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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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Travel Contest Alert: Knock the Atacama Desert Off Your Bucket List with LAN

Where: Chile
November 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

This could be you, standing at the edge of a calm salt lake in the world's driest region: Chile's Atacama Desert. Or perhaps you prefer wine tasting in the vineyards outside Santiago? Or what about glaciers a stone's throw from Antarctica, in Chilean Patagonia?

Whatever sounds best, it can be yours for free, as LAN has just opened up a massive contest to begin their "Only in South America" campaign. The idea: to show exactly what makes the entire South American continent worth occupying a spot at the top of your bucket list. Naturally they're beginning on home turf, by giving away a luxury once-in-a-lifetime adventure around Chile.

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Throwback Thursday: When 'Discerning' Men Flew Air France

November 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Check out this old ad for Air France's transatlantic service. Love the route names: "Super Starliner" and "Eastern Epicurian." Hate that the ad implies only men enjoy the nicer things while in flight.

Granted, this ad was taken from an old British men's magazine named "Lilliput," but the thought of outright targeting one sex over the other for the sales of airline tickets is ridiculous. You see, it's done in a far subtler way now; note the naked Russian flight attendant calendar distributed to male frequent flyers of Aeroflot, or the sexy ads of Virgin America, touting the handsomeness of their male flight attendants and pilots just as much as the beauty of the females.

Okay, maybe not so subtle. At least there is one truly timeless aspect to the ad, and it's that final promise of "good food, good wine, good service and good company."

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Pick Up a $20 'Passport' for Portland's New Crop of Urban Wineries

Where: 1416 SE Stark St [map], Portland, Oregon, United States, 97215
August 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland’s beer breweries are so ubiquitous that even Portlandia won’t make a joke about them. But the city known for its beer culture is branching out into something a little more unexpected—urban wineries.

So, what’s an urban winery? Think of it as winemaking on a smaller and more intimate level. You don’t need to have your own fields and live out in the country; instead, urban winemakers will simply buy grapes from vineyards and make their own blends, sometimes in extremely small batches.

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Order the Wine on Tap at Vancouver's Urban Winery

Where: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6A 3A3
August 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may not be able to order a kegger of wine from this Railtown working winery, although restaurants can, but what you can order is a tasting of some really good B.C. wine that’s on tap.

The Vancouver Urban Winery is, first and foremost, a commercial winery that manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands (including their own Roaring Twenties label, which you can buy by the bottle from their on-site store). In addition, and this is where it gets interesting, the Winery takes in kegs of wine from B.C. wineries and packages it for distribution to restaurants and bars in big steel tanks and—ta dah!—this is how you get wine-on-tap.

But why should you, the visitor with a jam-packed schedule, take time out of your busy day to visit the winery? Well, first off, it’s a cool place to hang out. The owners and sommeliers are all around the 30-years-old mark and you can feel the unbridled enthusiasm yet laid-back vibe of the place. There are comfy chairs to chill in or you can set yourself up at the bar if you’d like some interaction with the hopping bartenders. When we were there, it was open mike night with some pretty good singers doing their thing.

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