Post Tagged with: "Wine tasting"

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Wine O'Clock

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Although Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world, visiting the region is not as simple as many would expect, especially if you want to get the best of it. After two visits with plenty of research and aforethought, I’m still learning what it’s all about, and […]

September 26, 2016 ×

Culinary Travel, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

(Apologies to those who believe that God prefers we abstain from wine. That’s not the way I was raised. You might want to skip this post because it’s full of references to booze and what you might consider to be blasphemy.) For me, the act of tasting wine has always […]

May 26, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Restaurant Review – Gaucho Dubai, DIFC

Restaurant Review – Gaucho Dubai, DIFC

What’s black and white and red all over? “A newspaper?” No. “A zebra in a blender?” eww. No. “An Argentine cowboy?” Spot on. Almost. The term was originally used to describe the residents of the Patagonian grasslands. Casual speech evolved it’s definition to the equivilent of “cowboy” in South America. […]

July 1, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai, Wine O'Clock

Champagne on the brain.

Champagne on the brain.

“It’s HOW MUCH?” asked my reasonably affluent but slightly grumpy husband. 950 Dihams. That’s about $300, for dinner. Each. Champagne is not cheap, despite it’s ability to turn all ladies into cheap harlots when they have enough of it. I suppose that’s why he finally caved, rather than my reasoning […]

April 24, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa Valley was never my home – not at all… really. But it’s funny – there is a feeling of homesickness being abated whenever I return. It’s hard to figure out why – I’m from Melbourne – the city, in another state, and I’ve never lived in Adelaide, let […]

April 13, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Featured Culinary Travel, Wine O'Clock

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

Provence – a life through rosé coloured glasses

When travelling provence, it’s hard to get away from rosé. It seems to flow through the hills like a secret underground river, always popping up just when you need it. Bars, restaurants, cafes, market stalls, supermarkets. Im convinced there’s also a magic rosé fairy that delivers an extra bottle to […]

October 27, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

Wine me, dine me

Wine me, dine me

There are different kinds of wine dinners. First, you have the sponsored wine dinner. It’s a mutually beneficial event for both restaurant and winery. The wine brand will supply the wine at a reduced rate, maybe kick in a bit for advertising, and bring along a wine maker or brand […]

October 23, 2012 ×

France

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

The cicadas chant their summer song fortissimo, drowning the petty murmurs of urbane diners. French preschoolers clash wooden swords and shields between the roses. Mine bury their gazes in iThings, oblivious to the beauty of a thirty degree day, en vacances, en France. A plate of gently baked tomatoes sits […]

September 25, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel

A golden wine triangle – The best Red, White and Rosé in the Southern Rhone

A golden wine triangle – The best Red, White and Rosé in the Southern Rhone

When I first visited Provence, I had no idea the Rhone appelation stretched down so far south. I had assumed that the Cotes de Provence region would hold my midday quaffers at local restaurants and I would be subject to miles upon miles of flabby whites and lolly-water rosés at […]

July 31, 2012 ×