Getting to know wine better can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be and if you have the opportunity to do this in the company of experts, even better. What you can’t imagine when you open a bottle of wine at home is the amount of work that goes into that one sip. Whether you are tasting a Trivento Malbec, Paillard Champagne or Stella Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, you are experiencing the land on which it was grown and the culture and taste of the winemaker who made it.
Some simple tips are important to follow — let the wine breathe, take in the aroma of your wine, cleanse your palate between wines, don’t drink too much and always drink wine in good company.
Learning the specialized vocabulary for such an undertaking is one thing, but, at first, you should not get caught up in the technical details. People tend to fall in love with wine because it tastes good and teaches them something about a place and its people and, for now, that’s all you need to know. If you start to get serious about the technical aspects of viticulture and wine tasting, you can explore WSET (), a wine and spirits qualification course system. It is available in cities around the globe and even has an online option.
Even if you are a total beginner, you can learn the basics, but there are also intermediate and professional qualifications. Get serious if you would like, but first just drink and be merry.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.