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No Where Else on Earth

While visiting Niagara Falls make time for a winery tour that has been described as the most extensive tour of a facility and most informative about wine tasting.  The No Where Else on Earth Wine Tour of Chateau des Charmes will be the highlight of your vacation.

When you arrive at the winery you’ll be warmly welcomed with glass of Rose Sparkling Wine, and you are off on your guided walking tour.  You can explore the St. David’s Bench Vineyard surrounding the winery, and learn about their philosophy of viticulture.  Then back at the winery you can visit the Harvest room, underground barrel cellars and the bottling line.

The tour concludes with a tasting of four wines, including a red and a white from the St. David’s Bench Vineyard and two premium Icewines.  Guests under 21 get to sample grape juice, and everyone gets a unique dessert made from hand-made local ice cream and Niagara-grown fruit.

Sample the Harvest in Apple Hill

As the summer draws to a close we have much for which to be thankful.  Cooler temperatures, warm memories of summer fun, and the bountiful harvest of summer crops make this a special time of the year.

If you’re planning to spend some time enjoying Lake Tahoe before winter is upon us, there is a fantastic tour on Wednesdays that will take you into the Apple Hill region of the Sierra Nevada foothills for a day of visiting some of California’s productive farms and vineyards.

The El Dorado County Wine & Harvest Tour in Apple Hill travels through the astounding beauty of the foothills to visit the Historic Boeger Winery built on the site of an 1850’s homestead. You’ll visit the original home and distillery still in use and sample award winning estate bottled wines.

The tour includes stops at Jodar Vineyards and Winery, and Boa Vista Orchards.  At Boa Vista you’ll enjoy the cider making facility and visit the bakery where you can find delicate pastries and fresh fruit pies, and shop the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cider, honey, and gourmet olives among numerous other offerings.

The tour includes samples at three wineries and a catered gourmet picnic in the foothills, with a wide range of treats that can easily accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Create custom sandwiches and salads to enjoy in the fresh air.


Texas Hill Country Winery Tour

When you think about Texas, you probably don’t immediately think of wine.  And when you think of wine, you aren’t likely to think Texas.  Well, you have another think coming.  Texas actually ranks fourth in wine producing states, behind California, New York, and Washington.

The history of wine production in Texas goes back at least to the 1600’s when Spanish Missionaries are recorded to have produced wine for sacramental use.  However, of the dozens of grape varieties grown in the region today, fifteen are native to the state, more than any other region on earth, so its likely wines were produced there before recorded history.

The Texas Hill Country, outside of San Antonio is home to a 9,000-acre wine region, where the climate produces wines that have been compared to Portuguese vintages, and vines were planted and cultivated hundreds of years before grape propagation began in California.

San Antonio Wine TourFor a fun, scenic and educational day-trip from San Antonio, grab some friends and take a wine tour.  A luxurious mini-bus for transportation ensures that you have a designated driver, so you can feel free to sample the wines at the wineries you visit.

San Antonio Wine Tour stops include:

Becker Vineyards – Tour the winery and cellar set in a 19th Century stone barn reproduction that is surrounded by fragrant lavender fields.  Sample hand-crafted, award-winning wines.

Grape Creek Vineyards – Offers a taste of Tuscany in Texas.  Sample premium quality wine in the romantic Italian Villa tasting room, visit their unique cellar at the state-of-the-art wine production complex..

Torre di Pietra Winery – It’s all Texas style here, from the award-winning Texas grapes, to the live Texas music on the Piazza.  With your wine you are encouraged to sample their assortment of cheeses, crackers and wine-infused chocolates

Fredricksburg Texas – This quaint German built town will provide a lunch stop on your tour.  You’ll find authentic German, Persian, Spanish and Mexican restaurants.  Explore the neighborhoods shops and culture before meeting up with your wine tour group .

The natural beauty of the vineyards in Hill Country, the rich cultures of Fredricksburg, the scent of lavender, it will all come back to you each time you uncork a bottle of your favorite Texas Hill Country wine.

Fascinating Day Trips from Orlando Florida

Planning to spend a week in sunny Orlando Florida?  No doubt Walt Disney World is at the top of your itinerary.  Coming in at a close second, SeaWorld and Aquatica.  It would be unthinkable to miss these stupendous theme parks.  If you find yourself with a few days to spare in this beautiful Sunbelt city we have some ideas for you.

Spend a day with the manatees.  Start with a leisurely cruise on the pristine Crystal River while your tour guide provides details about the population of these gentle creatures.  After learning more about these magnificent ‘sea cows’ you’ll be anxious to don your snorkeling gear and swim above looking into their habitat, and dive in and swim amongst the friendly marine animals as they graze in the shallow waters.  Yes, you can actually swim with the manatees.  Then after some lunch head to Homosassa State Park and enjoy the floating observatory.

Nearby Winter Park boasts more park space than any Florida city and its home to the Morse Museum of American Art where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Tiffany Glass, and see leaded glass panels created by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The historic Olde Winter Park is a delight to the senses with its winding brick streets and canopy of live oaks and camphor trees draped with Spanish moss.  For a hike through wondrous landscapes teeming with birds and butterflies the Mead Botanical Garden cannot be beat.  Enjoy a picnic amidst the natural beauty, or try to find some of the areas geocaches.

Just a short drive from downtown Orlando takes you to Clermont and the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards.  The largest winery in Florida offers complimentary tours of their facility complete with the opportunity to taste some of their wines.  The view from the balcony overlooking 80 acres of vineyards is ultimately as savory as their award winning wines.

It will feel like a vacation within a vacation when you include some or all of these ideas in your Orlando vacation!

The Belle Meade Plantation and Winery

A tour of the spectacular Belle Meade Plantation, near Nashville, is like a journey back in time.

The splendor of this Greek Revival Style Mansion is unmatched, and it is beautifully furnished with period fixtures and furnishings.  Led by a knowledgeable, period-costumed tour guide you are transported to a time of carriages and Southern hospitality.

belle meade plantationMuch of the plantations success was due to their magnificent breeding of champion Thoroughbred horses, with such famous names as Secretariat and Sea Biscuit tracing lineage to the farm.  The tour will take you through the grand stables, and carriage house on the immaculate estate.

The final stop on your tour is the ambience-rich wine tasting room, where you can sample a selection of wines created at the plantation’s winery.   Historically the plantation did keep vineyards for wine production, however their current vineyard is about 45 miles from the estate and produces a variety of grapes including Muscadine, and Vidal Blanc.  You are belle meade plantationwelcome to purchase wine to take home and there is a wine garden available for visitors who wish to purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy on the premises.  The winery operates as a non-profit, with the proceeds going to Belle Meade Plantation for education and preservation.

Visit Nashville’s First And Only Winery

Belle Meade PlantationIf you’ve ever visited the Belle Meade Plantation, you know that this historic home should not be missed. And now there is one more reason you should visit the Belle Meade Plantation. On November 16, the Plantation is opening the doors to The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation!

The city of Nashville has never played home to a winery until now. The Belle Meade Plantation is the first to consider opening one and they faced one major problem. Where do they grow the grapes? The answer was found just south of Columbia in Hampshire, Tennessee. Once Belle Meade Plantation secured land for the grapes, they contracted Brian Hamm, a talented wine-maker from the Keg Springs Winery, to guide the crafting of the Belle Meade Plantation vino.

The Plantation has made a promise to support local farming in their endeavor by buying predominantly Tennessee-grown grapes. However, representatives will occasionally make pilgrimages to the wine country of California to purchase grapes for Cagernet Sauvignons and Rieslings.

Not only will the Plantation feature special wines, crafted specifically for Belle Meade, they have added a Wine Tasting Room. No construction was used to add the wine room because it was adapted from the current structure. Guests will be able to sample some of the amazing wine before carting bottles back home.

The Winery at Belle Meade Plantation will offer wine tastings seven days a week, beginning at the time of the Grand Opening on November 16. The Grand Opening will be happening at the Belle Meade Plantation from 4 PM until 6 PM.

You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Nashville’s first and only winery! Plan a trip to Nashville, complete with a stop at Belle Meade Plantation!