Guest post – 5 incredible wine destinations

May 27, 13 Guest post – 5 incredible wine destinations

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When you’re looking for the perfect summer wine bottle, there are a lot of different routes you could take. You might do some research to figure out which types of wine pair best with your favourite summer meals. You might simply head to the closest Marks and Spencer and pick out a few featured bottles. Or you might try to find a local tasting where wonderful summer wines will be available for display and sampling. But, if you want to get particularly adventurous looking for great wine this summer, there is yet another appealing option to consider: travel. The world is full of spectacular wine regions with wonderful atmospheres and delicious wines, all just waiting to be enjoyed and sampled. In fact, there are almost so many great wine regions that it’s tough to choose one to visit. But to help you along, here are 5 particularly incredible destinations around the world. Puglia, Italy You may think first of sprawling fields when you hear the word “vineyard,” and in this sense Puglia is a unique wine destination. A small peninsula surrounded by water so blue it seems straight out of a fantasy, Puglia is home to old world architecture and an isolated feeling that makes you feel privileged just to be there. Throw in exquisite wine and you’ve got a magnificent vacation! Douro Valley, Portugal The Douro River winds through a valley between hills dotted with beautiful vineyard terraces in this otherworldly destination. Picturesque without being cluttered or overpopulated, the Douro Valley offers a selection of very old vineyards with very fine wine. In particular, you’ll want to make sure you try some of this region’s renowned Port selections. Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil Known primarily for its active and vibrant cities and its festive beaches, Brazil is also home to some of the most fascinating wine country in South America. Largely thanks to Italian immigrants from the 19th century, Vale dos Vinhedos almost resembles the mountains, green wine regions of Europe more than any traditional Brazilian landscape, and offers a massive selection of fine wines. There’s plenty to see and do throughout...

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Tenute Rubino Negroamaro ’06

Over the holiday season, I managed to drink up a few everyday wines but didn’t really get around to blogging about them. Now however, I’ve got plenty of time on my hands so here’s one of my favourites from December. First up, a lovely, juicy negroamaro from Puglia, Italy, the Tenute Rubino Negroamaro ’06. Italian wines are underrated in my book, well the lesser known grapes anyway such as this lovely negroamaro (translation: bitter black) from Southern Italy. The southern Salento peninsula is where most negoramaro comes from and this is one fine example from one of the most modern wineries there, Tenute Rubino.   This wine was lip-smackingly good. At first I detected  black cherry but then a savoury character crept in followed by notes of black pepper, almost dusty.  On the palate, dark chocolate with a nice tannic structure, lively acidity, loads of black cherry. It was great with pasta and the fresh tomato, avocado, buffalo mozzarealla salad I had thrown together.   The black cherry fruit really came out with the food, a lovely finish. The acidity of the wine cleared the palate – nice dark chocolate finish with hints of black pepper. I thought this red was a great food wine, fresh and lively.  I couldn’t get enough of the nose – after about half an hour brambly dried herbs, violets, and fresh black cherries started to emerge from the glass. At £7.99 it might not be exactly budget but there are some things you really shouldn’t scrimp on, don’t you think? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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