Visit Provence: The Village of Seguret

It’s been over a month since we got back from our trip to France. Besides spending time visiting family, we took a 2-day trip down the Rhône Valley. We spent the first day visiting the little village of Tavel. The primary and only industry in this area is wine making. Tavel produces rosé wines, and…

An Escape in the Côtes du Rhône Meridionales: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is located on the southern region of the Rhône Valley a few miles from Avignon, the city of the Popes. Its mediaeval castle dominating the valley was built in the XIV century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon. That said, this was not the purpose of our…

Great River Road Wine Trail itinerary

Who would have thought 20 years ago Minnesota would make wines? I guess lots of us would have laugh at this idea. The cold winter months were killing most of the plants and wine makers had to go through a great deal of work to protect the vines from freezing. Thanks to the research done…

Wine Review: Chinon, Loire Valley, France

I am not a big fan of drinking red wine without a meal, so when I tasted this Chinon from the Loire Valley I was agreeably surprise. It is extremely pleasant to the palate, light bodied and fruity. I am used to drinking wines from the Rhône Valley or Burgundy Region that are more tannic and…

Travel in France: Uncover The Wines of the Beautiful Loire Valley

France has several wine regions. Most of us know the big ones: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Champagne, Alsace… But did you know that the Loire Valley is the third largest AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) wine area in France. Located less than 2 hours south of Paris, the grapes grow along the longest river of France:…

Stumbling through the Okanagan Wine Country

Working in the travel business, we are always looking for places we’ve never been before. A friend of ours told us about an area of Canada worth a visit. We discovered a valley with a unique geography, fine climate and superb wines. Located in British Columbia, Canada, this agricultural valley reinvented itself when someone discovered…