Paris Wine Tasting at O-Chateau

O-Chateau wine tasting group

On our last trip to Paris, we were invited to a wine tasting at O-Chateau, an authentic wine bar located in the 1st Arrondissement, not far from the Louvre. Our tasting was called The Tour de France, and during the hour and a half  session, we tasted wines from the Loire, Bourgogne (Burgundy), Bordeaux, the Rhone and Languedoc regions. Our tasting group consisted of about 20 people, mostly ... Read Full Article

Wine Tasting in the Ahr Valley of Germany

Rhineland-Palatinate by Wolfgang Staudt

  It’s time to get down with spätburgunder! Spätburgunder doesn’t roll off the tongue, but it tastes delicious. Better known as pinot noir, spätburgunder wines come from Germany’s Ahr Valley—located half an hour south of Bonn—and pinot noir lovers will want to descend upon this up-and-coming red wine region on their next European wine journey. Carved by the Ahr River, the land ... Read Full Article

Guide to Wine Tasting in the Istrian Peninsula

The Istrian peninsula, which contains portions of Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy, has loads of wine tasting opportunities, and they come at a good value. The best way to taste Istrian wine is to visit the source. Because most winemakers produce only small amounts of high quality wine, it is impossible for them to sell to large markets, such as the United States. The Istrian peninsula is a gentle ... Read Full Article

Insider’s Guide to Wine Tasting In Chianti

A 45-minute drive from Florence takes you to the very center of Chianti’s wine country. Over the years, Tuscany’s wine country keeps calling me back. Touring there has become one of my favorite things to do in all of Italy. The people are friendly, the wines are delicious, and the twisting roads and rolling hills are strangely quiet for such a legendary place. The countryside has a mysterious ... Read Full Article

Italy From Bottom to Top: Wine Tasting in Chianti

  To travel through Italy’s Chianti region is to visit the den of Bacchus (the god of wine and merriment) and forget about reality’s freeways and traffic jams. Its only a 45-minute drive once you get out of Florence, but first, you have to get out of Florence. I made the mistake of thinking that we should go and pick up the rental car (30 euros/day), then pick up our luggage from the ... Read Full Article

Wine Tasting in Chianti, Italy

I never realized how easy it is to go wine tasting in Chianti until I gave it a try. My girlfriend Kristin and I were staying in Florence and decided to rent a car for twenty-four hours and drive into wine country. It didn’t take more than forty-five minutes and we were in the rolling, vine-covered hills of one of the most important wine-producing regions in history. The main town in Chianti is ... Read Full Article