Favorite wine region?
What's your favorite wine region - be it you've visited in person or maybe just know what's on the label - from around the world?
We're from Oregon, so our in-person experience has been limited to the Willamette Valley in norther Oregon and the Napa Valley in California. We're taking off for our RTW in October and the Marlborough Region in NZ (Courtney's FAVORITE!!) is on the itinerary to hit within the first few weeks.
Why do I see the next year of travel being centered around wine tasting...
From what I've tasted from the cheap import section of the local liquor store, I'd bet there would be some good wine touring in Romania and Croatia as well.
"Suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either."
Last summer, I spent some time in the Okanagan Valley in BC, and had a great time going from winery to winery. Summerhill Winery, among others, makes ice wine, which is a sweet white. It is pricey but worth the cost for the experience.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole slew of wineries in Kansas, of all places. While you'll have to make up your own mind about that, I liked the novelty of elderberry wines. I had never even heard of this yet alone tasted it until I drove through Kansas.
'It involved a squirrel, a dryer and a Scotsman doing the Haka in my kitchen.' - La Rosser.
But my favorite is my college town of Walla Walla, WA. Great big bold reds. But not quite as loud as Australian reds.
Rhineland, Germany was beautiful too. Gorgeous in springtime with green hills, flowers, and old castles to sleep in. If you like white wines, that is...
Their grey label Shiraz about $40 is a real treat. I recently scored just about the last remaining bottle of Whitchmount's 2004 Shiraz - it took out first prize at the Syrah du Monde. I've given my family fair warning it's all mine. LOL
Fortified wines are another of my passions, usually liqueur ports /some day I'd love to vist the vineyards of France.
EDIT: Net dropped out - So I'd love to visit the French vineyards - Bordeaux, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon. I've had some very good French reds and some not so good.
Don't drink whites much - give me white wine and I'm anybody's - nah it's the Reds, I've graduated to almost a full bottle and can still remain upright -woozy but upright.
But French champagne? Bollinger I reckon is my fav but Moet?Uh uh.
The Victorian tourist office (visitvictoria.com) has a fabulous brochure (a glossy book really) that we use as a bible but sadly they donâ€™t mail it overseas. However, check out their web site for ideas on structuring a trip.
I also agree with the thumbs up to the Barossa and recommend Mclaren Vale near Adelaide.
Finally, compared to Napa/Sonoma or major US regions, even the most renowned wineries are MUCH more relaxed and friendly. Iâ€™ve been to a couple where you literally let yourself in to the tasting room and have a try. They are rarely crowded and the staff is always knowledgeable and happy to have a chat. If you are a newbie they make you feel very comfortable. Unlike most in the US tastings are free, although some ask for a dollar or two if you donâ€™t buy a bottle. But Iâ€™ve never had a problem in that category â€¦.
Well, I can recommend a trip to Tuscany to taste some wine :-) My wife and I went there last year and we had some great meals with great wine on the side. Check out my trip report on http://gardkarlsen.com/tuscany_italy_travelogue.htm
Another place that is great is the Cape Town area in South Africa. You get a lot for your money and you can check out beautiful Cape Town while you are in the area :-) We went there in March and it is beautiful. Check out my trip report with pictures on http://gardkarlsen.com/Cape_Town_trip_report.htm
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(I'm from Hungary however I do not drink red wine therefore don't drink Egri Bikaver but I've heard foreign people love this wine..)
My absolute favourite is Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc NZ!!!! I have no favourite in other countries' wine but wines from Australia and South Africa is also excellent!!!
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