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Order Up a 'Portonic' in Portugal's Douro Valley

Where: Porto, Portugal
October 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the same way that only sparkling wine from Champagne in France can be sold under that name, only dessert wine made in Porto’s Douro Valley can be labeled as “Port.” Later this week, we’ll take a walk through one of the region’s most famous wine lodges to get a sense of its varieties and history, but today we want to take a glance at how Port is being consumed in the present.

You’ve all no doubt seen the small after-dinner sipper glasses used when it is drunk in the traditional way, but did you know that Port has gone trendy? It has found new life in Portuguese bars, restaurants, and homes as the base ingredient in cocktails.

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Forget Wine Bars, One Airport is Developing Its Own Winery

October 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Beer and wine at the airport is hardly anything new, but when that wine is made right at the airport—now that’s something worth an intentional layover.

That’s the plan over in South Africa, as the Cape Town International Airport is planning to produce wine right in the terminal. They’re starting off small, as the plan is to just make around 700 bottles of Merlot every couple of years.

Officials have already invested around $20,000 into the operation, and the experts over at Du Preez wine estate are helping establishing the cellar in the concourse.

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The USA's Oldest Winery Enters the Airport Bar Business

September 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—the ones responsible for running the big airports like JFK and Newark—gobbled up operations at Stewart International. The airport in the Hudson Valley has gained some new flights since then, plus a greater presence on the airport map, but the one thing they've been missing all these years is alcohol.

We never even noticed it before, but this airport has been dry—no beer, no wine, and no liquor. Thankfully this is changing, and now nervous flyers everywhere can score a little bit of pre-flight medicine—or confidence—before heading to the boarding door.

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How Napa Valley is Faring Following Yesterday's Earthquake

August 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Robert Mondavi in Napa, which was not damaged

At 3:20am PST on Sunday, a 6.1 earthquake shook the earth 6 miles from Napa, in the heart of California's heavily touristed wine country. Now dubbed the "South Napa Earthquake," the event did cause damage enough to interrupt businesses and tourism, but operations are quickly returning to normal, despite broken wine bottles and power outages.

CNN named a few wineries which felt the shake quite severely: Silver Oak Winery, Etude Wines, and Signorello Estate.

The Downtown Napa tourism board issued an update on the hotels unaffected by the quake:

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Sideways'

June 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

A movie about two middle-aged men traveling through California's wine country might not sound like much fun if you're not a huge oenophile, but we'd say the 2004 hit film, "Sideways", is more than just a mid-life crisis story. It stars Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymons, an unsuccessful writer and wine afficianato, and Thomas Haden Church as Jack Cole, Miles' actor-friend planning to get married the next week. The two plan an elaborate trip into Santa Ynez Valley to relax and sip some perfect Pinot noir, not Merlot.

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How to Check a Case of Oregon Wine for Free on Alaska Airlines

April 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

After the successful completion of a pilot program last fall, Alaska Airlines and the State of Oregon have announced they will extend the Oregon Wines Fly Free initiative for another year.

Beginning May 1st, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to check one case of wine for free on their return flight to all domestic destinations departing out of four Oregon airports (Portland, Medford, Redmond, Eugene) as well as one in Washington (Walla Walla). As someone who has routinely debated whether a bottle of booze or two is worth the extra baggage fee it would cost get them home, this writer loves the concept and cooperation the program exemplifies.

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New Washington Wines Hit the Beverage Carts on Alaska Airlines

March 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just a couple weeks ago we were discussing the new beer options aboard Alaska Airlines, and now this week it’s once again time to raise a glass—cheers!

Alaska Airlines knows that tastes and smells all work a little bit differently when high in the sky, so they’ve selected some blends and vintages that will perform well on the palate at cruising altitude. Now they’ve partnered with a Walla Walla, Washington winery—say that three times fast—to get some new stuff loaded into the beverage cart.

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What Everybody's Buying in Melbourne: Wine!

March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

In a country almost the size of the U.S., Australia has plenty of things to see, do, and bring home to your friends and family as little memento of your travels. One thing which Aussies take seriously is their wine, and this is doubly true in the Melbourne area. With vineyards around the country churning out award-winning bottles, bringing home a super special sip is often on the list.

Melbourne is located around 90 minutes away from some of the more popular wineries, (like Chandon and de Bortoli) for tasting, wining, dining, and best of all, purchasing favorite bottles. And if you'd rather follow a path less trodden, lots of smaller, boutique wineries dot the landscape in the Yarra, Goulburn, Rutherglen, and Alpine Valleys.

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Where to Find the Only Airport Locations of 'Starbucks Evenings'

January 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one staple of the airport dining scene—besides Sbarro of course—it has to be Starbucks. The ubiquitous coffee shop is there when you need them, and of course they can supply you with everything from caffeine and cookies to macchiato and muffins.

Now things are getting even better, as the Starbucks Evenings concept has made its way to the airport. It’s just like Starbucks but with a little less coffee and a lot more food and wine. Here’s where to find the first couple of these locations during your next layover.

Los Angeles International Airport

The latest Starbucks Evenings location is part of the upgrades and improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal over at LAX . This one has been open since late last year, and it now gives the option for travelers to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer before their flight. As far as snacks are concerned they of course have those as well, as Chipotle Hummus Dip and Goat Cheese Flatbread are just a couple of the additions to the menu to help you further enjoy that adult beverage. Stop by before your next flight if you’re in the neighborhood of the South Concourse between Gates 157 and 156.

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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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Trade Frequent Flyer Points for Fine Wines at Qantas' Sydney Lounge

December 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spending a little quiet time in an airport lounge is a perk only a fraction of travelers enjoy from time to time. Even then, it's even rarer to find a lounge with the big three: complimentary food, booze, and comfy chairs. That's why we highlight Qantas' Sydney lounge, and its new adventure in fine wine tasting.

Australians think their wines are among the tastiest and oenophiles around the world are increasingly agreeing, so it makes sense that the Red Roo is giving the opportunity to sample some of the best bottles from their own land. The airline's Business Class Lounge in Sydney now features a vending machine that dispenses sips (and also full pours) of Aussie reds and whites.

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Welcome to California. Here's a Glass of Wine.

December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently nothing makes you thirstier than a road trip across California, so of course it makes perfect sense to install a new kind of beverage vending machine at one of the state’s welcome centers...one dispensing wine.

Obviously you need to be careful if you’re the one behind the wheel, but for those along for the ride this certainly beats stopping for a soda and a bathroom break. The new wine welcome isn’t available where you think it would be—like Napa or Sonoma—but instead you'll find it at the California Visitor Center in Oxnard.

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