The main highway leads to a blacktop country road that narrows as it winds for miles through forests and farmland. Just when you think your GPS must be wrong and you’re lost in the middle of nowhere a sign points to a nearly hidden driveway. Suddenly a stuccoed Tuscan villa, glowing gold in the afternoon sun, appears before row upon row of grape vines.
Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.
West Coast Wine Tasting Adventures California and Oregon take wine tasting beyond the bar and cellar. Story by Michael Cervin Wine tasting is never really billed as “adventurous.” After all, you’re typically sipping Chardonnay in a cellar. But for these West Coast wine experiences, wine goes hand in hand
The Garagiste Wine Festival, which was named America’s Best Wine Festival by USA Today, returns to LA County on June 21 and 22, 2019, with an expanded line-up of events, including a new-to-LA Rare and Reserve kick-off party, and a seminar on the rebirth of the LA wine industry featuring Angeleno artisan wineries.This marks The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure’s sixth anniversary in LA County, and its first time in Glendale, at the historic Glendale Civic Auditorium. The festival features over 200 wines from 50 winemakers, including Angeleno Wine Company, Byron Blatty Wines and Cavaletti Vineyards making wine from Los Angeles County.
Good tastes continue to expand in Tennessee. Here are just a few of the newest (and soon to open) places to eat and drink across the state.Sounds like an invitation to us!
While many of Virginia’s more than 280 wineries are dog-friendly to some degree, there are a handful of vintners that roll out the red carpet—and the swimming pools and the doggie ice cream truck—for Fido! Most of the Old Dominion’s pet-friendly vineyards offer water bowls and doggie treats, but these five that go above and beyond to welcome your furry friend.
Sonoma County,California has already earned a reputation as one of the world’s best wine producing regions. Its aim is to seize another title: First 100 percent sustainable wine region in the United States. A popular destination for travelers who love good food, good wine and good conversation with local wine producers, Sonoma County is home to wine grape growers with an uncommon commitment to sustainability. These folks are passionate about their commitment to protecting the gifts Mother Nature has provided in northern California and ensuring resources remain bountiful for generations to come.
The mention of Lubbock usually raises questions on where the city is located; even the fact that it is in the state of Texas typically garners curious looks. It may be overshadowed by many of the bigger, more popular cities in the nation’s second-largest state, but it’s a foodie travel destination worth notice. This southwestern gem has a surprisingly long history of agriculture as well as food and wine to sample.
With Virginia Wine Month on the horizon in October—the peak month in the Old Dominion for fall foliage—we’ve got grape-sipping and leaf-peeping on the brain. A couple of decades ago, Virginia wine was an oxymoron. Today, with more than 250 wineries and dozens of wine trails Virginia is now one of America’s top-producing wine states. Particularly known for its Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends, Virginia also produces excellent Viognier and Chardonnay white wines. During wine month, most of Virginia’s wineries host special events from wine dinners and tastings to live music and multi-day festivals.
If food is your passion, treat your taste buds to a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. You’ll find tastings that range from savory to sweet, behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, plus places to stock up on all the tools needed to recreate the flavors of the Smoky Mountains at home. These stops belong on every foodie’s itinerary.