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Like a fine wine, Australia’s Barossa Valley is aged perfection. An hour north of Adelaide, wineries here are housed in sandstone cottages built circa 1860, and multigenerational families still use Old World techniques and fruit from century-old vines planted in the shadow of ancient gum trees.

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Soon after arriving in the Azores in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes. Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores — especially those found on Pico Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As I was preparing for a recent trip to Amsterdam, I did my usual pre-trip rounds of asking for restaurant recommendations from friends and mining relevant articles and blogs for ideas. Surprisingly, the pickings came back very slim. But there was one trend that proved an exception to the rule.

Wine Road Wonderland: Day 3

I’ve done my fair share of wine tasting, but I’m a far cry from a sommelier. Lucky for me, I was about to learn a lot, including fun new terms like sur lie, cordon pruning, and cork hopping. I would also learn that Sonoma is the land of owl boxes, enigmatic dog ambassadors, and fun-loving people who work hard while making it look easy.

Day 3: Dry Creek Valley….

Wine Road Wonderland: Day 2

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I’ve done my fair share of wine tasting, but I’m a far cry from a sommelier. Lucky for me, I was about to learn a lot, including fun new terms like sur lie, cordon pruning, and cork hopping. I would also learn that Sonoma is the land of owl boxes, enigmatic dog ambassadors, and fun-loving people who work hard while making it look easy.

Day 2: Alexander River Valley….

Wine Road Wonderland

I’ve done my fair share of wine tasting, but I’m a far cry from a sommelier. Lucky for me, I was about to learn a lot, including fun new terms like sur lie, cordon pruning, and cork hopping. I would also learn that Sonoma is the land of owl boxes, enigmatic dog ambassadors, and fun-loving people who work hard while making it look easy.

Day 1: Russian River Valley….

James Conaway’s long love affair with wine began with a column at the Washington Post and inspired him to pen two non-fiction books on the subject — but he eventually came to realize that fiction has advantages over journalism when dealing with “a subculture as broad as the Earth and as deep as history itself.”

Malbec in Mendoza

The award-winning vineyards of central-west Argentina can trace their roots to the 16th century, when Spanish colonialists began to travel and settle there. Here’s our guide to making the most of your time in Malbec Country (but don’t forget Torrontes while you’re there).

The New Napa?

When I knew I’d be passing through Monterey County, I thought Cannery Row, not wine. What I discovered was a “wine sleeper.” A grape-growing hotspot waiting for its time in the sun…

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Spring Trips: Get Your Om On

Spring is here, or just about to be! Time to start planning your out-of-town escapes. And, boy, do we have some ideas for you. Check out our list of Best Spring Trips for 2012. As an added bonus, we’ll be featuring a few extra ideas on the Intelligent Travel blog this week. For those of…

You’ve heard of the Napa Valley wine auction, that stellar, expensive summer dueling among high-end wines for celebrity. But have you heard of Premiere Napa Valley, a similar vinous stand-off held every winter? Probably not, unless you trade in wine and have clients willing to put down as much as, say, $1,000 for a bottle…

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Portugal’s Alto Douro region has been producing wine for nearly 2,000 years, a distinction that led it to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Learn about the history and culture of this beautiful region with a tasting. [Inspiring Travellers] Take to the water this summer. Discover terrific kayaking spots in the…

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There are more than 140 vineyards and 70 wineries in Hawke’s Bay one of New Zealand’s top wine regions. Discover ten more in Kiwi country with this guide. [Got Saga] Don’t lose your wallet the next time you travel. According to this Frommer’s story over 100 people in a major city may fall victim to…

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Spring might be the best time to visit Holland, when its famous tulips are in full bloom. Walk along beaches, stroll through gardens, or explore the countryside by bike. [Velvet Escape via #ngtradar] Pop the cork at one of these top summer wine destinations in the U.S, spanning the country from the popular Napa/Sonoma Valley…

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It’s summertime in Chile, which means vineyards are gearing up for a busy harvest season. The ripe, plump grapes are ready for picking, and wineries welcome travelers to roll up their sleeves and help with the process. Although the popular and obvious choice of activity when visiting a winery is typically grape-centric, Chilean vineyards offer a host of other experiences that go beyond the vine.

Traveler staffer Giovanna Palatucci writes about her trip to Chile, where she quickly discovered there’s more to this South American country than the dry Atacama Desert to the north and the snowy peaks of Patagonia to the south. This is the first post about her trip. When I stepped off the plane in Santiago, not…

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Back by popular demand, another wine clue. The name of this grape is different down under, and its ancient history still causes wonder. From an estate that was founded in 1890 (best in the country says the IWSC), this wine celebrates their anniversary. A limited label, for here and now, quite similar to their Qomolangma.…

Mark your calendars: California is dedicating a month to its vibrant culinary landscape. January marks the first statewide Restaurant Month, with over 20 destinations from Napa Valley to San Diego offering discounts, chef talks, and other promotions. California Travel & Tourism Commission’s (CTTC) website divides the state by region with links to county and city…

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Berlin flips on the switch tonight for the grand opening of their eleven-night-long 6th Annual Berlin Festival of Lights. Visitors can take a Lightseeing tour by bus, boat, balloon, horse-drawn carriage or limo to see more than 60 of the city’s most famous landmarks lit up with enormous and innovative multi-colored light installations. Highlights: Early…

A Sip of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County is home to an array of wineries, and you can taste their products without leaving the beach. Napa Valley, eat your heart out. Over the last 25 years, Santa Barbara County has experienced a vintner’s renaissance, with an impressive 100-plus wineries flourishing in the area. According to the Santa Barbara County Vinters’…

Secret Paris

Paris is always in the spotlight. And after a visit or two (or maybe reading too many travel blog posts about this city), you may feel like you know the place like the back of your hand. But what makes a city like Paris wonderful is the fact that there is always something new for…

Lawrence Ferber offers us a taste of Hong Kong’s burgeoning wine culture. Long and deservedly holding a reputation as a foodie’s city, Hong Kong just recently received its own Michelin Guide, while 2009 was proclaimed Food & Wine Year. So I was eager to attend Hong Kong’s Wine and Dine Festival, in which a portion…

Saturday Night Out in Madrid

I arrived in Madrid a few weeks ago with only a handful of hours on a Saturday to show my fiancé around town, so I wanted a way to pack in as much culture as we could, and if possible, do it on the cheap. Enter my colleague Meg Weaver’s excellent Free City Guide to…

Charlottesville Charms

With the new visitor center opening at Monticello this week, now is the perfect time to plan a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. IT Editor Janelle Nanos shares some of the highlights from her recent trip. I’m no country bumpkin, but I do admit that I tend to feel a bit confined if I don’t get…