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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Wines Of The Loire Valley

No education in wine would be complete without learning about France’s Loire Valley, which is exactly why the Sommelier Society of America spends a class discussing this world-renowned region. Before this class, I’d always viewed good French wine as being unaffordable, but as our sommelier certification course instructor Stephanie Frederick, […]

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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Wines Of Alsace, France

“‘The Queen of Riesling’ — That’s what I want it to say on my tombstone!” laughs Stephanie Frederick, my instructor for the day for my Sommelier Society of America sommelier certification. Not only does she hold a diploma from the Wine And Spirits Education Trust in London and the distinction […]

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Dispatch From Tuscany: Debunking Common Misconceptions About Olive Oil

Olive oil is a super ingredient with the ability to enhance the flavors of a dish while also adding antioxidants and heart-healthy benefits. That being said, there are many misconceptions that exist on the product. That’s why — with the help of agronomist Marco Soldani of Castelfalfi and agronomist Francesco Caselli […]

Creative Travel: Exploring The World’s Best Immersive Art Hotels
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Creative Travel: Exploring The World’s Best Immersive Art Hotels

While many hotels are epitomes of style – artworks in themselves, or showcase unique art collections — the following go one step further for those seeking creative experiences along with their bed and breakfast. Celebrate your inner Hemingway or Picasso and bring home something more than a snapshot at the […]

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Vietnam, Coast, Hoi An, Woman selling fruit and vegetables at a market.  Photo courtesy of VBT.
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Food Travel: Top 14 Culinary Experiences To Savor In 2014

Dive into local cuisines and cultures with the top culinary experiences of 2014. The best way to experience exotic customs is by feasting on local produce, savoring regional spices, clinking glasses for a “cheers” with the national beer and sitting down to share a meal. This article features off-the-beaten-path locations […]

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Aperitivo with variety.  Photo courtesy of Anie Mendrick.
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Aperitivo: An Enviable Italian Ritual

If you ever find yourself in Russia, and someone offers you a glass of Vodka, you don’t turn it down. The same is true in Italy, when being served food, whether you’re hungry or not. Aperitivo: Drinks Paired with Food The freshly baked focaccia sits in front of me. Next […]

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Adana, Turkey: A Mecca For Spicy Food Lovers

Located in Southern Turkey, Adana is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world. As such, history buffs can see remnants of ten ancient civilizations while visitors feast on fresh regional dishes. The city is situated on the beautiful Seyhan River, 30 kilometers (19 miles) inland from the […]

Adventure Travel: Top Food And Fitness Fusion Safaris For 2014
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Adventure Travel: Top Food And Fitness Fusion Safaris For 2014

Get outside for a change of scenery and redefine what it means to be active with 2014’s top Fitness-Food Fusion Safaris. The following fusion safaris will get your heart pumping and palms sweating by allowing you to explore and view wildlife in natural settings by biking, hiking, surfing and more. […]

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Tuscany Travel: A Slice Of Heaven Paired With Chianti Classico Wine At Castello di Gabbiano

A Way of Life. This is the tagline of Tuscany’s Castello de Gabbiano, and one that couldn’t be more fitting. Rolling hills littered with olive trees, Cypress forests hiding valuable white truffle, Tuscan stone villas holding interesting agricultural histories, colorful crop plots and winding roads lined with rows upon rows […]

Scaloppine alla Sorentina.  Photo courtesy of Jessica Yeager.
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Dining Solo: Unexpected Experiences And Delicious Food Await You

Solo female travel can be daunting in and of itself. Couple that with the thought of eating alone in a foreign country, and some would simply not do it. But as they say, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. For those brave enough to take on independent […]

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