Appellation d’ Origine Contrôlée – […]

French Grape Varietals

White Grapes Chardonnay– the traditional white grape of Burgundy (such as Chablis); Chardonnay is grown all over France and is probably the most famous white varietal in the world today. read more Chenin blanc– is used frequently in the Loire Valley (where it is also called Pineau de la Loire). Used to make both delicious […]

Guide to Portuguese Grape Varieties

Portuguese Grape Varieties The diversity of grape varieties in Portugal is incredible, especially considering the relatively small area under vine. There are over 250 native grape varieties, many international ones increasingly being vinified here and very successfully. The almost infinite choice of varietals and the differentiating terroir result in fabulous, versatile wines that are just […]

Italian Grape Varietals Guide

Italian Red Grapes Abbuoto: a grape mainly cultivated in the Lazio region of central Italy. Abrusco: An ancient grape from Tuscany and is used in the wines of Chianti D.O.C.G. Acitana: an Italian wine grape variety mainly found in the northeast Sicily Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being […]

Italian A-Z Wine Dictionary

A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape is grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off-dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – a vintage year Appassimento – […]

Spanish A-Z Wine Dictionary

Detailed wine and spirits glossary from Aguardiente to Xarel.lo and much in between! Know your Oloroso from your Amontillado and learn how to read the labels of your fave bottles If you are interested in visiting Spain, why not check out our Luxury La Rioja Wine Tour Aguardiente – A strong transparent spirit distilled from […]

Spanish Grape Varieties

Grape varieties are still not referred to that much in Spain, especially in the case of red wine, most people talking about a Rioja or Ribera. On the contrary, it is very common to hear requests for an Albariño (from Galicia) and Verdejo (Rueda). Here we have listed the key players, you will notice that […]

Top Spanish Cocktails

Recommended Cocktail Recipes from Spain- Liven up your dinner parties! Riotous, colorful celebrations are very much a part of Spanish life, and no Spanish party is complete without a great selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Indeed, alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are an integral part of Spain’s gastronomic and cultural traditions; the country has been […]

Our Top Ten South Africa Wine Estates

Ten Best South African Wine Estates South Africa is now an undisputed first division wine-producing country. Years of hard work, investment, and diligence have left the country with an increasing number of superstar wineries, producing world-class wines at prices to match! This explosion of high-quality wine has been partially led by a growing number of […]

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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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