Wine, great food, and exotic cars all go together. The pleasures of life come in many forms, so we decided to take in the Galleria Ferrari during a recent wine excursion to Italy.
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Written on October 21st, 2010 , Travel

Do fast cars and Italian wine go well together? You bet they do when the cars are the Formula1 racing machines at top speed on the Monza track, and the wines are Piemonte Barolos. If you are a car and a wine fanatic you simply must see the Monza race and spend at least a week touring the Piemonte region of Italy.
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Written on October 21st, 2010 , Travel, Wines

Besides outstanding cuisine, which may surprise the first time visitor, Croatia produces some awesome wines that rival those of other European countries. With influences by Roman and Venetian rule, as well as many other invading civilizations, the wines of Croatia exhibit depth and full body characteristics worth praising. Typical grape varieties include zinfandel, primitivo, and other robust red grapes, that compliment the pasta dishes, fresh vegetables, herbs, and even truffles that grow in the Istria region.
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Written on June 21st, 2010 , Travel, Wines

Hungary has a long-standing history in wine production, dating back to the time of Romans and the Celts. Centuries of great migrations brought the Avar nation to central Europe. Although their ancient cultures has since been lost, the Hungarians who later migrated to the great planes of Central Europe adopted and preserved the wine making crafts of the Avars. Thus grape growing and wine production quickly spread amongst the medieval Hungarian cities. This process was further promoted by different privileges bestowed by the rulers of that time, who considered wine production improvements as an important part of their policy. Although the Tartar and the Turkish conquests of Hungary may have hampered this trend up until the 17th century, by the 18th century, Hungarian wine making flourished again reaching markets stretching from German speaking municipalities and the Netherlands to England. Over the years, ancient tradition merged with new local innovations coupled with the great variety of climate and soil, resulted in emergence of 22 distinct wine regions in the country.
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Written on May 21st, 2010 , Travel, Wines

Slovenia lies on the southern slopes of the Alps and touches the Mediterranean. Although it may enjoy the benefits of “the best of both worlds,” Slovene viticulture is also at the mercy of unpredictable climate from both the north and the south. Consequently, the total annual output of Slovene vineyards may vary as much as 50%. There are extraordinary vintages and absolute failures, with a spectrum of “in-betweens.” There have been seven extraordinary vintages in this century: 1917, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1958, 1971, and 1983. The 1993 vintage is considered excellent in all areas, but the 1994 was only excellent in Primorje. In general the 1995 vintage was generally poor to average.
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Written on May 21st, 2010 , Travel, Wines

People tend to take vacations and visit the wine areas of the world in summer & fall. Here at WineNews we decided to tour the Tuscan countryside during the Christmas and New Years holiday season. Our goal, besides gathering comments and opinions on the recent harvest, was to experience the holiday focus in Italy. If you never considered a winter trip to Tuscany, you miss the chance of a much more up-close and truly personal visit.
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Written on December 21st, 2009 , Lodging, Travel

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