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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla
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Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]

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What’s Old is New Again at the Napa River Inn

There’s nothing I love more than an immersive vacation experience—one that transports you to a time and place that connects you with the past in a palpable way while adhering to modern standards and expectations. This is what I encountered during my stay at the historic Napa River Inn in […]

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Amour Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train isn’t so much a mode of transportation but rather a time machine transporting passengers back to an era when the journey was as scintillating as the destination, itself. Particularly well-suited for couples seeking quality together time, this excursion offers an elegant sojourn through the heart […]

La Ferme de la Lochere
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Exploring the Foods and Wines of Burgundy

If I have the choice between an elegant plate of paté and a comforting bowl of pasta, I’m going to choose pasta. After living in Italy for two years, I became accustomed to the country’s popular food and wines, spending much of my time in Italian cooking classes and on […]

The bucolic region of Umbria
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Discover Umbria’s Top Wines and Wineries

Umbria is giving Tuscany a run for its money. I hate to even tell you about the spectacular Umbrian views and exciting wines because it’s the unspoiled nature of the region that keeps me going back. Personally, I find the Umbrian wines to be much more complex and I love […]

With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind
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With Record-Breaking Exports of Provence Rosés to the U.S., Marcell Ott Comes to Mind

by Susan Newman Manfull, winner of the IFWTWA 2014 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award When I read the news earlier this month [October 2014] about the continued dramatic growth of exports of Provence rosé to the United States, I couldn’t help but think of Marcel Ott, the brilliant founder of Domaines […]

Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards
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Virginia is Making a Name for Itself as a Wine Destination, with Hundreds of New Vineyards

Story and photos by Alex Palmer, winner of IFWTWA 2014 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award   There are wine trails and nine distinct wine regions with companies like New Kent, Saude Creek, Dog and Oyster, and Philip Carter. Virginia is well-known for its wealth of U.S. history, but the reds and […]

Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara
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Take Amtrak for a Car Free Holiday in Santa Barbara

We had not been on a train in years, so when invited to experience a weekend getaway on the rails that was “drive free,” we jumped at the opportunity. The adventure entailed making our way to the Diridon Train Station in San Jose, California, and boarding the southbound Amtrak Coast […]

Cirque de Gavarnie
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 2)

…continued from Part 1 3rd stop: Gavarnie Gavarnie 90 kilometers/ 56 miles from Pau 49 kilometers/ 30 miles from Lourdes Check in at Le Brèche de Roland hotel in Gèdre, then drive another eight scenic kilometres (five miles) to the village of Gavarnie. Beyond the village’s tourist office, restaurants, hotels […]

Pau fernicular
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Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 1)

Outside of July when the taut, glistening muscles and shimmering shorts of riders are pedalling through the switchback roads during the Tour de France, the Hautes-Pyrenees is largely forgotten by everyone not training for the next race. Ask anyone without a bicycle about the Pyrenees and you’ll get, “It’s the […]