Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wine Travels to Explore

I’ve come across some interesting opportunities for wine tasting and exploration that I thought I would pass along:

The Bellagio is always full of great activity and gourmet restaurants. On May 7th the Las Vegas hotel’s Tuscany Kitchen will be hosting UnCork'd wine seminars.. The schedule includes “Wine Immersion: A Master Sommelier’s View on Organic Wine, Culinary Revelations: A Piece of Chocolate and a Glass of Wine,” and “Wine Immersion Experience: Wine Scores and Ratings, What Do They Actually Mean.” There's also an opportunity for a five-course wine pairing dinner.

Speaking of Tuscany, there’s nothing like the real thing for an Italian wine experience. I’m hoping to experience my own adventure this fall with DiVine Tours, a company I recently discovered that specializes in wine trips. DiVine offers a selection of wine exploration for everything from day tours in great Italian cities like Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast, San Gimignano and Pisa to in-depth week long adventures. They even do private tours. I’m currently looking at two tours that sound incredible – The Vineyards of Tuscany and The Grand Harvest Tour of Tuscany. Both tours give an in-depth look at behind the scenes wine-making in this beautiful region. Visit their website or write to info@divinetours.com.

Between the mountains of Montana is a hideaway called Triple Creek Ranch. I haven’t been there yet, but I feel relaxed just going to their website. Their fireplace-filled cabins, hot tubs and hammocks look inviting, but there’s another reason to head there in May and June. Vitner’s Weekends feature a different winery each week. Guests can stay for a package that includes accommodations, food, tastings, ranch activities and receptions. The wineries participating this year are: Fidelitas Wines, Koenig Vineyards and Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards. For more information, contact the Triple Creek Ranch- 800-654-2943, info@triplecreekranch.com.

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