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This post, submitted by Mendoza-based Amanda Barnes, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

 

Ever since moving to the sunny and pleasant land of Mendoza, my favorite pastime has been eating in wineries. Yes, the mountains are awe-inspiring, the sunny days permeate your skin to warm your soul and the people all flatter you till your knees melt; but for me, it’s all about lunch…

This post, written by Amanda Barnes, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

When imagining “cool climate” wines, what springs to my mind first is the image of soggy, wet vines and miserable days of drizzle that leave your head firmly in the clouds — and not in a good way. Spending the first 25 years of my life in England probably didn’t help that image.

For 3rd time in less than 6 months, the renowned and prestigious business journal Financial Times recognizes Mendoza as excellence destination for wine tourism.

The journalist highlights in his long chronicle: "Everywhere we drove there was evidence of wine's ideas importance in Mendoza, Both as agriculture and culture." Wine unites us "- wine unites us - proclaimed a billboard on the roadside ...

This post about Bodegas Miguel Merino in Rioja, was submitted by Bill Eyer for the 2014 Guest Bloggers program.

 

We are all looking forward to spending quality and fun times with our loved ones, while dreading planning the whole thing. At some point we have all done the all-inclusive resort, where the kids happily play in the children’s club and the parents relax by the pool. Let’s face it though - towards the end of it, it tends to get a bit boring as you never go out of the resort! Wouldn’t it be easier if the whole family did something they all enjoyed? Cultural visits, city hopping, winery tours, biking and cooking together as a family.

This post, by Clare Tooley, was submitted to the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program.

This post, by Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Great Wine Capitals guest bloggers' program.

Blog post URL:  http://www.insidertasting.com/blog/2013/06/28/star-satellites

All photos:  Wendy Narby

 

The satellites, as their name implies, circulate around a star – the star being Saint Emilion.

This post by Wendy Narby is part of the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program.

Blog URL:  http://www.insidertasting.com

Photo credits:  Wendy Narby

 

If you are planning a visit to Bordeaux this year, here are a few ideas I’ll be suggesting to visitors.  

This blog post, submitted by Carlos Janeiro, participated in the 2013 Guest bloggers' program.

Blog URL:  http://comerbeberlazer.blogspot.pt

(All pictures copyright Comer, Beber, Lazer)

 

End of a sunny and hot summer afternoon in Douro. In that day I had the pleasure to visit a friend. More than a friend, a wine producer from a House in Douro that is constantly giving us wines with superior quality. This time he left me breathless when he took me the top of the Quinta do Pôpa and we look down to Rio Douro.

This post by Britt Karlson of BK Wine Tours (http://www.bkwinetours.com participated in the 2013 Guest Bloggers Program.

All pictures copyright BKWine Tours

As long as I can remember I have wanted to go to Valparaiso. To start with it had nothing to do with wine. There is a song about Valparaiso, written by my favourite Swedish poet. He travelled a lot in South America as a young sailor in the 1920s. I have known this song all my life. For me it incarnated the adventure of South America.

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