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Australia's Other Wine Regions: Margaret River

June 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to Australian wines, thereís one big-name, bewitching, badass behemoth that gets all the attention: Barossa. But this week, Jaunted Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of a few of Ozís lesser known wine regions, many of which are within a few hours of the continentís major cities. So drop that bottle of Shiraz and join us as we take a tour of Australiaís ďotherĒ wine regions.

For the final installment in this weekís look at Australiaís other wine regions, we travel to the far corner of the continent to visit what has to be one of my personal favorite places of all time: Western Australiaís Margaret River.
Never Heard of It?
Thatís okay, I kind of want to keep it that way since this place is so special, not to mention remote. Itís located about 3 hours southwest of Perth, so itís literally the end of the earth, with nothing between you and Africa but an uninterrupted stretch of Indian Ocean.

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Australia's Other Wine Regions: The Clare Valley

June 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to Australian wines, thereís one big-name, bewitching, badass behemoth that gets all the attention: Barossa. But this week, Jaunted Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of a few of Ozís lesser known wine regions, many of which are within a few hours of the continentís major cities. So drop that bottle of Shiraz and join us as we take a tour of Australiaís ďotherĒ wine regions.

Today weíre visiting a region in South Australia thatís actually adjacent to the Barossa: the Clare Valley. Like the Barossa, the Clare is pretty close to Adelaide (between 90 minutesí and two hoursí drive), and known for producing world-class variations of a particular varietal. Unlike Shiraz, this oneís a white wine that most folks think comes only from Germany and Austria. Thatís right, Australia makes Riesling, and much of it comes from the Clare Valley. Thereís even a Riesling Trail you can bike there, so grab your breathalyzer and saddle up, because weíre going wine-tasting.

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Australia's Other Wine Regions: Yarra Valley

June 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to Australian wines, thereís one bewitching, badass behemoth that gets all the attention: Barossa. But this week, Jaunted Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of a few of Ozís lesser known wine regions, many of which are within a few hours of the continentís major cities. So drop that bottle of Shiraz and join us as we take a tour of Australiaís ďotherĒ wine regions.

Today we start in one of Australiaís premier wine-growing area: the Yarra Valley in Victoria. This is also one of the countryís most accessible wine regions since it lies just 45 minutes northeast of Melbourne, and can make for a great trip lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

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Inside Air New Zealandís Koru Lounge at Wellington Airport

February 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

As part of our Airport Lounge Series, weíve already taken you inside Air New Zealandís expansive Koru Lounge at LAX, as well as the flagship international Koru Lounge in Auckland. But our return trip to the U.S. actually originated in WellingtonÖso naturally we checked out the Koru Lounge there as well, and hereís our inside look with photo gallery and video walk-through:

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Inside Air New Zealandís Koru Lounge at Auckland Airport

February 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

As part of our Airport Lounge Series, weíve already taken you inside Air New Zealandís expansive Koru Lounge at LAX. But while we were on our way back from New Zealand to the U.S. after checking out the airlineís nifty new 777-300ER, we hung out in Air New Zealandís flagship international lounge at Auckland. Thus, of course weíre going to bring inside as well, with a look at all its amenities, including a photo gallery and video. So get ready to say Kia OraÖand sign up for a foot massage!

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How and Where to Go Urban Wine Tasting in Paris

Where: 68 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Paris, Ile de France, France, 75001
February 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Going to France, but don't have time to get out of Paris to visit the country's famous wine regions? Turns out wine-tasting in Paris isnít that easy to find since the city doesnít have too many tasting-style wine bars like weíre used to back Stateside. Now, however, you can sip and sample wines from all over France at these three fantastic, and distinct, tasting rooms without ever leaving the city.

· O Chateau

The latest addition to Parisís wine bar scene is this fantastic find right in the heart of the cityís first arrondisement, about five minutesí walk from the Louvre. This isnít tourist central, though. Rather, itís close to the charming pedestrianized streets around Montorgueil, and is located in the ground floor and basement (or cellar we might say) of a historical building.

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Inside Air Franceís Salon díAffaires at Paris-Charles de Gaulle

February 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe itís just us, but every time we fly out of Charles de Gaulle, we end up getting delayed for a few hours. After our recent trip to Paris, that delay turned out to be four hours all told, so we figured we might as well check out Air Franceís Salon díAffaires, and doesn't it sound so much better than ďairport lounge?"

So, for the next installment in our Airport Lounge Series, weíre taking you for an inside look at the Salon díAffaires, and its many amenities both bon et non:

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Martinborough: New Zealand's Other 'M' Wine Region

January 14, 2011 at 1:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, Special Jaunted Correspondent Eric Rosen takes us on a whirlwind field trip to New Zealandís Other Wine Regions. Sure, now that itís summer down there they might be sipping on those tropical, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancís weíre all familiar with. But as Rosen tells us, thereís more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough, and much of it is within an hour of New Zealandís major cities.

The final stop on our New Zealandís Other Wine Regions field trip is a quick side-trip off the road from Hawkes Bay down to Wellington, to a town just about an hour away from the capital city along well marked and well paved roads (even if one of them is a vertiginous mountain highway). This makes Martinborough the perfect trek for a day-trip, or even a wine-country overnight.

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Tried and True Tips for Auckland from an Air New Zealand In-Flight Concierge

January 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Special Jaunted Correspondent Eric Rosen takes us on a whirlwind field trip to New Zealandís Other Wine Regions. Sure, now that itís summer down there they might be sipping on those tropical, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancís weíre all familiar with. But as he finds out, there's much more and most if it is within an hour of New Zealandís major cities. Here, he's back up in the sky to get a few tips from the Air NZ crew themselves.

Of course we were thrilled to be on the delivery flight of the first of Air New Zealandís new 777-300ERís from Los Angeles to Auckland, but that also meant we were going to Auckland! Weíd never hit New Zealandís largest city before, and thus we were at a loss for what to do when we landed. Thankfully we had someone like Jo Walker, the In-Flight Concierge, onboard to tell us where to go and what to do. Here's what she recommends for a few Kiwi good times:

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Kidnappers Cliffs and Hawkes Bay Sound Intimidating, But Make Great Wines

January 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Special Jaunted Correspondent Eric Rosen takes us on a whirlwind field trip to New Zealandís Other Wine Regions. Sure, now that itís summer down there they might be sipping on those tropical, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancís weíre all familiar with. But as Rosen tells us, thereís more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough, and much of it is within an hour of New Zealandís major cities.

Situated about halfway between Auckland and Wellington along New Zealandís temperate east coast, Hawkes Bay is a region of stunning natural beauty, quirky tourist attractions, and the highest number of New Zealandís premium wineriesóand it has the awards to prove it, especially for the Bordeaux-style reds produced there as well as the up-and-coming Syrahs setting oenophiles across the globe atwitter.

Getting there from Auckland is rather easy: itís either a straight four-hour drive, or a quick 45-minute regional flight in a small prop plane. We were half-thrilled and half-freaked out to find that there wasnít even any security for the flight. We simply pulled up to the airport about half an hour before our flight on Air New Zealand, threw our bags on the conveyor belt, and waited in the public area for the flight number to be called. Then hopped on the plane. That was it.

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How to Look Good After a Long-Haul Flight: 8 Beauty Tips from Flight Attendants

January 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Special Jaunted Correspondent Eric Rosen takes us on a whirlwind field trip to New Zealandís Other Wine Regions. Sure, now that itís summer down there they might be sipping on those tropical, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancís weíre all familiar with. But as he finds out, there's much more and most if it is within an hour of New Zealandís major cities. Here, he's back up in the skies for a chat with the ladies (and dudes) of Air NZ.

Ever get that un-fresh feeling on long-haul flights? We wondered how the flight attendants on Air New Zealand stay so perky and bright, even over the 13+ hours of a trans-Pacific flight. So we asked two of them on the delivery flight of Air New Zealandís new 777-300ER, one of whom, Wayne, youíll recognize from the new ANZ safety video, and as an ambassador for the new planes.

Hereís the tips they have for everyone (in video!), with all kinds of beauty and health secrets to get us to our destination, feeling good (and smelling good!) without DVT, bags under our eyes or a bad attitude:

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Stepping Out of Auckland and Into the Wines of Waiheke Island

January 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Special Jaunted Correspondent Eric Rosen takes us on a whirlwind field trip to New Zealandís Other Wine Regions. Sure, now that itís summer down there they might be sipping on those tropical, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancís weíre all familiar with. But as he finds out, there's much more and most if it is within an hour of New Zealandís major cities.

New Zealand only makes about 0.5% of the worldís wines, about half of which is exported, and the majority of that is from Marlborough. No wonder we donít know much about New Zealand wines in the U.S., so we set out to get a little education. Our first stop was just a forty-minute ferry ride from Auckland: Waiheke Island. Long a hippie hideout in the í60ís and í70ís, idyllic Waiheke is now one of New Zealandís premier wine regions with 17 boutique wineries scattered across its 93 square miles, a gourmet destination with beautiful beaches, and a weekend getaway for Aucklandís affluent set.

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