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  • Ireland 2018

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    PINTS and HIKES AROUND IRELAND 11 DAYS IN IRELAND – THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME! GROUP ONE: May 21 to June 2, 2018 SOLD OUT GROUP TWO: June 4 to 16, 2018  SOLD OUT...

  • FRANCE 2017

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    SOUTH of FRANCE  SEPTEMBER 13-21, 2017  SOLD OUT! After several years of research, we have found the ‘perfect spot’ for our south of France tour. At a winery of course! And it’s close to...

  • Italy 2017

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    SEPTEMBER 3 to 13, 2017 The 4B’s: Barolo, Barbarescco, Barbera and Billy! SOLD OUT “An exceptional all round gastronomical, cultural and just plain fun tour!” This will be our 6th trip to the Barolo...

  • Portugal 2017

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    LISBON, PORTO & THE DOURO The ultimate Portugal experience 10 days, May 24 – June 4, 2017 SOLD OUT! Lisbon continues to be Portugal’s heartbeat, and deservedly so, but the excitement and energy is...

  • Wine, Food & Fun Tours

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    Our trips to Europe are action packed and offer experiences you couldn’t get if you went on your own. We spend hundreds of hours working out details, fine tuning and researching to give you...

  • IRELAND 2017

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    2017 IRISH SPRING TOUR: Food, Drink & FUN SOLD OUT 10 DAYS IN IRELAND – THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME! This is the trip we would want to take! A ‘country cottage week’ to...

  • Travel

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    Wanted to share some travel finds with you about Prince Edward County and Chicago… stay tuned for more! Or email tips about places you love and we’ll post it!   PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Part...

  • Testimonials

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    Buy lottery tickets! Sell your house! Do everything in your power to join Billy and Kato on next year’s Lisbon trip. BEST HOLIDAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE – the wines, the food, the art...

  • Winespeak

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    JOIN ME IN CREATING A BETTER WAY TO TALK ABOUT WINE! Traditional ‘winespeak’ – the language used by wine writers – may impress some, but for most, it’s meaningless. And more importantly it does not...

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Think Summer Parties!

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SPARKLING SUMMER PARTIES BECOME MORE AFFORDABLE Villa Sandi Prosecco is very light, very low in alcohol, and very well priced for the next few weeks. Start planning your summer events. Check out the sale too!...

Wine of SPRING

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Nothing expresses the feeling of spring better than a big glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Especially the tart French edition. It doesn’t say so on the label, but Lurton’s wine has the lean, clean invigorating character...

AMAZING $6.95 ITALIAN RED!

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I recommended this wine about three years ago, but have had trouble finding it since – till it showed up at my local. Pasqua is a big Veronese producer – think Valpolicella – a light...

YOUR NEXT HOUSE RED

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The south of Italy is best known for plummy rich reds but here’s one that’s more everyday gulpable. As in having lots of vitality, delicious bright flavours, and moderate alcohol. Think somewhere between Valpolicella and...

Planning for Summer part 2

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PLANNING for SUMMER: Consider getting a little stash for summer drinking. A super-refresher from a cool climate. THE ORIGINAL SAUVIGNON BLANC The Sauvignon grape originated in the Loire Valley of France where the wines express...