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Exploring The Oenophile Utopia of Bordeaux with Viking River Cruises

BY : Glenn Harris | 2017

When we think of gourmet food and fine wine, most will instantly think of France. And when we think of where to find the finest wine in France, we of course think Bordeaux. It was Napoleon III who first organized the region’s wine chateaus in...

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Sip on Bodega Numanthia's 2013 Termanthia, the Jewel of Spanish Wine

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BY : Vicki Arkoff | 2017

There are many excellent wines in the world, but fewer than you might think are truly exceptional. The jewel on the crown of Spain’s great Bodega Numanthia winery—founded in Argujilo-Zamora by the Eguren Family in 1998—is Termanthia, the esteemed vintner’s most precious and rare creation. It’s 100 percent Tinta del Toro, produced and bottled in Valdefinjas. The red grape variety—picked by hand and crushed by foot—forms the backbone of some of the absolute finest wines from Spain and Portugal.

The wine is aged twice in new, French oak barrels and is neither fined nor filtered. Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in the Spanish Toro Region: 11.8 acres of Tinta del Toro vines that are more than 120 years old, located at an altitude of 2,625 feet. The sublime fruit concentration unveils a magnificent aromatic intensity that reveals as much intensity as it does precision and elegance. Each year, Termanthia receives better and better reviews, driving the price upwards which makes this year’s 2013 vintage release a wise investment as well as a premium bottle to enjoy. “If you have a soul,” says The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker, “sell it to the Devil for a few bottles of this extraordinary liquid.”

 

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Fronting Lake Geneva Le Richemond Oozes Elegance and Classic Ambience

BY : Sean Hillen | 2017

A grande dame of the Swiss hotel network—first opened in 1875 and now run by The Dorchester Collection—Le Richemond occupies an envious location overlooking Lac Léman and Mont Blanc, as well as being close to Cornavin,...

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Beaches & Rolling Hills Characterize the Shandon Hotel & Spa on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

BY : Sean Hillen | 2017

Overlooking rolling hills, a crescent-shaped fine-sand beach and sheer cliffs along the famous "Wild Atlantic Way," the Shandon Hotel & Spa occupies an outstanding rural Irish setting. Located in Portnablagh on the rugged northwest...

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Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is an Art Deco Hotel With a Historical Past

BY : Nick Kontis | 2017

London is a beautiful walking city, strolling through Kensington Gardens to Holborn, not only takes you through regal parks, but through a maze of hidden nooks, alleyways and a step back in time. It's an eclectic mix of everything from classic...

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Art of Living: The Bordeaux Wine Region and the Chateau Cordeillan-Bages

BY : Glenn Harris | 2017

Bordeaux. The word, as it rolls off the tongue, brings to mind sophistication, the finest of wines and the French art of living. The Bordeaux region is remarkably beautiful with scenes of winding rivers, French chateaus in the countryside and grape...

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Experience Artistic Shock and Awe at Oslo's The Thief Hotel

BY : Glenn Harris | 2017

If you haven’t been to Norway yet, put it on your must-do list for this year. The country is full of natural beauty with stunning fjords, crystal glacier lakes, charming coastal villages and endless cultural experiences. Your visit to Norway...

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Historic Luxury, Northern Charm: Inside Swinton Park Hotel, Yorkshire

BY : Selene Nelson | 2017

Deep in the North Yorkshire dales, set in 250 acres of forested parkland bordering the moors, is the Swinton Park Estate. As you drive through wrought-iron gates and catch a first glimpse of this striking ancestral home, complete with ivy-clad...

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Diving in the Norway's Fjord Country at Solstrand Hotel & Bad

BY : Glenn Harris | 2017

A couple, 30-something in age, leans over the infinity edge of the pool. They exchange glances between each other and the beautiful views of the fjords of western Norway. Steam from pool's warm water mixes with the brisk Norwegian air. The view...

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Inside Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa in Wicklow, Ireland

BY : Selene Nelson | 2017

Just a half hour drive from Dublin, Powerscourt Hotel is located in some of County Wicklow’s most beautiful countryside. Set among the spectacular Powerscourt Estate, this eponymous hotel looks out across a rolling, wooded valley onto the...

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Bucharest's Hotel Epoque Beckons Guests with Fine Dining, Tranquility and Location

BY : Sean Hillen | 2017

Inscribed on the wall outside its entrance door is a catchphrase that accurately sums up one of the prime attractions of the five-star Hotel Epoque in central Bucharest: "Retreat in the heart of the city." Close to the charming,...

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Tasting the Alsace Region's Dopff & Irion Wines

BY : Steve Mirsky | 2017

Since the Renaissance, wine making has thrived throughout France's Alsace region, particularly in the Village of Riquewihr. Its moniker “Pearl of the Alsace” celebrates a fabled wine making heritage, as well as the village's...

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