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.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Ice hotels are becoming increasingly popular as a unique adventure for dedicated travelers. If you've ever wondered what kind of gusto it takes to join the polar bear club by jumping into frigid waters in your speedo, imagine the thrill of spending the night on a bed of ice inside your own igloo wrapped in warm blankets and furs.
Oymyakon, Siberia, is literally the coldest inhabited town on Earth. The town of only 500 residents is nicknamed “The Pole of Cold” and has witnessed temperatures as low as -98 degrees. Here, where eyelashes freeze in mere moments, cars must be kept running continually to avoid a dead battery, and vegetables cannot grow naturally; locals have managed to eke out a quaint, and oddly endearing, existence.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.