A Guide to Wine, Food & the Good Life

DOMAINE DONATSCH REVISITED

WORLD CLASS PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY AND MORE! INCLUDING COMPLETER & A VISIT TO THE THREE STAR CHEVAL BLANC RESTAURANT IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND Last year after my annual trip to Burgundy, I went back to visit Domaine Donatsch in Malans, Switzerland. My first visit was three years ago.  I tasted a wide range of Donatsch […]

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A GREAT 2016 VACATION IDEA: PROVENCE

In the fall of 2011 my wife Laurie and I, along with our friends Jim and Marcia Wolf from here in Santa Barbara, visited Provence and the South of France where we visited several wineries and enjoyed some marvelous food (in Saint-Tropez, a bucket of steamed baby mussels with Pomme Frites and a bottle of […]

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THE NEW YORK FINGER LAKES – WINES THAT DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION

INTRODUCTION In late September of this year my wife Laurie and I traveled with our good friends and neighbors, Jim and Marcia Wolfe, to upstate New York where Jim and Marcia were born and raised. We had many great visits during our stay including Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Niagara Falls and the […]

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PERU – THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

   INTRODUCTION Last year contributing editor Greg McCluney posted an article on Machu Picchu entitled “Pursuing Machu Picchu and the food and wine of Peru” (to read that article see the link at the end of this article). This year contributing editor Cary Feibleman and his family also took the road less traveled and Cary […]

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN HAT TRICK: WINE, FOOD, AND LODGING

INTRODUCTION: The following article was written by Mike and Amy Mayfield. Mike is the newest Underground Contributing Editor (to view his biography click here). Last December Mike and Amy along with their 3 children (Addison age 18, Kyle age 16 and Delaney age 12) visited South Africa. During their stay they visited wineries, tasted wine, […]

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A UNIQUE ADVENTURE: TEN COUNTRIES IN EIGHTEEN DAYS VIA CAR, PLANE, TRAIN, AND BOAT

THIS IS THE FIRST OF A TWO PART ARTICLE.  IT COVERS THE INTRODUCTION AND TRAVEL INCLUDING THE ITINERARY AND NARRATIVE.  PART II WILL FOLLOW SOON AND COVERS FOOD, WINE, AND THE CONCLUSION.  IF IT’S MONDAY IT MIGHT BE LIECHTENSTEIN! PART I  INTRODUCTION This surely is one of the most unique trips one could imagine. First, […]

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RICHEBOURG IN THE ROCKIES

Caribou and Richebourg or Banyuls with bear? All this is possible at the Post House, www.posthotel.com, a Relais and Chateau jewel a few miles from the shores of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Not too many miles from where grizzlies prowl, this restaurant turns out Michelin star quality food with one of the world’s greatest restaurant wine collections comprised of over 25,000 bottles.

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A GRAND EXPERIENCE: MAUI, FOOD AND WINE

MAUI FEATURING Great Dining, Kumu, Maui Potato Chips, and 2010 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc   Introduction I recently did a Grape Press article on New Zealand wines. The bottom line is that these are wines that offer value and quality in a very food friendly style. You can view the entire article here New Zealand Trade […]

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PURSUING MACHU PICCHU AND THE FOOD AND WINE OF PERU

Long on my bucket list of places to visit, Peru’s City in the Clouds, Machu Picchu receives thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Twenty thousand years of history and a Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu and the lands surrounding it were home to a scientifically advanced Incan civilization.

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THE AHWAHNEE ANNOUNCES ITS 30TH ANNUAL VINTNERS’ HOLIDAYS STELLAR LINEUP WITH 33 WORLD-CLASS CALIFORNIA WINERIES

The Ahwahnee, AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, located in beautiful Yosemite Valley, will welcome 33 of California’s leading vintners for its 30th annual Vintners’ Holidays event series, kicking off November 6. Celebrating three decades of excellence in winemaking in the gorgeous setting of Yosemite National Park, Vintners’ Holidays will be held over a series of eight sessions from November 6 to December 8, 2011.

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