Things start to get a little spooky in October. Whether it’s the onset of cold weather, the endless stream of horror movies, or just early observance of Halloween traditions, there is more talk about hauntings during the month of October than any other time of the year. But here’s the catch: Hauntings (if you believe […]
It’s official: Brangelina is over. But before you ask what happened and why, let’s focus on the more important question at hand: who gets the winery? Chateau Miraval, AKA, Brangelina Estate, is situated in Correns, France, in the heart of Provence. The estate covers a whopping 500 hectares in the south of France, sprawling over […]
It only takes one drive through Napa to see why the region is known for its beauty: between patches of grapevines, mansions and castles rise and glittering fountains welcome visitors into lush gardens and tasting rooms. But there’s more than Beaux-Arts flare to these massive facades, which double as functioning wineries.
Everybody loves a good wine trail. But we tend to keep loving the same ones, over and over and over again. And then passing out and waking up and loving them once more. One way to spice up the intoxication of wine tourism: change things up. Find an undiscovered—or really less discovered—wine trail and make […]
One thing that unites “dog people” and “cat people”—being “wine people.” Which is why we’re doing a feline follow-up to our catalogue of the 14 Winery Pooches To Melt Your Heart. Now where a winery dog might reasonably be expected to perform some particular function on the winery or vineyard grounds—keeping the vineyard manager company, […]
And you thought wineries couldn’t get any better…Meet, the winery dog. AKA vineyard dog. AKA informal mascot, pest control, guest greeter, and general keeper-of-things-cool. A lot of wineries have them, for reasons practical (killing moles that dig into their soil) and adorable (‘nuf said), and we wanted to celebrate them. Because, well, dogs. Turns out […]
The weather is getting warmer and soon, vineyards in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the midst of “bud break,” when vines begin their annual growing. It’s a beautiful time to visit a vineyard and see a winery in action. Wine tourism is a big industry, and for good reason: the combination of fresh air, […]
There’s only one reason to attend a wine passport weekend: to get tipsy in a pastoral setting as cheaply as possible. Despite being marketed as the ideal combination of education and a buzz, with one ticket promising “free” tasting at dozens of wineries, neither learning nor drinking well are guaranteed.
In the rolling hills of Virginia, not far from the University he designed and founded, Thomas Jefferson made repeated attempts to grow vitis vinifera, meaning European grape varieties. After traveling in France, the Statesman had fallen in love with elegant wine, and was determined to plant the nation’s first vineyards. But the humid climate, and […]