Tagged With "Wine Route"

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Re: Vineyards, Burgundy, France

DrFumblefinger ·
It`s a great story, PortMoresby! The kind of adventure that would appeal to me. A week of walking sounds just about right. And my knees are telling me to stop going into the mountains and seek flatter ground! I`m curious how you arranged the transportation of your gear as you were walking from one place to the next. Did you carry it all, or did you return to the same base every night? And, I hope, there was some cheese to go with that wonderful looking wine!
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Re: Vineyards, Burgundy, France

PortMoresby ·
This isn't the walking part, DrF, this is the drinking part. I do plan to tell the story of the walk along the Burgundy Canal soon but the answer to your question about gear is, neither. When I walk I carry a day pack, period. I leave my bigger bag at a hotel, in Burgundy it was in Dijon, and just have essentials with me, a change and toiletries, any guides and maps I may want and little else, about 10 lbs. altogether including rain gear. The less stuff, I've found over the years, the better...
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Re: Vineyards, Burgundy, France

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for that extra info, PM. But 10 pounds would just cover the water, bottle of wine and wheel of cheese I'd be carrying to sustain me on the journey. But Lite is definitely the way to go if at all possible. I look forward to reading the next piece! I may yet pick your brains again about these journeys....which genuinely appeal to me.
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Re: Vineyards, Burgundy, France

PortMoresby ·
Definitely carry water, but wine and cheese are everywhere you turn, no need to haul your own. The key, of course, is not how much stuff you have with you, but how good the stuff is for the purpose. In reality one might do with less than 10 lbs as everything I have in the way of clothing dries overnight. But I like to change in the evening and get the rinsed out items hanging. As with everything, there are methods, obvious when you know them but it took years to get them down. And I continue...
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Re: Vineyards, Burgundy, France

Travel Luver ·
Love the pics and story! Need to do this myself someday. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Vineyards, Burgundy, France

PortMoresby ·
There have been occasions when glimpses of a place, from listening to someone speak of them, or in a magazine, a movie, or even a television program, have caused me to tuck the name securely away in memory, to be retrieved later for the impetus to...
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September 12, 2016. Route des Vins, France

George G. ·
A scenic moment along the roadside in Alsace's famous Wine Route.
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Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

DangTravelers ·
What do you think of when asked about the state of Missouri?  A few years ago, all that would come to mind were the cities of St. Louis and Branson, but not much else.  It was a pass-through state to many other destinations for us, but never...
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

Travel Rob ·
Thanks! What a fantastic piece on Missouri. It really is a great state and you've give me ideas for several trips!
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

DangTravelers ·
Thanks Travel Rob! We are from Chicago, but we've spent a lot of time in Missouri the last few years. We've really grown to appreciate all it has to offer.
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

Travel Luver ·
Great post! America has lots of great out of the way places worth exploring and I'd like to get to this one someday. I love to canoe and the Current River sure looks inviting. Is there a long stretch of the river you can paddle? Can you rent a canoe there?
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Re: Why Missouri is Not just a Fly Over State

DangTravelers ·
The Current River is amazing. It's around 185 miles, but in the area we were (in Salem) they do canoe trips as long as 65 miles or so. There are multiple canoe rental places near there, doing everything from short 4 hour canoe trips to multi-day camping canoe trips as well.
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Re: Swiss wine-growers look for good news in climate change

GarryRF ·
"The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, each separated by intervals of slight warming" Swiss Farms and Villages were destroyed by the advancing glaciers during the mini-ice ages. 1.6C is not a great recovery in 100 years.
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Swiss wine-growers look for good news in climate change

PHeymont ·
Swiss vineyards near Sion           Photo: Valery Heritier / Wikimedia   A Swiss federal agriculture expert says that climate change  is “positive overall for Swiss wine growers because it guarantees better...
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March 4, 2016. Madeira Wine Company

Ian Cook ·
Some images from the Madeira Wine Company in Funchal, Madeira
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Fountain of wine in Swiss capital

PHeymont ·
Bern, Switzerland's "boring" capital will add a little spice today with a fountain flowing with wine to celebrate its 1848 choice as the capital.
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Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand

danthewanderer ·
DantheWanderer visits New Zealand and shares great travel destinations and photos of the journey.
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United Economy to Offer 3 Course Meals, Free Beer & Wine on Some Flights

Travel Rob ·
            Photo from United Airlines   On June 1st, United will introduce to United Economy three-course meals and free beer and wine  on some international flights. Check United's website...
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Re: United Economy to Offer 3 Course Meals, Free Beer & Wine on Some Flights

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska has been offering free microbrewery beer and local wine on its Horizon flights for years. So Kudos to United for expanding their economy services. We need to acknowledge their service improvements when they occur
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Re: Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand

Travel Rob ·
What a great piece! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand

DrFumblefinger ·
An amazingly beautiful corner of the world, Dan! Thanks for sharing this experience. Look forward to hearing more about your adventures in New Zealand.
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Re: Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand

Samantha ·
Amazing pictures. Sounds like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the interesting tour of Lisbon, PHeymont. You've moved it up my radar list. Given say, a two week vacation in Portugal, how much time do you think should be spent in Lisbon? Or maybe I should put this up in the forums? LOL
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Re: Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

PHeymont ·
Might be good to take it to the forums for more opinions... I gave Lisbon 12 days because a lot of people said that was too much...but we wanted a slow pace and time off! Ask and see what others say...
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Re: Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

Former Member ·
In several parts of the city, upper and lower areas are connected by tram cars with tilted bodies, The inclined plane railways are always interesting. We have used them in Paris, Lisbon, and various places in Switzerland. We call a day making our way around, using the inclined railways " Fun with Funiculars !".
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Re: Saint-Remy's Fête du Vin

DrFumblefinger ·
What a great day! Thanks for sharing it with us. And the snail will be rubbery next time, too. Guess you need to develop an affinity for rubber!
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Re: Saint-Remy's Fête du Vin

PortMoresby ·
Maybe with snails there's just no latitude, nothing between slimy and rubbery. I'm quite sure I've eaten my last one of any description, some years back. Not awful, I just fail to see the point.
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Lisbon: Cheap, but Steep!

PHeymont ·
That’s my short take on Lisbon after two weeks there last summer. A variety of economic factors, not all connected with the Euro crisis of the past few years, have made Portugal incredibly cheap for foreign travelers—but you have to be...
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Long, hot summer shrinks French wine production

PHeymont ·
Some of last year's wines of Provence, at a local festival in Saint-Remy de Provence     The weeks and weeks of high heat across Europe, and especially in France, are affecting prospects for this year's French wine vintage. Because of the...
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Saint-Remy's Fête du Vin

PHeymont ·
    We had the good fortune this summer of having our few days in Saint-Remy-de-Provence coincide with the town's 32nd annual Festival of Wine and Crafts. Not that we're wine experts; we don't know the specialized language and the names of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 27, 2015: Grapevine, Texas, Urban Wine Trail

Marilyn Jones ·
    Grapevine, Texas, is just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and a world away from what you would imagine a community this close to a major metropolitan area would be like. What you’ll find is Main Street lined...
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Florida: Unexpected Destination for Wine

PHeymont ·
Think wine, and you think Europe...or the Napa Valley...or...Florida?   Not a thought that occurs to too many, but as the Miami Herald points out, Florida has a long and thriving history of wine production, although mostly fruitier, sweeter wines...
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Fewer Mainland Chinese Going to Hong Kong

Travel Rob ·
Chinese mainland visitors to Hong Kong fell almost 10 percent in July, compared to last July. In contrast, Japan National Tourism Organization said 576,900 Chinese mainlanders visited Japan in July, more than double July of last year. One ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

PHeymont ·
  Many regions of France are known for their wines, and Provence is one of them, located at the lower end of the Rhone Valley. Some Provence vineyards ship far and wide; others are far more local, and go out of their way to promote locally....
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JetBlue's evolution: now it's into haute cuisine

PHeymont ·
JetBlue, originally noted for blue corn chips and friendly service on its one-class flights seems to be headed in a whole new direction.   In addition to recently adding its business-class "Mint" service on longer flights, it now charges for...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

GarryRF ·
Hi Paul. Just curious. Would an outdoor wine tasting be permissible in the US? I always find events like this to be so civilised. Folks just mixing and tasting locally produced food and wine. No one over indulging and a beautiful way to enjoy a summers day making new friends.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

PHeymont ·
We have a lot of different state and local laws, so, as they say, Your Mileage May Vary. Since New York is a significant wine-producer, it may be a bit easier here, and in summer there are several wine producers sampling at our local Greenmarket
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

GarryRF ·
I never knew that New York was a wine producer. I'll add that to my shopping list in August. Blossom Hill of California is a big seller here in the UK. Thank You !!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

PHeymont ·
The Finger Lakes area in the center of the state has long been a big white-wine producer; Taylor is originally from there. There's been a growing industry on Long Island in recent years, where sandy soil in some areas has been good to the grapes. On the whole, NY wines range from extraordinary to oversweet. And, of course, it's home to one of my guilty favorites: Manishewitz Concord Grape wine, kosher for Passover!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 11, 2015: Fruit of the Vine

GarryRF ·
Must look into this. I prefer sweet wines. Hate dry wines. Which I know is very unfashionable. But I do love asking guests to try my Italian "Martini. Asti Spumante. Sparkling Wine". I do enjoy converting people with an attitude to sweet wines !
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Walla, Walla: “So nice they named it twice!”

DrFumblefinger ·
What’s a Walla Walla?  It’s a Indian name meaning “many waters”.  It’s also the name of a charming city in southeastern Washington; nestled close to the Columbia and Snake River valleys, and with a river of its...
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

PHeymont ·
We had a two-day flying visit to Strasbourg (pre-TGV) a few years ago and loved it...and now you've pushed it way high up the re-visit list! Thanks...
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

Travel Rob ·
Wonderful photos and descriptions! I'll be adding Strasbourg to my travel list!
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

DrFumblefinger ·
What a beautiful and great destination! I've also not visited it before but it's definitely on my radar. How much time would you recommend for a first time visit?
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Re: Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

HistoryDigger ·
DrFumblefinger— A few days could be enough in Strasbourg itself, but if you want to tour the vineyards, I'd stay a week in the area. You could stay two nights in Strasbourg and then a night or two in Riquewihr and beyond. And I'd suggest renting a car to go at your own pace. For my next trip, I will plan at least full week in the region because I want to stop at the vineyards and visit more of the museums. And don't forget Chateau Haut Koenigsburg.
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Strasbourg & Route Du Vin

HistoryDigger ·
My son, his girlfriend, and I spent four nights in lovely Strasbourg.     We picked a perfect apartment right on Quai St. Nicholas (5 minute walk into town), which you can check out on booking.com here . Our friendly hostess (who speaks...
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