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Staying and Playing in Ireland's Regal Retreat, The Ashford Castle

BY : Glenn Harris | 2018

There’s a mild obsession that people seem have with castles. Perhaps it’s reminiscent of those Robin Hood and King Arthur tales from our childhood, or a dream for a soon-to-be-bride planning her fairytale wedding. Perhaps it’s just...

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Old English Charm: Inside The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

BY : Selene Nelson | 2018

Deep in the West Sussex South Downs is the pretty market town of Midhurst, which is home to one of England's oldest coaching inns. Dating back to 1430, The Spread Eagle is a country escape that’s as charming as it is historic; think oak...

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Sapientia Hotel Combines Heritage With Contemporary in the Heart of Historic Coimbra

BY : Sean Hillen | 2018

As a bibliophile, imagine my delight upon seeing a mini-library as well as scrolls and a classic, old, manual typewriter adorning shelves in the foyer of the four-star Sapientia Hotel in Coimbra, in central Portugal....

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Spirit And Substance: A 2017 Christmas Markets River Cruise On the Rhine

BY : Susan Kime | 2018

"Carry me on the waves to a land I've never seen," Enya sang on her album, Sail Away. It is a potent lyric, especially since rivers have often been called liquid highways, having carried the interchange of ideas and traditions,...

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Experience the Food, Wine, Beauty and Adventure of England's Heartland

BY : Tiffany Leigh | 2018

It’s time to look beyond London; although the cosmopolitan city is alluring, you’d be remiss not to explore the rest of the country’s captivating lands. In particular is the cultural allure of England’s Heartland, which is...

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The Beautiful Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris Debuts a Glamorous New Look & Luxe Upgrades

BY : Jared Paul Stern | 2018

The beautiful Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris is something of a hidden gem among posh Parisian hotels, though celebrities have long appreciated its discrete luxury, prime location and plush amenities. The likes of George and...

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Hotel Metropole: A Lavish, Historic Geneva Lakeside Property

BY : Sean Hillen | 2018

Sipping a cappuccino while listening to the soft piano melodies of Chopin and gazing idly at street activity on the busy Rue du Rhône from a nearby window, I felt completely at ease. Such is the effect of several relaxing days at...

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A Lakeside Gem With Top-Class Attractions: Geneva Offers Historic Tourism Choices

BY : Sean Hillen | 2018

From lake boat rides and a charming cobblestone Old Town, to the world’s most advanced scientific research center and a hill-top library and museum housing the oldest manuscripts on earth—all these reflect the sheer diversity of...

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Iconic London Luxury: Inside The Dorchester Hotel

BY : Selene Nelson | 2017

If you’re looking for traditional London luxury, it’s hard to get more iconic than The Dorchester. Since its opening in 1931, The Dorchester has established itself as one of the most revered hotels in the world—not just in London....

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Historical Elegance & Rural Portuguese Landscapes Enhance the Beauty of Palacio da Lousa

BY : Sean Hillen | 2017

Aside from the natural friendliness of Portuguese people, and their fine wine and food, staying at a small-town property in a rural setting with an authentic, 300-year-old history is an added delight. Particularly so if it happens to be the hilltop,...

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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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